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Live-Action adaptations Ranking

Date: 2006 February 6th Monday [10:20] | Posted By: Davie
Category: > Anime

According to Manga News there is an interesting article regarding the top 20 titles that were adapted into live-action films. The survey was conducted by Goo Ranking and statistics calculated from between November 24, 2005 and November 26, 2005.

1. NANA
2. Kindaichi Shounen no Jiken-bo
3. Spiderman
4. Dragon Ball
5. Cutie Honey
6. Cat's Eye
7. Initial D
8. City Hunter
9. Bat Man
10. AKIRA
11. Ninja Hattori-kun
12. Pin Pon
13. Casshern
14. Hachimitsu to Clover
15. Sin City
16. Tetsujin 28-gou
17. Warau Michael
18. Fantastic Four
19. Dragon Head
20. Samehada-otoko to Momojiri On'na

Source: Manga News

Howl For a Pound

Date: 2006 February 2nd Thursday [11:56] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Events

Here at Otaku News we keep our eyes peeled on your behalf, we've noticed many of the branches of cinema chain Cineworld are now advertising Howl's Moving castle for only £1 as part of its Saturday movies for juniors promotion. Please note that over 12's need to be accompanied by a child to qualify for the offer!

Ghibli movies are always a treat especially at the cinema - so if you haven't seen Howl big screen yet go now!

Source: Cineworld

South Bank Show Anime Special

Date: 2006 January 26th Thursday [18:30] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > TV

The Folks at Manga Entertainment UK have sent us a press release about an anime special South Bank Show, which is due to air on Sunday 19th of February. Some researchers for the South Bank Show even made the steps of visiting the London Anime Club to get the low down from British anime fans. Interestingly enough the press release also has some details about Jonathan Ross' recent Asian Invasion, stating that it got over 310,000 viewers, a BBC4 record (it's now clear however if this figure is for just the first screening of the show, or if the repeat screened later in the week is included too).

ITV4 will also be screening the original Ghost In The Shell movie on Saturday 4th March (we belive it's the dub version), so if you haven't seen it yet catch it!

Read More... | Source: Manga Entertainment UK

ADV Films Offers Anime Podcasts

Date: 2006 January 24th Tuesday [3:34] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Anime

Following on from offering torrents, ADV is now also offering selected content in podcast format. For those of you who don't have a portable media player you'll be pleased to know that the files are playable on an ordinary computer.

Source: ADV Films

Top 10 Anime Movies of 2005: Howl's Moving Castle at Number 1

Date: 2006 January 8th Sunday [10:35] | Posted By: Davie
Category: > Anime

According to Anime News Network, Howl's Moving Castle was the top grossing anime movie of 2005.

Read More... | Source: Anime News Network

Johnathon Ross’ Asian Invasion

Date: 2006 January 4th Wednesday [7:37] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Anime > TV

The BBC has finally given us another series about Asian cinema as part of BBC Four's Asian Invasion season fronted by Johnathon Ross. The first of three programmes goes out at 10pm on Tuesday the 10th of January, where Jonathon Ross interviews Mamoru Oshii.

The programme is followed by a subtitled showing of Takeshi Kitano's Kikujiro. A preview of the Asian Invasion programme is available on the BBC Four website.

Source: BBC Four

Hana Yori Dango Liveaction

Date: 2005 December 21st Wednesday [7:31] | Posted By: Voxie
Category: > Anime > Film

The last episode of the liveaction dorama of Hana Yori Dango has been broadcast, with news of a 5 disc boxset coming out in March next year.

Chances of release in the West are slim, but fans of the popular anime series can check out their liveaction versioned characters here: http://www.tbs.co.jp/hanayoridango/

Source: Natsumemaya Anime and Manga News

Top Japanese Films of 2005

Date: 2005 December 17th Saturday [6:56] | Posted By: Davie
Category: > Anime

As the year 2005 is coming to an end, the list of the top Japanese films that topped the box office has been released. It’s important to notice that most of the films are based on anime or are animated features. Analyzing the data shows Toho's continued dominance over Japan's movie industry:

1. Howl's Moving Castle (Toho) 19.6 billion yen
2. Pokemon Advance Generation: Myuu to Hadou no Yuusha (Toho) 4.3 billion yen
3. Koushou Nin Mashita Seigi (Toho) 4.2 billion yen
4. NANA (Toho) 4.03 billion yen
5. Yougisha Muroi Shin Tsugi (Toho) 3.83 billion yen
6. Densha Otoko (Toho) 3.7 billion yen
7. Kita No Rei Nen (Toei) 2.7 billion yen
8. Always -Sunset on Third Street- (Toho) 2.5 billion yen
9. Lorelei (Toho) 2.4 billion yen
10. Hoshi Ninatta Shounen (Toho) 2.3 billion yen

Source: Anime News Service

Studio Ghibli's Next Movie Will be Earthsea

Date: 2005 December 15th Thursday [17:15] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

Studio Ghibli have officially announced their next movie, which is due to hit Japan in July 2006. Gedo Senki (Gedo War History) is based on Ursula K. Le Guin's Tales from Earthsea Collection. Controversially Hayao Miyazaki son, Goro Miyazaki will be directing the film.

Read More... | Source: Studio Ghibli

New Pokemon Movie out in 2006

Date: 2005 December 11th Sunday [11:38] | Posted By: Davie
Category: > Anime

According to Anime News Service the new Pokemon Movie out in 2006 will be titled: Pokemon Ranger and the Prince of the Sea. The announcement was made on TV Tokyo's kodomo TV show, Oha Star. The story is about the discovery of a mysterious "legendary" Pokemon who comes from deep in the ocean. The Movie opens in July 2006 in theatres across Japan. For more details check out the Official Website.

Source: Anime news service

Casting Begins for Cameron's Battle Angel

Date: 2005 December 9th Friday [6:37] | Posted By: Voxie
Category: > Anime > Film

Finally, some concrete news on the production with Battle Angel - Based upon Battle Angel Alita, a great anime flick, and an even greater manga serial most would agree.

Mali Finn Casting have recently posted up an advert auditioning for the main lead, which will be held until the 19th December 2005. They also state that 'no prior film experience is necessary'. What are you waiting for? Submit your sisters and daughters!

Source: VFXWorld News

Ghibli Season on Film 4

Date: 2005 December 2nd Friday [7:18] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Anime > Film

Nausicaa.net are reporting that Film Four is having a Ghibli season in January. The films will largely be shown in English dub.

Read More... | Source: Nausicaa.net

Howl's Moving Castle and Steamboy On Long List for Oscars

Date: 2005 November 17th Thursday [18:33] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, have just published a press release revealing the long list of ten films to compete for the Animated Feature Oscar. Three of the top films on the list will then go on to be nominated for the Oscar. Anime fans should be cheering for Howl's Moving Castle and Steamboy.

It's clear to see that the competition is very tough this year, with Madagascar, Tim Burton's Corpse Bride, and Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit; also in the running.

Read More... | Source: Oscars.org

Hammerboy on Toonami

Date: 2005 November 14th Monday [12:15] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Anime > TV

Korean animation Hammerboy will be screened on the UK Toonami channel on the Friday 5:30 film slot.

Source:

Hayao Miyazaki’s Son to Direct Next Ghibli Film

Date: 2005 November 14th Monday [6:25] | Posted By: Davie
Category: > Anime

According to Anime News Network, it is reported that Hayao Miyazaki’s Son, Goro Miyazaki will direct the next Studio Ghibli Movie. Goro Miyazaki has been the director of Ghibli Museum until recently. The film is to be released in summer of 2006 and other details will be released on Dec 13th. The announcement was made by Toshio Suzuki at Meiji University and he reported Hayao Miyazaki to be "fiercely against the idea."

Source: Anime News Network

FMA DVD Out In Japan In January 2006

Date: 2005 November 11th Friday [12:29] | Posted By: Davie
Category: > Anime

Some good news for FMA fans as it is reported on Anime News Service that the release of the movie "Conqueror of Shambala Gekijyouban Hagane no Renkinjutsushi - Shanbara wo Yuku Mono" is expected on the 25th of January 2006 in Japan. Sony Music announced that there will be three versions of the movie: a Complete Production Limited Edition DVD (8,925 Yen), Regular Version DVD (3,990 Yen) and UMD Video Version (3,990 Yen) will be sold. It is important to note that the limited edition version is English subtitled, contains 2 omake discs and a guide book. During its theatrical run the film drew 1.1 million in attendance, and a profit of 1.3 billion Yen. Manga sales for 12 volumes on the market has exceeded 19 million copies and of the 13 volumes of the TV anime put on the market, sales have exceeded one million units.

Source: Anime News Service

Zeta Gundam Movie Premieres in Japan

Date: 2005 November 1st Tuesday [6:22] | Posted By: Davie
Category: > Anime

According to Anime News Network the second movie from the Zeta Gundam Saga premiered last weekend at Japanese theatres. ‘Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam: A New Translation II-Lovers’ made it at the number 5 spot whilst the first movie, Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam: A New Translation -Heirs to the Stars- opened in third spot in late May and broke daily box office records at six Japanese theaters.

The final installment of the Zeta Gundam Saga- "Love is the Pulse of the Stars" will be released to theaters Saturday, March 4th, 2006. Some official promotional material will be released and a small image of a promotional poster for Zeta 3 is hosted on the official website.

Source: Anime News Network

Miyazaki on TCM in January

Date: 2005 October 26th Wednesday [23:18] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Anime

Turner Classic Movies will be airing anime films by Hayao Miyazaki in January.

Read More... | Source: Anime News Network

Nana Sequel to be released in 2007

Date: 2005 October 19th Wednesday [7:25] | Posted By: Davie
Category: > Anime

Good News for Nana fans as there are plans for a sequel to the hugely successful Live-Action which was released a couple of months ago. The filming will start next summer and Director Kentaro Otani will work along the original cast and staff. The Sequel will be released in 2007 according to the official website.
Nana the Live-Action made huge success with two two singles (Mika Nakashima starring NANA "Glamorous Sky" and Yuna Ito's "Endless Story")topping the charts, and with the 13th volume of the series bringing comic sales up to 25million copies.
It seems that the sequel will continue to expand the Nana craze.

Source: Akadot

More Manga Adaptations

Date: 2005 October 18th Tuesday [12:56] | Posted By: Davie
Category: > Manga

According to Anime News Network another 2 manga will be adapted into a Live-Action movie and an Anime series. In fact a live-action drama based on Rumiko Takashi's ‘Maison Ikkoku’ will be broadcast next year. The other project is an Anime TV Series of Akihito Yoshitomi's ‘Ray’ manga. No Further Details are available at the moment.

Source: Anime News Network

Miyazaki Features at The London Children's Film Festival

Date: 2005 October 17th Monday [18:15] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

Otaku News have just discovered that the London Children's Film Festival will feature at least two excellent Miyazaki productions. My Neighbour Totoro, which is a simply magical feature that all children should watch will be screened on Sunday 13th November 2.15pm. Totoro was so popular, it because Studio Ghibli's logo, and is one of the most loved icons of Japan.

The Crimson Pig (better known as Porco Rosso in anime circles), is a film showing Miyazaki's love of aircraft and pigs. Much has been said about this excellent film. Younger children will enjoy it's light hearted comedy elements, while older children and adults will notice more in depth side of the story about a man sick of war and the rise of fascism. Porco Rosso will be screened on Saturday 12th November at 1:30pm, Sunday 13th at 2pm and Wednesday 16th at 4pm. For more in depth details on each film check out Nausicaa.net

Source: London Children's Film Festival

Tokyo Daigaku Monogatari Manga to Become a Live-Action Film

Date: 2005 October 11th Tuesday [4:46] | Posted By: Davie
Category: > Manga

According to Anime News Service, another Manga-Based Live-Action will be produced. This time it’s the popular Manga ‘Tokyo Daigaku Monogatari’ by Mangaka Tatsuya Egawa who also was behind the popular Manga ‘Golden Boy’.
The lead role was given to twenty year old actress Yoko Mitsuya who is widely known for 87cm chest size.
The story is about high school students who aim to enter the prestigious Tokyo University. When high school boy Murakami falls in love with his classmate Haruka, it is love at first sight. But as luck would have it his friend Sano also falls in love with her and is getting in the way.
The Film is to open next spring and an adaptation of the story to TV drama and animation has already been done.

Source: Anime News Service

Godzilla Launch Venues Announced

Date: 2005 October 6th Thursday [14:13] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Anime > Film

As we previously reported the first Godzilla film is to be released uncut. The BFI Godilla page now lists the opening venues for the film the ICA, Curzon Soho, Screen on the Green Islington and the Picturehouse Clapham. Only the ICA has so far posted times.

Source: BFI

Nana not so easy to adapt

Date: 2005 October 4th Tuesday [4:47] | Posted By: Davie
Category: > Anime

According to Mainichi Daily News the director of the popular Live-action film ‘Nana’ Kentaro Onani said that it was tough to adapt from the best-selling comic book of the same name as there were too many popular scenes to choose from.

Read More... | Source: Mainichi Daily News

Waru:Not Based on Yukari Hashida’s Manga

Date: 2005 October 2nd Sunday [7:29] | Posted By: Davie
Category: > Manga

As many Anime News Sites have been reporting that the new Takashi Mike Live-Action film was based on the popular manga Waru by Yukari Hashida, it is now reported that actually there was an error and the movie is based on a similarly named 1970’s manga by Hisao Maki.

Therefore a possible disappointment for Yaoi fans as in this version of Waru there are no boy to boy relationships.

Hashida’s Waru was creditted as being "an edgy action-packed tale of outlaw swordsman Youji Himuro".

Source: Anime News Network

More Live-Action Movies based on Manga

Date: 2005 September 28th Wednesday [9:30] | Posted By: Davie
Category: > Manga

More Manga Based Live-Action Movies are taking the Japanese Film Industry by storm. The future adaptations will be based on the Manga Waru-Final and SUBARU.

Read More... | Source: Anime News Service

Kakurenbo Official Site Online

Date: 2005 September 27th Tuesday [15:16] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

Central Park Media have just sent us details about their Kakurenbo: Hide & Seek website. In addition to information about the CG animation's awards, creators, and English and Japanese voice actors (including Junko Takeuchi - the voice of Naruto), there's a special video recorded at this year's San Diego Comic-Con.

The DVD is due for release on October 11.

Source: Central Park Media

Saikano Live-Action Premiere

Date: 2005 September 25th Sunday [15:39] | Posted By: Davie
Category: > Anime

According to Anime News Service, Toei Animation Co announced that the Live-Action movie of Saikano (She the Ultimate Weapon) will premiere at the Tokyo International Film Festival on the 29th of October.

The Lead Actress portraying Chise, the deadly war cyborg disguised as a student is Aki Maeda who took part in Battle Royale.

The Japanese Theatrical release is set to be in February 2006. For more check out the offical website.

Source: Anime news service

Earthsea the Next Miyazaki Film?

Date: 2005 September 24th Saturday [12:45] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Production > Studio Ghibli

Ursula K. Le Guin’s classic A Wizard of Earthsea might possibly be the next film project Hayao Miyazaki is working on. Earthsea was adapted by the Sci Fi channel last year for a live action mini-series, that Le Guin publicly stated her dislike of because of the liberties it took with the story and concepts.

Ghibli has yet to make an official announcement, and it is perfectly possible this is all wild speculation since Miyazaki has admitted in the past he’s a fan of the book.

Source: Anime News Service

More Anime Series to be adapted into Live-Action Films

Date: 2005 September 21st Wednesday [6:42] | Posted By: Davie
Category: > Anime

According to Manganews the controversial Oav ‘Boku Wa Imouto ni koi o Suru’ will be adapted into a drama Live-Action. The Story is about a guy named Yori who is in love with his twin sister, Iku. Auditions for Misc. characters have already started.
Another series that will be turned into a Live-Action is the Horror flick ‘Kami No Hidarite Akuma No migite ’ which is by Umezz Kazuo. The Main character will be played by Shibuya Asuka who is the leader of Bishoujo Club 31.

Source: Manga News

Howl's Moving Castle Review

Date: 2005 September 19th Monday [6:00] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Anime > Film

Howl’s Moving Castle is due to be released in the UK on the 23rd of September, and to celebrate we have an early review. Please note that since the film is being compared to the book in places there are small spoilers throughout for both versions, though we’ve tried to keep them to a minimum.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Exclusive Howl's Moving Castle Preview Screening Offer

Date: 2005 September 15th Thursday [18:57] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

With Howl's Moving Castle being launched in the UK from September 23rd every British anime fan is counting the days until they can see it on the big screen. It's already had a few special art house and festival showings in the UK, but these sold out ridiculously quickly. For our UK readers in the Hertfordshire area, we've managed to get exclusive preview screening tickets.

The good people at Cineworld in Stevenage have decided that Otaku News readers can come to this advanced screening for free! All you have to do is download this flyer, and be able to get to Stevenage Cineworld on Wednesday 21st September 2005 for 8:15pm. Present the flyer to the Cineworld staff to attend the screening. Please note that seats are subject to availability so turn up early if you really want to see Howl's Moving Castle!

Please note that the flyer is in PDF format, so if you have problems printing the file try downloading Adobe Acrobat.

Source: Cineworld Stevenage

Howl's Moving Castle Media Clips

Date: 2005 September 15th Thursday [18:48] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

With Studio Ghibli excellent Howl's Moving Castle being released in the UK next week, we thought it would be a nice idea for you to take a look at some of the media trailers available.

Read More... | Source: Howl's Moving Castle

Sight and Sound Magazine - Castles In The Sky

Date: 2005 September 13th Tuesday [15:59] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

With the up coming UK release of Howl's Moving Castle on the 23rd of September, BFI's Sight and Sound Magazine have posted an feature by Andrew Osmond, on the movie. Unlike some standard press fodder Andrew knows his stuff, he is a fan of Miyazaki's works and is active in UK anime fandom. It's nice to see that the BFI are using good sources and publishing articles on Miyazaki and his works.

Source: BFI - Sight & Sound

Time Out UK Magazine Give Away Howl Tickets

Date: 2005 September 5th Monday [15:08] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

Courtesy of Optimum Releasing, Time Out Magazine have 200 Howl's Moving Castle tickets for a special preview screening to give away! To enter read the instructions on their website and send a Stamped Address Envelope to them by the 13th of September.

Source: Time Out

Firecracker Showcase 2005

Date: 2005 August 30th Tuesday [15:30] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

Jonathan Clements has sent us details of the Firecracker Showcase 2005 in London, which will be screening Studio Ghibli's excellent Howl's Moving Castle, Appleseed, along with a Sonny Chiba triple bill featuring the live action version of Golgo 13 too (otaku will know Sonny plays Hattori Hanzo in Kill Bill).

Read More... | Source: Firecracker Showcase 2005

Godzilla Uncut for the UK

Date: 2005 August 30th Tuesday [14:13] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Anime > Film

An uncut version of the original 1954 classic Godzilla will be released on 14th October for the first time uncut in the UK on DVD and for a limited run at selected cinemas. If you’ve seen the original Godzilla dubbed it’s likely to be the American re-edit which also featured Raymond Burr, so the uncut version is definatly worth a look for a darker take on everyones' favourite giant monster.

Source: BFI

More Details About Honey & Clover Live-Action

Date: 2005 August 30th Tuesday [6:17] | Posted By: Davie
Category: > Anime

More details about Honey & Clover becoming a Live-Action film.

According to the Anime News Network, Sakurai Sho (23), member of the popular J-Pop music group ARASHI, will play the lead male role as Takemoto Yuuta.

Other Cast members include: Aoi Yuu (20), Iseya Yusuke (29) Kase Ryo (30), and Seki Megumi (19).
The movie is scheduled to open in summer 2006 and will be directed by Masahiro Takada, a commercial advertisement director, making this his debut as a feature director.

Source: Anime News Network

Honey & Clover Live Action Movie in Production

Date: 2005 August 28th Sunday [19:34] | Posted By: Voxie
Category: > Anime > Film

Having watched and enjoyed the anime series Honey and Clover (Hachimitsu to Clover) recently at the London Anime Club, I was shocked to read that the series has been highly successful in Japan and that there are now reports of a live action movie on the burner!

The film is currently set for nationwide theatrical release (Japan) Summer 2006.

Source: Memento

Inuyasha the Movie 3 to Screen at 15 Wal-Marts in US

Date: 2005 August 26th Friday [13:23] | Posted By: Voxie
Category: > Anime

Purchase your groceries and watch a hot anime movie at the same time? Previously, this may have only been possible over a computer monitor! US anime fans have the pleasure of walking into their local Wal-Mart, and viewing Inuyasha Movie 3 'Swords of an Honorable Ruler'.

This is the third of a total of four movies so far for the popular series, originally a manga by Rumiko Takahashi.

"More than 4,000 fans will have the opportunity to screen INUYASHA THE MOVIE 3 for free in cities such as Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Atlanta and Seattle." AWN Headline News.

The tour takes place at selected Wal-Mart stores, and has been running from 24th August until 18th September 2005! Shoppers will also recieve bonus Inuyasha gifts. Well, now you have a real reason to do the grocery shopping for your mom!

Source: Awn Headline News

Howl's Moving Castle Premiere in the UK

Date: 2005 August 24th Wednesday [7:19] | Posted By: Davie
Category: > Anime

According to Anime News Network the premiere of Howl’s Moving Castle in the U.K is set to be on the 2nd of September at 19:30 hrs at The British Academy (BAFTA - Princess Anne Theatre) 195 Piccadilly London, UK, to inaugurate BAFTA's London Japanese Film Festival.

A reception hosted by the Japanese Embassy at 18:30 is to be held before the screening. Tickets are £10 for the combined event for non BAFTA members. More information may be found on the BAFTA website.

Otaku will note that this is not the first screening of Howl's Moving Castle in the UK, since the first public screening was held in Cambridge and featured a Question and Answers session with Howl's original author Diana Wynne Jones.

Optimum Releasing have also launched www.howlsmovingcastlemovie.co.uk which features some lovely wallpaper in their downloads section.

Source: Anime News Network

Millennium Actress to Feature Atlantic Accents

Date: 2005 August 22nd Monday [17:38] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Anime > Film

It seems that Millennium actress will have Atlantic accents according to reports from Eyeonanime.co.uk. It’s a bit of a shame for fans that were genuinely excited to see a real British dub, but it seems that Manga Entertainment feel that it will be too jarring to hear English voices on a dub.

Source: Eyeonanime.co.uk

Millenium Actress to Feature British Dub

Date: 2005 August 19th Friday [9:44] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Anime > Film

The UK release of Millenium Actress will contain a dub. Animeton are reporting it will feature a dub using British voice over talent, a rarity for Western anime releases. Neo Magazine also state in their next issue that they will feature an article on dubbing the film.

Source: Animeuknews.net

Manga Kiseiju to become Hollywood Remake

Date: 2005 August 12th Friday [9:36] | Posted By: Davie
Category: > Manga

More movies based on Japanese Manga are taking Hollywood by storm. Hitoshi Iwaaki's popular manga Kiseiju is going to remade by Hollywood.

Takashi Shimizu, who made his Hollywood debut with the remake The Grudge, will be directing this project by New Line Cinema Productions. Shimizu will be a supervisor in the writing of the script and the film will be produced by his partner Takashige Ichise, as well as Don Murphy of Angry Films and Lisa Henson and Kristine Belson of Henson Pictures. The English title is Parasyte and it is said that production will begin once the sequel to The Grudge is finished.

Source: Akadot

Monster to become Hollywood Remake

Date: 2005 August 12th Friday [9:22] | Posted By: Davie
Category: > Manga

According to Akadot, the popular manga of Naoki Urasawa 'MONSTER' will become a Hollywood Remake. The project that has been in the midst of production. Newline Cinema has hired Josh Olsen as the screenwriter, he is also known for the writing scripts for low budget movies including "A History of Violence," "Lethal Trigger," and "Killer Bugs". The contract contract allows for the possibility of sequels.

Source: Akadot

Kamikaze Girls to Hit U.S. Box Office

Date: 2005 August 11th Thursday [21:25] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Anime

VIZ Media, LLC, has announced that they will be releasing the award winning Japanese film Kamikaze Girls theatrically in several major North American cities. The film follows others such as Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away (which won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature), Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence and most recently Howl’s Moving Castle. Kamikaze Girls will make its debut on September 9 in New York City at the Village East Cinemas, followed on September 16 at Los Angeles’ Landmark’s NuArt Theater, with additional bookings in Seattle, San Francisco and other cities.

Based on the hit novel by Novala Takemoto, which is set to be translated and released by VIZ Media in February 2006 as part of their Fiction Imprint line, Kamikaze Girls follows the adventures of two mis-matched girls, a Lolita-type named Momoko and a tough high school biker named Ichigo, whose strong personalities initially clash but eventually bind them together as they embark on a quest to find a legendary embroiderer. Starring hot young J-Pop talents Kyoko Fukada as Momoko and Anna Tsuchiya as Ichigo, the film became an immediate cult favorite in Japan with its complex, multilayered plot and eccentric and infectious brand of humor. It has also won several awards: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress and Best New Actor at the Yokohama Movie Awards, and Best New Director at the Fujimoto Awards. Further information about the film can be found at the website, www.kamikazegirls.net.

Source: VIZ Media

Black Jack Live-Action to be directed by Makoto Tezuka

Date: 2005 August 4th Thursday [11:41] | Posted By: Davie
Category: > Anime

According to Akadot the popular classic by the late Osamu Tezuka, Black Jack will become an animated movie and will be directed by Makoto Tezuka, Osamu's eldest son. The movie's release is scheduled for December 17th.

Makoto Tezuka took over directing the animated TV series of Black Jack since last October and singer Hiro's new release 'Clover' is to be Black Jack Ending theme song.

The Movie will be titled "Black Jack the two doctors of darkness" and the story is about the infamous protagonist Black Jack, an unlicensed genius surgeon whose service comes at impossibly high prices, and his rival Dr. Kiriko, who practices euthanasia rather thoughtlessly to end his patients' pain. The movie portrays the two doctors as they engage in a battle over life.

Official BLACK JACK site (Japanese) - http://blackjack.jp

Source: Akadot

Doraemon the Movie Scheduled for 2006

Date: 2005 July 29th Friday [4:46] | Posted By: Davie
Category: > Anime

According to Answers.com, the Fujiko Movie Studio announced that the 2005 Doreamon Movie:"Nobita no Kyoryuu" (Nobita's Dinosaur), was postponed until the spring of 2006.

Doraemon made its first debut in 1970 with stories being published in 45 books and after that an anime series was produced. In 1980 a series of animated films was made and made the series even more popular. For more information and to view the trailer of the new movie visit the Official Doraemon Movie website.

Source: Answers.com

NFT Screenings - Japanese Animation: Manga to Miyazaki

Date: 2005 July 28th Thursday [17:53] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

It's always nice when you mention events before the press release is sent out, as we did with the Japanese Animation: Manga to Miyazaki season at the National Film Theatre.

The films selected are all a real treat, and anime who can get to London are spoilt for choice this August, Satoshi Kon's work is great and almost everyone would have heard about Hayao Miyazaki's superb films.

The Otaku News Crew will be attending a few of the screenings too, so if you see us (and know what we look like ^_-) don't be afraid to come up to us and say hello!

Read More... | Source: National Film Theatre

Makoto Shinkai in London

Date: 2005 July 27th Wednesday [11:57] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Events

Makoto Shinkai will be in London on August 12th to attend a screening of Voices of a Distant Star and She and Her cat at the NFT, which will be followed by a talk by the creator himself. VODS was animated, written and directed by Shinkai himself. We highly recommend it. For those who can’t make it the DVD is still available from ADV UK.

More information on the screening can be found on the NFT website . As we previously reported the NFT are screening several other anime as part of an anime season. For more information on the film click read more for the ADV Films UK press release.

Read More... | Source: ADV Films UK

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