News Reel Anime 2013 Screening Season Dates Announced
Madman released the screening dates through the Reel Anime 2013 website. Further information on specfic screening sessions will be released in the near future. The screening seasons for Australia and New Zealand are as follows with full writeups on each film and trailers below;
Reel Anime 2013 - Screening Dates
Australian Capital Territory
- Canberra - Dendy Canberra: October 3rd to October 16th.
New South Wales
- Avoca Beach - Avoca Beach Picture Theatre: October 3rd to October 16th.
- Newtown, Sydney - Dendy Newtown: October 3rd to October 16th.
- Auckland - Academy Cinema: September 26th to October 2nd.
- Christchurch - Hoyts Riccarton: September 19th to 25th.
- Dunedin - Rialto Dunedin: September 19th to 25th.
- Wellington - Paramount Cinemas: September 26th to October 2nd.
- Hamilton, Brisbane - Dendy Portside: October 3rd to October 16th.
- Adelaide - Palace Nova Eastend Cinemas: September 26th to October 9th.
- Hobart- State Cinema: October 3rd to October 16th.
- Carlton, Melbourne - Cinema Nova: October 3rd to October 16th.
- Leederville, Perth - Luna Leederville: October 3rd to October 16th.
Reel Anime 2013 - Films
The story begins when skyscrapers in London, Moscow, Berlin, and New York are destroyed by simultaneous bombings, causing widespread panic throughout the world. A group of nine cyborg fighters is reunited, but their former leader is living alone in Tokyo with his memories wiped.
The movie is a re-imagining of Shotaro Ishinomori's Cyborg 009. In the original manga, the secret Black Ghost organization transforms nine unsuspecting humans into cyborgs. However the nine cyborgs turn on their masters and protect the rest of humanity from Black Ghost's plans for world war.
This latest adaptation was scripted and directed by Kenji Kamiyama (Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, Eden of the East, and Moribito - Guardian of the Spirit) which is also Kenji's first fully 3D animated movie. The film was produced by Tomohiko Ishii in a co-production between Production I.G and SANZIGEN Animation Studio. Character designs were handled by Gatou Asou (Moribito - Guardian of the Spirit), art direction by Yusuke Takeda (Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex) and music by Kenji Kawai (Moribito - Guardian of the Spirit, Eden of the East). The film was distributed in Japan by T-Joy in October 2012.
You can also view the Official 009 Re:Cyborg website in English.
A Letter to Momo follows the titular Momo, a 13 year old girl when she moves from Tokyo to the remote island of Shio following the death of her father. As she struggles with the sudden passing of her father she discovers an unfinished letter that her father was writing to her and that her new home has some otherworldly inhabitants. This is Hiroyuki Okiura's return to the director's chair following Jin-Roh and he spent seven years planning, writing, storyboarding and directing A Letter to Momo.
A Letter to Momo was first screened in Australia last year as part of the Melbourne International Film Festival.
It's been fourteen years since the third impact and Shinji Ikari awakenes to a world he doesn't remember. Earth is in ruins and those people that he trusted now fight against him. With Rei Ayanami nowhere to be seen and Kaworu Nagisa befriending him, Shinji must now continue to fight against the angels while spiralling towards the end of the world.
The third film in Anno's four-part remake of Gainax's Neon Genesis Evangelion anime series earned over 5.1 billion yen during its theater run. While the first film's plot kept close to the original television series, the second film went in a different direction and the third film went still further in its own storyline.
Set in the year 2027, one year after the end of the non-nuclear World War IV. A bomb explodes in Newport City and kills a military officer implicated in arms-dealing and the mysterious 501 Organisation. During the investigation Public Security Section 9's Daisuke Aramaki encounters Motoko Kusanagi, a cyborg hacker assigned to the 501st. "Sleepless Eye" Batou suspects that Kusanagi is behind the bombing and Niihama Prefecture Detective Togusa is investigating a series of murders he believes are related to the incident.
Consisting of four 50-minute parts, Ghost in the Shell Arise is an OVA series following the first meeting of Motoko Kusanagi and Section 9. The parts are called borders and border:1 Ghost Pain was released to Japanese theaters on the 22nd of June 2013. border:2 Ghost Whispers will be released on the 20th of November 2013.
Kazuchika Kise (chief animation director for Otogi Zoshi, Blood-C: The Last Dark) is directing the series and designing the characters and Tow Ubukata (Le Chevalier D'Eon, Mardock Scramble) is supervising and writing the scripts. Production I.G is producing the series, and Cornelius (Appleseed: Ex Machina) is composing the music.
The series has a new voice cast with Maaya Sakamoto as Mokoto Kusanagi, Kenichirou Matsuda as Batou, Tarusuke Shingaki as Togusa, Tomoyuki Dan as Ishikawa, Takurou Nakakuni as Saito, Youji Ueda as Paz, Kazuya Nakai as Borma, Ikkyuu Juku as Daisuke Aramaki, Mayumi Asano as Kurutsu, and Takanori Hoshino as Raizō.
The Garden of Words
The Garden of Words is Makoto Shinkai's latest work in colloboration with CoMix Wave Films. Makoto Shinkai stated that this film is the first time he is making a "love" story based on the traditional Japanese meaning of the word. At one time, "love" was written as "lonely sadness" (koi) but over time the modern concept of "love" (ai) was imported from the West. While Kotonoha no Niwa is set in the modern era, it will be about koi in the original meaning — of longing for someone in solitude.
Makoto Shinkai started work creating video clips for games and graphic design at Falcom. However his first anime title was the self animated, directed and produced five-minute short, She and Her Cat, in 1999 which received the grand prize in the 2000 DoGA CG Animation competition. Shinkai then quit his job in 2001 and started work on Voices of a Distant Star, a 90 minute feature film he wrote, directed, animated, produced and even voice-acted the main characters with his fiancé all from his desktop Power Mac G4. Shinkai then went onto Direct, write, produce and perform multiple duties on The Place Promised in Our Early Days in 2004, 5 Centimetres per Second in 2007 and Children Who Chase Lost Voices in 2011.
The Garden of Words received it's world premiere at the Gold Coast Film Festival earlier this year. You can view the subtitled trailer below;
The Garden of Words will be screened back to back with Ghost in the Shell Arise border:1 Ghost Pain as a double bill.
Image ©Makoto Shinkai/CoMix Wave Films