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Ankama, Studio 4°C's MFKZ Animated Film Nominated for Japan's Blue Ribbon Award

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Film opened with Japanese dub in Japan in October

The 61st Blue Ribbon awards announced their nominees list on Friday, which included Studio 4°C and Ankama's MFKZ (Mutafukaz) animated film. The film is nominated in the "Best Foreign Film" category alongside 19 other works. The other animated works in the category are Coco and Incredibles 2. No anime works are nominated in the Best Film category. The awards ceremony will be held on February 6.

The Best Film award in 2016 went to Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi's Shin Godzilla film. Other winners of Best Film include Battle Royale (2000) and Spirited Away (2001).

The Association of Tokyo Film Journalists established the awards in 1950, but the awards were not held between 1967-1975.

GKIDS and Fathom Events screened MFKZ at theaters in the United States in October featuring the English dub. The film also opened in theaters in Japan in October 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 (Tekkonkinkreet, 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.

Source: Eiga Natalie


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