I want to complete the news from the berlin film festival called "Berlinale 2002".
On this film festival you can see TWO of the newest and hottest anime from japan: the record-anime "Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi" (engl. and german sub) and "Palumu no Ki" ( A Tree of Palme) (engl. sub). The last anime "Palumu no Ki" is not started in japan yet. So, the germans can see it as the first in the world. ^_^ To the japan films: on "Berlinale 2002" will be screening 11 films from japan or co-productions with japan. You can see it in the programm. The films are:
"KT" by Junji Sakamoto (jap./korean) - engl. sub
"Honogurai Mizuno Sokokara" (Dark Water) by Hideo Nakata (jap.) - engl. sub
"All about Lily Chou-Chou" by Shunji Iwai (jap.) - engl. sub
"Itai Futari" (A Painful Pair) by Hisashi Saito (jap.) - engl. sub
"GO" by Isao Yukisada (jap./ korean) - engl. sub
"Manzan Benigaki" by Ogawa Shinsuke, Peng Xiaolian (jap.) - german sub
"Hama Maiku" ("Namae no Nai Mori" and "Yokohama Mike" by Aoyama Shinji (jap.) - engl. sub
"Shurayuki Hime" (The Princess Blade) by Sato Shinsuke (jap.) - engl. sub
"Kasei no Kanon" (The Mars Canon) by Kazama Shiori (jap.) - german sub
"Enan no Musume" (Daughter from Yan'an) by Ikeya Kaoru (jap./ mandarin) - engl. sub
Programm download as .pdf format:
The official Site: www.berlinale.de
Pokemon Musical to tour UK:
The latest incarnation of Pokemon, the musical 'Pokemon Live!' is set to tour the UK in May.
The tour dates will include:
Glasgow Armadillo: 2nd-3rd May
Manchester Apollo: 4th-5th May
Brighton Centre: 7th May
Bournemouth International Centre: 8th May
London's Hammersmith Apollo: 9th-11th May
Newcastle Telewest Arena: 12th May
Nottingham Arena: 14th May
Blackpool Opera House: 16th May
Birmingham NIA Academy: 17th-18th May
Cardiff International Arena: 19th May
Unfortunately, the actual content of the show is too cringe inducing to describe here.
Sources: Ana Nova
Minamicon closes registration
Every March, anime fans gather in Southampton for the annual Minamicon anime convention organised by the London Anime Club. This year, the event has proven so popular that the convention has sold all of its places in advance. The organisers are therefore asking anyone who is not already registered, not to turn up on the day as they will be unable to let them in.
This came in from Corona :
"On today's edition of Entertainment Tonight there will be some kind of first look at The Matrix Reloaded. Exactly what will be shown on the pop culture program is unclear, but it's bound to be of major interest to fans of the sci-fi franchise. "The sequel carves a continuation of [my character] Neo's journey and his quest to find out the truth," Keanu Reeves told ET at their website. "It's more about the conflict with the machines and the humans."
"Jada Pinkett-Smith will also get a chance to talk a bit. "These sequels are going to blast the original off the screen, and that's exactly what the fans want," the actress who plays Morpheus' love interest, Niobi, had to say.Check your local listings for when today's Entertainment Tonight airs in your neck of the woods. [Originally appeared on Entertainment Tonight's website.]"
Spirited Away will be one of the films competing at the Berlin film festival, along with "KT" (A Japanese/Korean co-production)and "Bridget".(A French/Japanese co-production)
www.whoisichi.com mentioned that Ichi the Killer will be playing at the Film Comment Selects in New York from February 18-28. The main site for Film Comment (Filmlinc) mentions that Kiyoshi Kurosawa's "Barren Illusion" and "Pulse",Makoto Shinozaki's "Not Forgotten", Hideo Nakata's "Ring", Nobuhiro Suwa's "H-Story", and Akihiko Shiota's "Harmful Insect" will also be present.
This post states Viz's theatrical releases for this year will be "Uzumaki",[Check out the manga from Pulp.]Hideo Nakata's "Chaos" and Katsushito Ishii's "Shark Skin Man & Peach Hip Girl". Unfortunately, no word on when exactly Dead or Alive will hit dvd, but a poster at Anime On DVD's has mentioned that Patrick Macias is trying to insure the film will receive decent treatment.
1)"The big news today is that last week...GMK...was shown to the suits at Sony. An insider attended the showing that will determine if GMK will have a theatrical release. The insider remarked he was impressed with the film but did have some concerns over certain parts of the film including the "suitmation" and other aspects, I will see if I can post some of these comments later. As for the other attendees he said they appeared to be hooked for the first 45 minutes but then abruptly left the screening 2/3 the way through. This concerned him of course but nonetheless it was confirmed later "...the suits at Sony liked GMK after all. Guess they can judge a movie's merits based on only two thirds of it. :-)" Another screening is planned for the head of the division that handled the Godzilla 2000 project, MZ will update when that happens. Keep your fingers crossed! 2)"On a side note, it is confirmed that Sony will indeed be releasing GXM on DVD in the future....
3)"GODZILLA - MOTHRA - KING GHIDORAH will be screened at the 2002 American Film Market, a trade event in which the the buisness side of Hollywood make and break deals over film distributions. The event takes place in Santa Monica, California on Feb. 20-27. Over 600 films will be shown and GMK is among them. The website lists the show date on Feb 22 at 3:00pm at the Broadway Cineplex. The AFM is not a film festival but is open to anyone who wants to attend, they do sell one day passess but its $250. Click here for more info on AFM. (A major thanks to Richard Guillaume for the tip!...
4)"ASIAN FANTASY FILM EXPO 3: KANEKO RETURNS AFFE 3 (June 15 & 16 2002) announced its guest line up for this year. Shusuke Kaneko, director of GMK will make his second appearance at AFFE. Other guests include: Teruyoshi Nakano, director of such films as GODZILLA VS. HEDORAH and TERROR OF MECHAGODZILLA; Shinichi Yokokawa, head of Bandai's toy development; Carl Craig, start of GAMERA VS. VIRUS; and Bob Eggleton, famous sci-fi artist including Godzilla. Check out the AFFE website for more information.
5)"French Godzilla fan Philippe Eude sent in a collection of great Godzilla icons covering all the films for you to download. Check the links below for ZIP file (for Windows) and a Stuffit file (for Mac)containing all the icons. Philippe asks that if the icons are distributed to be please use the files he made and keep the readme file included. Enjoy!
6)"Like the new Fan Fiction section (check the menu) MZ's own Eavesdropper is heading up the new Kaiju Fan Art section of MZ's message board where you can share your best artwork and get great tips from experienced artists. If you have something to share and want to be part of Eavesdropper's "best of" collection drop by the board today. In the meantime check out the awesome Kamen Rider work that Mark Jones sent in."
Director: Mamoru Hamatsu (BT'X, Samurai Troopers, Arislan Series Director)
Script: Aya Katsuragi (BT'X scenario, )
Storyboard: Mamoru Hamatsu
Character Design: Akira Hirayama
Art Supervisor: Takashi Miyano
Satoru Otsubo Compilation: T.D.B
Acoustic Supervision: Satoshi Kato
Music Supervision: Kiyoshi Suzuki
Music: Yuji Ono
Lupin III: Kanachi Kurita
Jigen Daisuke: Obayashi Kiyoshi
Ishikawa Goemon: Inoue Makio
Cast inckudes Kikuko Inoue, Megumi Toyoguchi, Ryoka Yuki, Tomiko Orikasa, Kuwashima Houko and Michie Tanaka.
Director Hideaki Anno of "EVANGELION" got married.//
Marriage of Mr. Hideaki Anno (41) who directed the big hit animation movie "EVANGELION" was announced on February 4. A partner is Mrs. A (30) who was working in the manufacture company which this supervisor founded, and holds a ceremony in Tokyo and Meiji-jingu on April 27. The matrimonial report is also finished together with all of two persons in the parents' home of a supervisor's Yamaguchi Prefecture. A ceremony is held only in relatives. The place of increasingly the activity at the time of advance and marriage is likely to be extended also to a documentary film recently.
Director Anno says that he is talking in "(to mass communications )thing like having you take up --."
Also in the Japanese motion-picture world, Director anno was called singular genius and he has sent out the popular work one after another with peculiar feeling.
"Difficult words", a "story", "the hint precisely spread around", "suffering of characters", etc. attracted attention, and "new generation EVANGELION" which started from television animation and developed even into the movie attracted young men.
The young intellectual developed the dispute on the personal computer, and the overheating situation was called "EVA phenomenon."
Then, Writer Ryu Murakami's (49) novel "Love & pop" on the theme of a girls' high school student's compensated dating was dramatic-film-ized in 1997. The photography using the epoch-making digital camera was challenged those days.
In "shiki-jitsu" in 2000, Mr. shunji iwai (39) of the film director known for a "swallow tail" was appointed as an actor, and it was observed.
Now, Director Anno has started preparation of new work. As an image writer who has dealt with both animation and a dramatic film, the place of activity spreads out rapidly. At the time of marriage, a polish is likely to start the new style increasingly.
// Hideaki Anno. May 22, 1960, birth in Ube-city, Yamaguchi prefecture.
Image-related work is begun during the Osaka Tokyo Gakugei University enrollment in school.
It will take charge of Director Hayao Miyazaki's "Naushika"'s original picture in 83. It comes out with "aim at the top" as a supervisor in 1988. The television series animation for 95 years "new generation EVANGELION" attracts attention. Two works, the object for theaters "a new world Evan GERION apostle rebirth" and "THE END OF EVANGELION", will be a big hit in 97. Blood type A.
Source: Nikkan Sports
Bandai (Japan), in association with Fujikyu Highland Amusement Park, have released the limited edtion 1/144 HGUC RGM-79 GM "Gundam The Ride" package. This special package is released exclusively for Fujikyu Highland's Gundam The Ride (GTR) amusement park ride in Tokyo, Japan, it features two 1/144 HGUC GM with special 'Jack the Halloween' MS Team markings for Adam Stingray and Jack Beard's units, plus the exclusive 1/144 EFSF's Space Launch escape boat as shown in GTR's animation. This package is available only at GTR's Gundam Shop for ¥1800 and is currently available in Hong Kong at the airpost price of HK$380
In addition, Gundam fans in Japan will a chance to experience and participate in the historic "Sieg Zeon" live recording event during the "New Century Tokyo International Animation Fair on Sunday Feb 17, 2002 at Tokyo's Big Sight convention centure. Participants (in large group) will be gathered at the event's Bandai booth to record the classic "Sieg Zeon" chant which will be recorded live and used onto GG - Zeon's Independence War's animation segment. "Sieg Zeon!"..."
Meito Anizawa - Tomokazu Seki
President Takahashi - Jurouta Kosugi
Lamica Hoshii - Miki Nagasawa
Guy Denki - Shinichirou Miki
Touya Dougenzaka - Takehito Koyasu
Mel Rose - Hiroaki Hirata
Narration - Kazuhiko Shimamoto
Theme song: "Anime Tenchou"
Song - Tomokazu Seki
Lyrics - Kazuhiko Shimamoto
Music - Cublic
Original Story / Character Design - Kazuhiko Shimamoto
Animation Character design / Continuity / Screen Play / Art Director - Hiroyuki Imaishi
Executive Director - Hideaki Anno
Concept Work - MOVIC
Production - ANIMATE
Animation Production - GAINAX
New year, new company, new titles
In a surprise move, the J-Pop Foundation has announced that they will sell some DVD's themselves on their Anime2002 convention. The big news is that, next to the familiar MangaDVD titles, some brand new releases by Dynamic Visions (DV) are to be sold as well. These include: Serial Experiments Lain, Golden Boy, Aika. Blue Sub 6 and the Kenshin ova. This is surely great news for Dutch speaking fans who have been denied new titles for too long. When and how the DV releases wil be sold through regular shops is not yet announced. Expect more details after the convention, as there will be an industry panel involving DV.
IFFR promotional material sparks controverse
Ichi The Killer has made some waves during the recently concluded International Film Festival of Rotterdam (IFFR). It would seem so when half the audience leaves during the movie, but there was an unexpected side effect: In it's promotional material, the IFFR claimed that "A man like Takashi Miike won't be forgotten soon by Rotterdam. During this edition, he's represented by not less than four movies. One of them is 'Ichi The Killer', a real-life Mangamovie, saturated with violence that we have come to expect from the Japanese animation genre". Some Dutch newspapers have literally copied this text, thus enforcing the fact' that all Japanese animation contains explicit material such as this. A rather large paper used the headline "How depraved can the Japanese soul become?". Not surprisingly, Avalon slipped by quietly, receiving virtually no coverage, as did the three 'milder' films by Takashi Miike.
New issue of AniWay on sale
Dutch speaking fans can finally pick up the new issue of AniWay. Production was hampered by technical problems, resulting in a small delay. Starting this issue, AniWay is distributed throughout all of Holland. Issue eight focuses on fantasy anime such as Record of Lodoss War and features a comic short by Japanese artist Toshi Unoki titled "The Harry Preciousss Game". Cover art is handled by Bookie-chan of Tanuki Studios and can be seen here:
Thanks to Nick for the referal
Media-crity II - Yeah, we know /Knight Rider/ had less plot
/Initial D/ is a Japanese animated cartoon about street racing -- sort of /Speed Racer/ meets /The Fast and the Furious/. Instead of Speed and his powerful Mach 5, /Initial D/ stars 17-year-old tofu delivery boy Takumi and an '86 Toyota Corolla. The story line: Takumi hones driving skills delivering the tasty food-like goo on a route that covers hairpin turns on Mount Akina. In a chance meeting Takumi faces street racing's notorious Keisuke... and beats him! Suddenly, challengers came looking for the famous "Eight-Six of Mount Akina." That's the story line in its entirety. We smell a TV series and maybe even a full-length feature as negotiations are underway to bring /Initial D/ to American TV.
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