Tezuka's Buddha, Miike's Nintama Films to Play in NYC
posted on by Gia Manry
The New York Asian Film Festival announced that the July 1-14 event will host the North American premiere of Buddha, Kozo Morishita's animated film based on Osamu Tezuka's manga of the same name. Tezuka Osamu no Buddha -Akai Sabaku yo! Utsukushiku- is the first in a trilogy which follows the life and development of Gautama Buddha, founder of the Buddhist religion.
The festival will also host the world premiere of Nintama Rantaro (Ninja Kids), a live-action film from director Takashi Miike (Dead or Alive, Salaryman Kintaro, MPD Psycho). The "insane new kid's flick" is based on a popular children's comedy anime and manga and revolves around rival ninja schools fighting for dominance.
The "anime-inspired" live-action film Love and Loathing and Lulu and Ayano will have its North American premiere at the event. The film follows two adult video actresses working in films geared towards anime fans and features characters similar to those in anime titles.
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