Short Peace From Akira's Katsuhiro Otomo Gets U.S. Screenings

posted on 2014-02-26 11:15 EST
Including Shuhei Morita's Oscar-nominated "Possessions," starting March 3

Theatrical distributor Eleven Arts announced on Wednesday that it will release all four anime shorts in the Short Peace omnibus project from Katsuhiro Otomo (Akira, Memories, Steamboy) in U.S. theaters. The screenings will start in select cities on March 3, and most of the screenings will be held in April. Short Peace is an compilation of four short films:
"Possessions" ("Tsukumo")
A lone traveler is confronted by unusual spirits in an abandoned shrine in the 2013 Academy Award-nominated Possessions (Tsukumo), directed by Shuhei Morita (Coicent, Kakurenbo).

Aoi Yūki as Komachi Sorimono
Takeshi Kusao as Kaeru Hebisakka
Screenplay, Director: Shuhei Morita (Kakurenbo, Freedom)
Original Story Concept, Conceptual Design: Keisuke Kishi
Character Design: Daisuke Sajiki (Kakurenbo - Hide & Seek)
Music: Reiji Kitazato (Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo)

"Combustible" ("Hi-no-youjin")
Grandmaster Otomo himself assumes the directorial reigns for a spectacular tale of love, honor and firefighting in ancient Japan with the multi-award-winning Combustible (Hi-no-youjin).

Saori Hayami as Owaka
Masakazu Morita as Matsuyoshi
Screenplay, Director: Katsuhiro Otomo
CG Director: Shūji Shinoda (Valvrave the Liberator)
Art: Yoshiaki Honma (Maburaho), Junichi Taniguchi (Make-Up! Sailor Senshi)
Character Design, Visual Concept: Hidekazu Ohara (Memories' Cannon Fodder)
Music: Makoto Kubota

A mysterious white bear defends the royal family from the predations of a red demon in the brutal Gambo, directed by Hiroaki Ando (Five Numbers!) from Redline's Katsuhito Ishii's original story with character designs by Yoshiyuki Sadamoto (Neon Genesis Evangelion).

Mutsumi Tamura as Kao
Daisuke Namikawa as Nigenji
Director: Hiroaki Ando (Five Numbers!)
Original Story Concept/Creative Director: Katsuhito Ishii (Redline, Funky Forest: The First Contact, Taste of Tea)
Screenplay: Katsuhito Ishii, Kensuke Yamamoto (Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi 3D effects)
Character Design: Yoshiyuki Sadamoto (Evangelion, .hack, Summer Wars)
Music: Hikaru Nanase (Polyphonica, Galaxy Angel)

"Buki yo Saraba" (A Farewell to Weapons)
The focus shifts from supernatural to science fiction for the action packed A Farewell to Weapons (Buki yo Saraba), as Mobile Suit Gundam designer Hajime Katoki helms Otomo's tour-de-force saga of men battling robotic tanks in apocalyptic Tokyo.
Original Story: Katsuhiro Otomo
Screenplay, Director: Hajime Katoki (mechanical designs in Gundam franchise, Super Robot Wars)
Character Design: Tatsuyuki Tanaka (Tojin Kit)

Namco Bandai Games will also release all four anime shorts, as well as the fifth part, the Ranko Tsukigime's Longest Day 2D-scrolling action game, on the PlayStation 3 in the West this spring. The compilation will be exclusive to the PLAYSTATION Network in North America and Europe.

The following theaters will screen Short Peace on March 3:
State City Theater Date Address Ticket link
CA Bakersfield Valley Plaza 16 Mar 3 @ 7:00 pm 2000 Wible Road.Bakersfield, CA 93304 TBA
CA Los Angeles Downtown Independent TBA 251 S. Main Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
CA Murrieta Cal Oaks 17 Mar 3 @ 7:00 pm 41090 California Oaks RdMurrieta, CA 92562 TBA
CA Rohnert Park Rohnert Park 16 Mar 3 @ 7:00 pm 555 Rohnert Park Expressway WestRohnert Park, CA 94928 TBA
CA Sacramento Tower Theater Mar 3 @ 7:00 pm 2508 Land Pk. Dr.
Sacramento, CA 95818
CA San Diego Gaslamp 15 Mar 3 @ 7:00 pm 701 5th AvenueSan Diego, CA 92101 TBA
HI Honolulu Ward Stadium 16 Mar 3 @ 7:00 pm 1044 Auahi StHonolulu, HI 96814 TBA
HI Kahului Kaahumanu 6 Mar 3 @ 7:00 pm 275 W. Kaahumanu Ave,Kahului, HI 96732 TBA
NJ Manville Manville 12 Plex Mar 3 @ 7:00 pm 180 N Main Street Manville,NJ 08835 TBA
NY New York Village East Cinema Mar 3 @ 7:00 pm 181 – 189 2nd AveNew York, NY 10012 TBA
TX Dallas Angelika Film Center & Café – Dallas Mar 3 @ 7:00 pm 5321 East Mockingbird Lane, Suite 230Dallas, TX 75206 TBA
TX Plano Angelika Film Center & Café – Plano Mar 3 @ 7:00 pm 7205 Bishop Rd. Suite E6Plano, TX 75024 TBA
VA Fairfax Angelika Film Center & Café – Mosaic Mar 3 @ 7:00 pm 2911 District AveFairfax , VA 22031 TBA
The anthology film opened in 25 theaters across Japan on July 20, and a home video release shipped on January 16 with the game.

Update: Eleven Arts updated its theater list.

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