Live-Action Barbara Film's Trailer Highlights Dark Relationship

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Film opens in Japan on November 20 after year-long festival run

The official website for the live-action film of Osamu Tezuka's Barbara manga began streaming its full trailer for the film on Thursday. The trailer highlights the dark relationship between Mikura and his "muse" Barbara.

The film will open in Japan on November 20. The film screened at the 24th Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal, which streamed virtually from August 20 to September 2. The Fantasia International Film Festival describes the film:

One night, a famous novelist encounters a young, seemingly homeless woman in an overpass tunnel. He brings her home, which sets him on a path of increasingly bizarre encounters. TEZUKA'S BARBARA is the abrasively jazzy adaptation of Osamu Tezuka's adult manga of the same name. Directed by Makoto Tezuka (LEGEND OF THE STARDUST BROTHERS) and lensed by Christopher Doyle (IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE, HERO), this film – released as part of Tezuka's 90th anniversary celebration – mixes pinku-style erotica with an examination of the creative impulse and a dash of the occult, thus unveiling the lesser-known dark side of the ASTRO BOY creator and anime maestro.

The live-action film premiered at the 32nd Tokyo International Film Festival last November.

The film celebrates the late manga creator's 90th birth year in 2018. The film is an international co-production between Third Window Films, Japan's TheFool (River's Edge), and Germany's Rapid Eye Movies (Ruined Heart). Tezuka's son Macoto Tezka directed the film, and the project marked his first time directing a live-action film adaptation of one of his father's works. Christopher Doyle, who is known for his work on Wong Kar-Wai's Hong Kong films, was in charge of cinematography. Post production of the film was handled in Germany, and the main visual and trailer for the film were designed in the U.K.

The film stars Fumi Nikaido as the title character and Goro Inagaki as writer Yosuke Mikura. Other cast members include Shizuka Ishibashi, Kiyohiko Shibukawa, Eri Watanabe, Ryousuke Ohtani, Minami, Moemi Katayama, and Issay.

Tezuka's original manga ran in Shogakukan's Big Comic magazine from 1973 to 1974. North American publisher Digital Manga held a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign in 2012 to fund an English release of the original manga. Digital Manga's English release of the manga was nominated for an Eisner Award in 2013.

Sources: Barbara live-action film's website, Comic Natalie

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