Crew: Subbed Redline to Open Throughout U.S. in 2011
posted on by Egan Loo
The crew of Takeshi Koike and MADHOUSE's Redline anime film reported at the film's Tokyo premiere screening on Wednesday that "nationwide" screenings are planned for the United States early next year. According to the staff members at the screening (led by Koike and writer Katsuhito Ishii), a subtitled version will open in the United States in 2011, although the exact scale of the release has yet to be decided.
Actor Takuya Kimura (Howl's Moving Castle, live-action Space Battleship Yamato) headlines the film's cast along with Tadanobu Asano (live-action Tokyo Zombie) and Yuu Aoi (live-action Honey and Clover), and he appeared at the Tokyo premiere screening as a surprise guest. Kimura expressed his own surprise onstage at the event, since he just learned about the American screening news there.
Redline follows JP, a daredevil driver with his customized vehicle named "Trans Am." He enters an interplanetary tournament, held once every five years, where the deadliest racers compete and many people plan to play the game for their own ends. The staff at Madhouse worked on the project for seven years and created 100,000 drawings by hand.
Manga Entertainment will be releasing the film in North America. The Fantastic Fest already held the North American premiere of the film last month in Austin, Texas. The film will also play at the NEW PEOPLE Entertainment center's Viz Cinema in San Francisco's Japantown starting on Friday.
Sources: Eiga.com, Cinema Today
Image © 2010 Katsuhito Ishii, Gastonia, MADHOUSE/Redline Production Committee