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Gold Coast Film Festival's Cool Japan Program Announced

posted on by Jon Hayward
Madman Entertainment has announced that Road to Ninja: Naruto the Movie, Bayonetta: Bloody Fate and Laputa: Castle in the Sky will join a screening of 2013's Anime Mirai program at the Gold Coast Film Festival;

The news appeared on Madman Entertainment's website and facebook page and on the Gold Coast Film Festval's website.

All screenings will be taking place Birch and Carroll and Coyle Pacific Fair Cinemas on Sunshine Boulevard in Broadbeach Waters Queensland. You can find the location here.

Bayonetta: Bloody Fate

Her name is Bayonetta. She is one of ‘the witches’ – a huntress of Angels – and this is her only memory of the past. When she receives information that a clue may lie in waiting in the sacred city of Vigrid, Bayonetta sets out on a perilous journey. En route, Bayonetta experiences a series of strange encounters with a mysterious lady who holds cryptic hints about her past, a male journalist who implicates Bayonetta in the death of his father and a young girl who openly adores her, referring to her as ‘mommy’.

What secrets do Bayonetta's lost memory hold and what fate lies in waiting?

Fuminori Kizaki (Afro Samurai, Basilisk, Super Street Fighter IV, X-Men) directed, storyboarded, and shot Bayonetta: Bloody Fate from a screenplay by Mitsutaka Hirota (The Prince of Tennis II, Tetsujin 28-gō Gao!, X-Men). Ai Yokoyama designed the characters based on Mari Shimazaki's original game art. (Shimazaki also supervised the project.) Hiroya Iijima (Afro Samurai, Tiger & Bunny) designed the angels, while mechanical designers Katanao Akai and Takashi Watabe (new Evangelion films, Ghost in the Shell, Super Street Fighter IV) were in charge of the creatures and guns, respectively. Unlike even the Japanese version of the original game, the anime film has Japanese voices.

The original 2009 game for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 was developed by Platinum Games and published by Sega. Platinum Games is currently developing Bayonetta 2 for the WiiU. Bayonetta: Bloody Fate will be released by Madman Entertainment in Australia to home video and other platforms in 2014.

The film will be screened on Saturday the 12th of April at 1:30pm in Japanese with English subs. You can view the screening page here.

Road to Ninja: Naruto the Movie

After a encounter with the Akatsuki, Naruto and Sakura awaken in the Hidden Leaf village and soon discover that their friends have had their personalities reversed. In a reality where the dead are alive and everything isn't quite what it should be, can Naruto and Sakura figure out the deadly trap they are stuck in and return reality to normal?

Created as the 10th anniversary film for Naruto (the film is actually the ninth film overall and the sixth Naruto Shippūden film), Road to Ninja: Naruto the Movie was released in July 2012 and went onto become the highest grossing Naruto film, taking in 1.46 billion yen (~$15 million AUD) at the cinema and was viewed 1.25 million times. While Naruto Shippūden has yet to make another film since Road to Ninja, Madman Entertainment announced the fifth film, Naruto Shippūden: Blood Prison, last year and it will be released next month. No further details on a home video release for Road to Ninja yet.

The film will be screened on Saturday the 12th of April at 6:00pm in Japanese with English subs and this will be the first time the film has been screened in Australia. You can view the screening page here.

©1986 Nibariki • Tokuma Shoten

Laputa: Castle in the Sky

In a world where human civilization reached for the sky and founded giant floating cities, the remainder of humanity now lives on the ground, destined to look up and wonder. When Sheeta literally floats down from the sky into Pazu's arms, she starts a adventure with air pirates, government secret agents and floating castles for the future of humanity.

This is Studio Ghibli's first feature film that was originally released to Japanese cinemas in 1986. The film was created, scripted, designed and directed by Hayao Miyazaki with a score by Joe Hisaishi, animation direction and additional character design by Tsukasa Tannai and art direction from Nizo Yamamoto and Toshiro Nozaki.

The film is of course available on DVD and Blu-ray from Madman Entertainment, but the ability to watch Laputa: Castle in the Sky on the big screen does not often appear.

The film will be screened on Saturday the 5th of April at 3:00pm in either English dub or in Japanese with English subs and this will be the first time the film has been screened in Australia. You can view the screening page for the seperate screenings, Japanese and English.

Anime Mirai

The Anime Mirai program is aimed at training the next generation of Japanese animators. The program works by the Japan Animation Creators Association (JAniCA) distributing money it recieves from the Japanese government's Agency for Cultural Affairs to fund projects at studios who will train young animators on the job.

The 2013 Anime Mirai program had Studio Trigger's Little Witch Academia, GONZO's "Ryo", " ZEXCS' "Aruvu Rezuru" and MADHOUSE's "Death Billiards". You will be able to watch all four projects on Saturday the 12th of April at 3:30pm in Japanese with English subs. You can view the screening page here.

NOTE: This screening was arranged by GCFF and Madman has not licensed the titles.

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