Toronto Fest to Host Thermae Romae Film's N. American Premiere
posted on by Jennifer Sherman
The film website Twitch reported on Tuesday that this year's Toronto International Film Festival will host the North American premiere of the live-action film adaptation of Mari Yamazaki's Thermae Romae manga. The festival will also screen Takeshi Kitano's live-action film Outrage Beyond, sequel to the 2010 yakuza film Outrage. The 37th Toronto International Film Festival will take place at theaters in Toronto, Ontario from September 6 to 16.
Starring Hiroshi Abe and Aya Ueto, Thermae Romae opened in Japan on 28. The adaptation won the My Movies Audience Award at Italy's Far East Film Festival in April.
The comedy manga and film adaptation center on Lucius — an architect of public bath houses (thermae) in ancient Rome — who time-travels to various modern-day baths in Japan. Through manga and essay passages, Yamazaki explores the two cultures in the world "that have loved baths the most: the Japanese and the Romans!"
Yen Press revealed in April that it will publish the Thermae Romae manga in North America.