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Genius Party, Live-Action Grave of the Fireflies at NYC

posted on by Egan Loo
New York-Tokyo film fest to also screen Tea Fight with Studio 4°C opening

The New York-Tokyo organization has announced that it will be holding its annual film festival, which will open in New York City on September 28 this year. The planned film roster includes Studio 4°C's Genius Party anime anthology films and the live-action adaptation of Akiyuki Nosaka's Grave of the Fireflies novel. Genius Party is a collection of eclectic shorts from 12 acclaimed directors, split into two feature-length omnibus films. Those directors are Atsuko Fukushima, Shoji Kawamori, Shinji Kimura, Yoji Fukuyama, Hideki Futamura, Masaaki Yuasa, Shinichiro Watanabe, Mahiro Maeda, Koji Morimoto, Kazuto Nakazawa, Shinya Ohira, and Tatsuyuki Tanaka. New York-Tokyo has not confirmed if it will show just one of the two Genius Party anthologies, or both anthologies with all 12 directors' works.

The festival will also hold the North American premiere of Taro Hyugaji's 2008 film version of Grave of the Fireflies. Nosaka wrote a semi-autobiographical work about surviving in Japan during and after World War II. The novel was already made into a 1988 animated film by director Isao Takahata (Only Yesterday, Pom Poko) and Studio Ghibli, as well as a live-action television special in 2005.

Another North American premiere at the festival, Wang Yemin's Tea Fight, features a story, cast, production staff that span the two countries of Japan and Taiwan. The story follows a Japanese family with an ancient "tea curse," as the daughter searches for a special tea in Taiwan that can reverse the curse. The opening of the film was animated by Studio 4°C (The Animatrix,Tekkonkinkreet, Genius Party).

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