Mamoru Oshii live-action short to be released on DVD

posted on 2003-09-14 00:47 EDT
Shown as part of the Roppongi Hills Exhibition in Tokyo, Oshii's live-action documentary short will soon be available on R2 DVD.

An 11 minute live-action documentary Tokyo Jyoumyaku (Tokyo Vein), supervised by Mamoru Oshii and directed by Makoto Noda, will be released on region 2 DVD. The DVD includes five angles, with the short providing different views of Tokyo. With music composed by Kenji Kawai, the DVD will retail at 3,150 yen, and is slated for release at the end of September.

The short was made as a part of the Roppongi Hills Exhibition in Tokyo that has been open since April. The exhibition commemorates the largest city redevelopment project in Japan, Roppongi Hills." Touted as Tokyo's new landmark complex, it combines art, business, education, commerce, and residence into a one-stop cultural center.

The exhibit was held in the newly opened Zone Roppongi Building. Displaying modern art pieces and videos created especially for this project, the exhibition operated under the theme of "creating the new zone."

Oshii's Tokyo Vein was shown on a triple screen, welcoming visitors to the 53rd floor. Shown in conjunction with other shorts and floor maps of Edo, the purpose was to offer viewers a wider spectrum of time and location to present a more dynamic image of a changing Tokyo.

Another Oshii supervised short was also shown on the triple screen. Named Tokyo Scanner, the 18 minute film was comprised of high-resolution aerial scans of Tokyo. There are no plans of yet to release this complementary documentary yet.

Tokyo Vein can be purchased through this website

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