News NYAF to Hold Casshern's American Theatrical Premiere (Updated)
posted on 2007-11-28 06:41 EST
The New York Anime Festival (NYAF) has announced that it will premiere Kazuaki Kiriya's live-action film adaptation of the Casshern science-fiction anime series in The ImaginAsian theater on December 8. Paramount released the North American DVD on October 16, but NYAF and Subway Cinema say that their screening will be the American theatrical premiere. The movie's soundtrack producer Shin-go and its military advisor Yasuhiro Koshi will introduce the film before its 10:00 p.m. screening, which will be free to all attendees of the festival. The Independent Film Center will hold a second screening on December 9 for the general public.
Kiriya adapted the 1973 television series with extensive digital effects, similar to his music videos for pop music artist Hikaru Utada. (Utada contributed the movie's ending theme.) Yusuke Iseya stars as Tetsuya, a soldier resurrected as a cyborg. Tetsuya must save humanity from the mutant army that it accidentally spawned.
Update: NYAF has informed ANN that it will present original Japanese version of the film — not the edited American DVD version (which is 20 minutes shorter).