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The Sword of the Stranger samurai anime film opens in more than 360 American theaters for one day only tonight. The digital cinema company NCM Fathom has posted a complete list of participating theaters on its website. The film's North American licensee, Bandai Entertainment, is attaching a behind-the-scenes featurette on the acclaimed anime studio BONES and an exclusive interviews with the English voice actors on all the screenings.
The project is the newest film from BONES of Escaflowne, Cowboy Bebop, and Fullmetal Alchemist fame. The film centers on a nameless samurai ("Nanashi") and the boy he vows to protect from pursuing feudal factions. It received the Menzione Speciale recognition at Italy's Future Film Festival this past weekend.
The director Masahiro Ando worked on the animation of Cowboy Bebop: The Movie and Fullmetal Alchemist, while screenwriter Fumihiko Takayama is best known for directing Mobile Suit Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket and Patlabor WXIII. Composer Naoki Sato (Eureka Seven, X) won a Japanese Academy Award for his Always: Sunset on Third Street soundtrack.
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