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Montreal's Fantasia to Show Live-Action Library Wars

posted on by Lynzee Loveridge
Festival's film lineup still under wraps for 2013

Montreal's Fantasia International Film Festival will screen the Canadian premiere of the live-action Library Wars film this summer.

V6 idol group member Junichi Okada (Tales from Earthsea, From Up On Poppy Hill) and Nana Eikura (Mei-chan no Shitsuji, Boku wa Imōto ni Koi o Suru) star in this adaptation of Hiro Arikawa's Toshokan Sensō action novel series. The story is set in a future version of Japan. A law threatens to clamp down on freedom of expression in 2019, and Iku (Eikura) joins the Library Defense Force, a military unit dedicated to protecting books from being confiscated. However, she finds that the job of her childhood dreams is harder than she bargained for, especially with her hard-nosed instructor Atsushi (Okada).

The Japan Film Festival of San Francisco will host the U.S. premiere with director Shinsuke Satō (Gantz, Oblivion Island: Haruka and the Magic Mirror, The Princess Blade, Sand Chronicles) on August 2 and 3.

Fantasia International Film Festival has not yet announced its 2013 film schedule. Last year, the festival screened Takashi Miike's For Love's Sake (Ai to Makoto) and Ace Attorney, Keiichi Satou's Asura, Hiroyuki Okiura's A Letter to Momo, Production I.G and CLAMP's Blood-C: The Last Dark, Makoto Shinkai's Children Who Chase Lost Voices from Deep Below, Takayuki Hirao's GYO: Tokyo Fish Attack, Shinji Aramaki's Starship Troopers: Invasion, Daigo Matsui's Afro Tanaka, Toshiyuki Kubooka's Berserk: The Golden Age Arc I – The Egg of the King, Takashi Yamazaki's live-action Space Battleship Yamato film, and Katsuhito Ishii's live-action Smuggler film.

Source: Mainichi Shimbun's Mantan Web

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