Madman’s Reel Anime 2012 festival is kicking off next week in cinemas across Australia. It runs from September 13 – 26 and features four fantastic-looking films. Here’s some info from Madman for each:
From Up On Poppy Hill
Set in Yokohama, From Up On Poppy Hill is a high school love story that takes place in the year before the 1964 Tokyo Summer Olympics. As the country begins to pick itself up from the devastation of the Second World War, the new generation struggles to move towards a prosperous future whilst trying not to lose the essence of their past. The film’s rich and vibrant animation captures the entrancing beauty of Yokohama’s harbour and lush surrounding hillsides and, with a soundtrack that draws inspiration from the finest music of the time, perfectly captures the thrills of young romance and the hope of a new dawn.
From Up On Poppy Hill is directed by Goro Miyazaki and comes from the acclaimed Studio Ghibli. Look out for IGN’s review in the next few days.
When Hana falls in love, it feels like a fairy tale. She starts a family and produces two beautiful children – Yuki (Snow), a girl, and Ame (Rain), a boy. But the family harbours a secret – their father is a ‘Wolf-Man’, half human and half wolf, and has passed his affliction on to his children. The family try to reside discreetly in a quiet corner of the city, but their joyful life is shattered when their father passes away. To live peacefully, Hana must make the difficult decision to move Yuki and Ame to a small town and surround them with nature.
Wolf Children is directed by Mamoru Hosoda, who you no doubt know from The Girl Who Leapt Through Time and Summer Wars.
Berserk – The Egg of the King
An epic action-adventure tale set against a dark, European-inspired medieval fantasy world, Berserk – The Egg of the King follows the story of Guts, a lone mercenary renowned for his ferocity and unmatched in a fight – especially when armed with his imposing sword, a towering blade as tall as he. His destiny is to eventually become ‘The Black Swordsman’ and he will face untold horrors in battle.
In this first film from The Golden Age Arc trilogy, Guts’ actions in combat capture the attention of Griffith, leader of the mercenary group ‘The Band of the Hawk’. Griffith soon moves to recruit Guts into their ranks, but despite a slew of victories and successes, Guts begins to questions Griffith’s true purpose, whose ambition may lead them both to a horrible fate.
Based on Kentaro Miura’s bestselling manga series – which has sold over 30 million copies worldwide – Berserk: The Golden Age Arc trilogy takes the franchise into a bold and exciting new direction, with cutting-edge animation, intricately detailed swordplay and a gripping storyline.
Berserk – The Egg of the King is made by Studio 4°C, which is known for feature films such as Mind Games and Tekkonkinkreet. It also produced shorts for the Batman anthology Gotham Knight, Halo Legends and The Animatrix.
Children Who Chase Lost Voices
Having lived a lonely life ever since her father’s passing, Asuna spends her days listening to the otherworldly sounds of a crystal radio, left to her as a memento. Exploring the mountains near her home, Asuna is attacked by a strange beast. A mysterious stranger steps in to save her life, however their acquaintance is tragically cut short when the boy is killed. But when Asuna discovers a gateway to another world, she is overjoyed at the prospect of seeing him again. Alongside a band of friends who hold feelings of hope for their lost ones, Asuna undertakes a journey into a land of legends.
Children Who Chase Lost Voices is directed by Makoto Shinkai, the man responsible for the independently-produced Voices of a Distant Star, as well as The Place Promised in Our Early Days and 5 Centimeters per Second.
Reel Anime 2012 is coming to Sydney (Dendy Newtown), Melbourne (Cinema Nova), Brisbane (Dendy Portside), Canberra (Dendy Canberra), Adelaide (Palace Nova Eastend Cinemas), Avoca Beach (Avoca Beach Picture Theatre), Hobart (State Cinema) and Perth (Luna Leederville). For more information and session times, head to reelanime.com.
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