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Full 20th Century Boys Trilogy at New York Anime Fest

posted on by Egan Loo
3rd live-action film based on Naoki Urasawa's manga premieres in NY in September

The New York Anime Festival (NYAF) has announced that the entire 20th Century Boys film trilogy will screen at the September 25-27 event in New York City. Director Yukihiko Tsutsumi (Ikebukuro West Gate Park, Trick) is adapting Naoki Urasawa's award-winning suspense manga into three live-action films. In the story, a man struggles to deal with worldwide calamities and an ominous cult — both of which have eerie similarities to the stories that he and his childhood friends dreamt up decades ago.

Viz Pictures and Subway Cinema will present the first two films, 20th Century Boys: Part 1 - The Beginning of the End and 20th Century Boys: Part 2 - The Last Hope, at the convention on Friday, September 25. They will then screen the third film, 20th Century Boys: Part 3 - Redemption, on Sunday, September 27. Subway Cinema already held the New York premiere of the first two films during the New York Asian Film Festival in June. However, the third film will not open in Japan until August 29, less than a month before NYAF.

Viz Pictures licensed the North American theatrical and DVD distribution rights to the trilogy, and it plans to release the first two films on DVD in 2009 and the last film on DVD in 2010. Viz Media will publish the fourth volume of the original manga in North America next month.

Image © 1999 Naoki Urasawa Studio Nuts/Shogakukan
© 2008 20th Century Boys

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