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Montreal's Fantasia to Host Int'l Premiere of Live-Action Gatchaman Film

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins

Montreal's Fantasia International Film Festival announced on Tuesday that it will host the international premiere of the live-action Gatchaman film on August 6, before the film opens in Japan. The festival will be held from July 18 through August 7.

Tori Matsuzaka (.hack//The Movie, live-action Kyō, Koi o Hajimemasu, Samurai Sentai Shinkenger, Kamen Rider Decade) stars in the film as Ken, the head of the eponymous team. Gō Ayano (second-in-command Jō), Ayame Gōriki (explosive yoyo-wielding Jun), Tatsuomi Hamada (youngest member Jinpei), and Ryōhei Suzuki (main pilot Ryū) round out the cast.

The five serve as agents of the International Science Organization in Tokyo at the beginning of the 21st century. Galactor, a mysterious group whose technology far surpasses that of humans, has declared war on the entire world and has already subjugated half of it. A mysterious crystal-like object called a "stone," is humanity's only hope. Those who are able to draw out the power of the "stones" are forced to train as Earth's ultimate weapon, a five-person team called "Gatchaman."

Director Tōya Satō (live-action Grave of the Fireflies, Sexy Voice and Robo, Kaiji, Gokusen) is directing the film. Yūsuke Watanabe (20th Century Boys, Gantz, Bloody Monday, 2013 Dragon Ball Z film) wrote the script, and Shinji Aramaki (Appleseed films) is designing the characters. Takashi Yamazaki (Juvenile, Returner, Always: Sunset on Third Street, Ballad, Space Battleship Yamato, Friends: Mononoke Shima no Naki) is handling the visual effects. The film will open in Japan on August 24.

The festival will also screen the following anime films:

The festival will also screen Masaaki Yuasa's Kick-Heart, Katsuhiro Otomo's Combustible, and Shuhei Morita's Possessions (Tsukumo) anime shorts.

The festival will also screen the following live-action films:

The festival also announced its jury panelists for the Satoshi Kon Award for Achievement in Animation, which the festival launched in 2012. This year's judges include filmmaker Patrick Bouchard, filmmaker Luc Chamberland, and Ottawa International Animation Festival programmer and technical coordinator Keltie Duncan.

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