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L.A. EigaFest to Show Miyazaki's Wind Rises, Live-Action Library Wars

posted on by Egan Loo
Also: Lee Sang-il's Unforgiven remake, Saint Seiya & Tiger & Bunny episodes

The Japan Film Society announced on Wednesday that it will screen Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli's The Wind Rises film and Shinsuke Satō's live-action Library Wars (Toshokan Sensō) film at the 3rd Annual LA EigaFest in Hollywood during the December 6-8 weekend. Hollywood's Egyptian Theater will also show Lee Sang-il's remake of Clint Eastwood's Unforgiven film.

The film lineup includes The Apology King, The Devil's Path, The Story of Yonosuke, Samurai Pirates, Leaving on the 15th of Spring, Nobody's Perfect, Japan in a Day by executive producer Ridley Scott, the North American premiere of the "unique filmed" stage action film Seven Souls in Scull Castle, and Death And Tanya (the feature film by 2012 LA EigaFest's competition shorts winner). The festival will also show two episodes each of Saint Seiya and Tiger & Bunny with English subtitles. Six winning films from the short film competition will compete for the Golden Zipangu Award.

Five filmmaker will receive the U.S. Japan Content Merit Award by the Japanese government "for bringing Japanese content and talent to a mainstream American audience" in a ceremony at at the Consulate General of Japan's residence: director Guillermo del Toro (Pacific Rim), producer Tim Kring (Heroes), producer Don Murphy (Transformers), producer Vicki Shigekuni Wong (Hachi: A Dog's Tale), and Chief Content Officer John Lasseter (Toy Story) of Pixar "who created the market for Ghibli films in the US."

The Wind Rises centers on Jirō Horikoshi (played by Evangelion director Hideaki Anno), the designer of Japan's famed Mitsubishi A6M Zero fighter plane of World War II. Disney will release the film in North America, and Studio Ghibli International produced the English-language dub with producer Frank Marshall (From Up On Poppy Hill, The Secret World of Arrietty, Ponyo). The film opened in New York and Los Angeles last week, and it will open across the United States in February. The film was submitted for the Animated Feature Film category for the 86th Academy Awards, and has made the shortlist for the Best Foreign Language Film category of the 71st Golden Globe Awards.

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 (Library Wars) 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 film previously screened at Montreal's Fantasia International Film Festival in June.

Thanks to Daniel Zelter for the news tip

[Via Broadway World]

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