TAF2007 Exclusive Report: Takeshi Koike’s Red Line
By Jonah Morgan
In no way related to the Hollywood film of the same title (Madhouse writes this one as 2 words, perhaps to avoid any Avataresque eventualities), Director Takeshi Koike’s upcoming animated feature Red Line was one of the key exhibits being shown off by studio Madhouse at the Tokyo International Anime Fair 2007. A large poster with some new cut frame stills and staff information was nestled snuggly in the center of their booth. Information on the project is pretty scarce at present in both the English and Japanese spheres. MH has screened a few video clips at anime events around the USA in the last 12 months. The story deals with a sort of intergalactic ZERO / Gumball Rally premise. Every 5 years a large race is held on a different world and men and women (all humanoid so far) from across the cosmos flock to compete with their stylized varied craft. Some of images
I saw give me the deep impression of 1950’s / 60’s American hotrodder drag racing culture. New staff details include Original Story by Katsuhito Ishii (A Taste Of Tea, Kill Bill Chapter 3: The Origin of O-Ren animation), Gastonia, Madhouse. Red Line is currently still in production, a poster blurb mentions the director’s daring sense of layout and tricky and dazzling image work on the World Record segment of the Animatrix and Party 7. “With his visually entertaining images, Koike has attracted attention from anime fans, film personalities, and television advertisement insiders at home and abroad. He is to make his directorial debut for feature length animation in Red Line.”Koike was born in 1968, he hails from Yamagata Prefecture and joined Madhouse after graduating from highschool. His first work included original illustrations on MIDNIGHT EYE Goku II in 1989. In 1990 he was a mecha design supervisor on Cyber City City OEDO808.