Oshii's Musashi Holds U.S. Premiere in San Francisco

posted on by Egan Loo
Film penned by Ghost in the Shell's Mamoru Oshii at int'l animation fest this month

Production I.G has notified ANN that Musashi: The Dream of the Last Samurai, the "anime documentary" of swordfighting tactician Musashi Miyamoto, will hold its American premiere at the 4th San Francisco International Animation Fesitval on Saturday, November 14. Mizuho Nishikubo directed this Production I.G film based on a script by Mamoru Oshii (Ghost in the Shell, The Sky Crawlers, Avalon).

Miyamoto is a legendary swordsman who pioneered the Hyōhō Niten Ichi-ryū style of two-sword fighting and wrote The Book of Five Rings, a book that has been compared to Sun Tzu's The Art of War for its insight on tactics and strategy. ANN is hosting a trailer with English subtitles. The film already played at Puchon in South Korea, at Locarno in Switzerland, and at Sitges in Spain. The film also ran in Montreal at the Festival du Nouveau Cinema last month, and it will run again at the Waterloo Festival for Animated Cinema this month.

Image © 2009 Production I.G/Miyamoto Musashi Production Committee

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