Tezuka's New Treasure Island Special to Screen in Los Angeles

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
1964 adaptation of Stevenson's novel with animal characters screens on August 31

The Japanese American Cultural & Community Center (JACCC) in Los Angeles will screen the 1964 special New Treasure Island on August 31. The screening is a part of the center's three-day FilmFest. Admission to the screening is free and will be held at 8:00 p.m. on the center's plaza.

Manga pioneer Osamu Tezuka directed the New Treasure Island special. Although the film has the same name as Tezuka's earlier manga, the 52-minute special is not an adaptation of the manga. Instead, the special retells Robert Louis Stevenson's original story with animals as the characters. Gisaburo Sugii (Guskō Budori no Denki, Night on the Galactic Railroad) served as animation director for the film.

On the same evening, the center also will screen the "Revenge of Captain Spider" episode from Mitsuteru Yokoyama's Gigantor television anime series, which was originally produced in 1963.

The center will additionally screen Akira Kurosawa's Lower Depth and Kenji Mizoguchi's Osaka Elegy films as a part of the FilmFest.

Thanks to Daniel Zelter for the news tip.

[Via Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival]

Image © Radio-Television Paclagrers, Inc.

Update: Although New Treasure Island was produced in 1964, it actually aired in January of 1965.

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