Musashi on NHK World

Production I.G latest animated film, "Musashi: The Dream of the Last
Samurai" will be featured in imagine-nation, the 30-minute weekly TV
program about anime, manga and Japanese pop culture aired worldwide in
English on NHK World channel.

Scriptwriter Mamoru Oshii, director Mizuho Nishikubo as well as
animation supervisor Kazuchika Kise and director of photography Hisashi
Ezura will take you to the production backstage of the movie!

Air Date:
June 23 (Tue), 2009, 23:30 - 00:00 (UTC)

June 24 (Wed)
03:30 - 04:00 (UTC)
07:30 - 08:00 (UTC)
11:30 - 12:00 (UTC)
15:30 - 16:00 (UTC)
19:30 - 20:00 (UTC)

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The creative team of "Ghost in the Shell", "Innocence" and "The Sky
Crawlers" resurrects the legendary swordsman, Miyamoto Musashi on the
big screen!
Maverick filmmaker Mamoru Oshii is the mastermind behind the original
concept for this project, in collaboration with top-notch studio
Production I.G.
Miyamoto Musashi (c. 1584-1645) was an unrivalled swordsman who became
renowned through stories of his distinctive style and excellent
swordsmanship in numerous duels. He wrote a master treatise on military
strategy, "The Book of Five Rings" and sought the way to enlighten his
spirit and cultivate his mind. But could his image have been fabricated
by the generations that followed...?
Mamoru Oshii has taken on an unusual portrayal of this legendary,
multifaceted and controversial character, between spectacular duels and
a tragic life in pursuit of greatness in the days when internal wars in
Japan had virtually ended.
Oshii long-time collaborator, Mizuho Nishikubo directs the movie,
cleverly combining 2D and 3D animation with different narrative styles,
and dedicating specific attention to the music, in a mesmerizing
east-meets-west fusion of sounds.

"Musashi: The Dream of the Last Samurai" has premiered in Japan on June
13, 2009 and has been selected for the 62nd Film Festival Locarno.

Comics, Anime and Games are now a globally popular form of entertainment
from Japan. This 30 minute magazine program features Japan's ranking of
the most popular titles from each genre. The program also has long
interviews with Japan's top creators, as well as delivering information
on upcoming related events.

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