Live-Action Thermae Romae Film's English Trailer Streamed
posted on 2012-07-31 12:02 EDT by Jennifer Sherman
The Toronto International Film Festival began streaming an English-subtitled trailer for the live-action film adaptation of Mari Yamazaki's Thermae Romae manga last week. The trailer debuted on the film's official website without subtitles in March.
The film will make its North American premiere at the 37th Toronto International Film Festival, which will take place in Toronto, Ontario from September 6 to September 16. The adaptation premiered in Japan on April 28, and it has grossed 5.82 billion yen (about US$75 million), making it Japan's highest-grossing film this year so far. The film also 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!"