MFKZ Anime Film's Clip Features Luna

posted on by Karen Ressler
Film's 2nd Fathom Events screening scheduled for October 16

GKIDS began streaming a second English dub clip for Studio 4°C and Ankama's MFKZ (Mutafukaz) film on Friday. The clip previews the character Luna, voiced by Dascha Polanco.

GKIDS previously streamed a clip showing Angelino and Vinz (voiced by Vince Staples) in a car chase with an ice cream truck. (Note: The video contains language that may not be safe for work.)

GKIDS and Fathom Events screened the film at theaters in the United States on Thursday, and will hold another screening on October 16 at 7:00 p.m. local time. Both screenings feature the English dub. In addition, the film is getting a separate limited theatrical release by GKIDS beginning on Friday.

The English dub cast will include:

  • Michael Chiklis as Crocodile
  • Giancarlo Espositio as Mr. K
  • Jorge Gutierrez as El Tigre
  • Dascha Polanco as Luna
  • RZA as Shakespeare
  • Vince Staples as Vinz
  • Danny Trejo as Bruce

The film also opened in theaters in Japan on Friday with a Japanese dub.

GKIDS describes the film:

Genre-mashup MFKZ is the love-child of French comic artist Guillaume "Run" Renard and ultra-hip Japanese animation house Studio 4°C, creators of Tekkonkinkreet, Genius Party and Mind Game. The Tekkonkinkreet dream team of Shoujirou Nishimi and art director Shinji Kimura reunite to bring to life a dark but stunningly animated sci-fi vision that mixes anime, film noir, Lucha Libre, and gang culture in an orgy of first-person shooter mayhem. The film centers on young Angelino and his skull-and-flame pal Vinny, who live in a seedy tenement in an LA-inspired dystopian metropolis - a burnt-out, gang and cockroach-ridden neo-urban hell that makes Blade Runner's LA seem like The Brady Bunch. Following a scooter accident Angelino starts experiencing migraines and strange hallucinations, as well as fits of rage-inspired superpowers, as he slowly awakens to the truth of his origins: he is half human and half Macho, a supernatural alien race that is bent on taking over the planet.

French video game and comics publisher Ankama and Japan's Studio 4°C (Tekkon Kinkreet, Berserk: The Golden Age Arc) co-produced the film based on Guillaume "Run" Renard's Mutafukaz comic series. Renard himself directed the film with Tekkonkinkreet animation director Shoujirou Nishimi. Shinji Kimura (Tekkonkinkreet, Steamboy) served as art director. Teiichi Takiguchi (Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel I. presage flower, Inuyasha, Kara no Kyoukai movie four) was chief animation director, and Eiko Tanaka (Mind Game, Tekkonkinkreet, First Squad) was producer.

The project was first announced in 2011, and the staff announced in 2015 that the film was slated for release in 2017. The film screened at Annecy in June 2017 and at the inaugural Animation is Film Festival in October 2017.

Renard's original comic series is set in "Dark Meat City" — a "pre-apocalyptic American urban jungle" — and revolves around Angelino, a young man whose scooter accident results in the acquisition of supernatural powers. Ankama's official website for the comic stated that it is inspired by science fiction of the 1950s, hip hop music, and wrestling.

Titan Comics released the first volume of the original French graphic novel in English-speaking countries in 2015.

Source: GKIDS YouTube channel

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