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Tiger & Bunny's Satou Directs Toei's Ashura Film

posted on 2012-01-30 11:00 EST
Based on George Akiyama's manga set during famine; Precure, One Piece films dated

The film production company Toei announced on Monday that Keiichi Satou (Tiger & Bunny, Karas) is directing the animated adaptation of George Akiyama's 1970-1971 Ashura manga. The unrelentingly dark drama follows the struggles of a child during a famine in medieval Japan. His mother was so impoverished and starved that she tried to eat Ashura at the beginning of the story.

The film will open in Japan in August. Toei had revealed its proposed Ashura project at the Tokyo International Anime Fair in 2010, but had cautioned at the time that it was not ready to announce any details. Toei had previously adapted Akiyama's Haguregumo manga into a film in 1982.

Toei also announced that Eriko Kitakawa (Long Vacation, Halfway) is co-directing and writing a live-action film called Atarashii Kutsu o Kawanakucha, and acclaimed filmmaker Shunji Iwai (Hana and Alice, Baton, All About Lily Chou-Chou) is producing. Toei revealed its 2012 film lineup, including the release windows for this year's Smile Precure! and One Piece films:

Title Director Release Date
My Way Kang Je-gyu January 14
Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger vs. Space Sheriff Gavan: The Movie Shojiro Nakazawa January 21
Hayabusa: Harunaru Kikan Tokiyuki Takimoto February 11
Precure All Stars New Stage: Mirai no Tomodachi Junji Shimizu March 17
Boku-tachi Kyūkō A-Ressha de Ikō Yoshimitsu Morita March 24
Super Hero Taisen (tentative title) Osamu Kaneda April 21
Home Itoshi no Zashiki Warashi Seiji Izumi April 28
Niji-Iro Hotaru ~Eien no Natsu Yasumi~ Kônosuke Uda May 19
Gaiji Keisatsu: Sono Otoko ni Damesareruna Kentarō Horikirizono June 2
Ai to Makoto Takashi Miike June 16
Rinjō Gekijōban Hajime Hashimoto June 30
Kueki Ressha Nobuhiro Yamashita July 14
Kamen Rider Fourze Tokumei Sentai Gobusters (tentative title)
Ashura Keiichi Satou August
Bakugyaku Familia Kazuyoshi Kumakiri September
Atarashii Kutsu o Kawanakucha Eriko Kitakawa Fall
Eiga Smile Precure! (tentative title) October
Kita no Kanaria-tachi Junji Sakamoto November 3
One Piece Film (tentative title) Tatsuya Nagamine December

Sources: Cinema Today, Mainichi Shimbun's Mantan Web via Tadashi Sudo

Image © George Akiyama/Ashura Production Committee


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