Akira Creator Katsuhiro Otomo Draws Illustration for Isle of Dogs Film

posted on by Jennifer Sherman

Manga creator and anime director Katsuhiro Otomo (Akira, Steamboy, Memories) drew a special illustration for the Japanese release of Wes Anderson's Isle of Dogs film. The main characters of the stop-motion animated film appear on the back of a dog in the image. The film's Japanese title, Inugashima, also features in the illustration.

The film is set in Japan, and it heavily references Japanese culture. Japanese characters speak Japanese in the film, but much of the Japanese dialogue is untranslated, and no subtitles are used. Kunichi Nomura collaborated on the script, and he also plays antagonist Mayor Kobayashi in the film. Other Japanese cast members include Koyu Rankin as Atari Kobayashi, Akira Takayama as Major Domo, Akira Itō as Professor Watanabe, Yoko Ono as Assistant Scientist Yoko Ono, and Nijirō Murakami as Editor Hiroshi.

In the film's story, a dog flu epidemic breaks out in Japan. Mayor Kobayashi bans all dogs from Megasaki City and sends them to Trash Island to prevent the spread of the disease. The first dog sent to the island is Spots, the guardian of Mayor Kobayashi's nephew and ward Atari. Determined to find his lost dog, Atari steals an airplane and flies to Trash Island. A pack of dogs find Atari after he crashes and decides to help him.

The film opened in the United States on March 23, and it will open in Japan on May 25.

Source: Comic Natalie

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