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    REEL ANIME Coming to Wellington and Christchurch

    Australian Anime Festival Runs December 6-9 Source: Madman Entertainment press release Official Site: Special Thanks to Ben Pollock Following a successful summer tour, the Australian label Madman Entertainment proudly brings the REEL ANIME festival to Wellington (Reading Cinemas, Wellington) and Christchurch (Hoyts Cinemas, Westfield Riccarton). Showcasing four of the freshest anime feature films this side of Japan, REEL ANIME will screen from December 6th to December 9th. REEL ANIME brings the spectacle of Japanese animation back to the big screen, providing hardcore fans, cinephiles and casual crowds alike the rare opportunity to relish the eye-popping action, masterful storytelling and moving moments that anime has to offer. All films in the REEL ANIME program will screen in original Japanese language with English subtitles. The hand-picked suite of cutting-edge films selected for the 2012 REEL ANIME showcase are some of the most highly-anticipated releases amongst fans, and will have something to offer everyone, including:

    FROM UP ON POPPY HILL (???????, Kokuriko-Zaka Kara, 2011)

    From an original story by Hayao Miyazaki, the latest Studio Ghibli film is a high school love story that takes place in the year before the Tokyo Summer Olympics. Yokohama, 1963. As Japan 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 harbor 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. THE DIRECTOR: GORO MIYAZAKI The son of Hayao Miyazaki, Goro Miyazaki worked as a construction consultant in landscape planning and design of parks and urban forestry projects. In 1998, Goro undertook the overall design of the Studio Ghibli Museum, and acted as managing director from 2001 to June 2005. His directorial debut was the 2006 Studio Ghibli film, TALES FROM EARTHSEA. THE STUDIO: STUDIO GHIBLI Studio Ghibli is often referred to as the ‘Disney of the East’. Animated films of the highest quality are Studio Ghibli’s hallmark. Their works are renowned the world over for their unique and visionary worlds, beautiful animation, and engaging characters that are beloved by all ages. Their films include SPIRITED AWAY (Academy Award-winner for Best Animated Feature Film), HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE and ARRIETTY.

    WOLF CHILDREN (???????????, Ookami Kodomo no Ame to Yuki, 2012)

    A box office smash in Japan, WOLF CHILDREN is the new film from Mamoru Hosoda, the director of previous REEL ANIME favorites, THE GIRL WHO LEAPT THROUGH TIME and SUMMER WARS. 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 harbors 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. THE DIRECTOR: MAMORU HOSODA One of the most exciting animation directors working today, Mamoru Hosoda’s debut, THE GIRL WHO LEAPT THROUGH TIME (2006) won ‘Animation of the Year’ at the Japan Academy Prizes, among numerous other international awards. And with 2009’s SUMMER WARS, he earned further acclaim and a slew of awards, including the Japan Academy Prizes, the Stiges Film Festival and an ‘Annie’. THE STUDIO: CHIZU

    BERSERK – THE EGG OF THE KING (????? ?????? ????, Berserk Oogon Jidai-Hen I: Haoo no Tamago, 2012)

    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. 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. THE DIRECTOR: TOSHIYUKI KUBOOKA THE STUDIO: STUDIO 4°C The highly-respected Studio 4°C is famous for both its award-winning animated feature films, such as MIND GAME and TEKKONKINKREET, as well as its stunning shorts for the Batman anthology GOTHAM KNIGHT, videogame blockbuster HALO LEGENDS and THE MATRIX animated tie-in, THE ANIMATRIX.

    CHILDREN WHO CHASE LOST VOICES (???????, Hoshi o Ou Kodomo, 2011)

    Visually stunning and emotionally resonant, CHILDREN WHO CHASE LOST VOICES is the new film from award-winning filmmaker, Makoto Shinkai. 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. THE DIRECTOR: MAKOTO SHINKAI Born in Nagano, Japan, 1973, Makoto Shinkai’s independently produced breakout film, VOICES OF A DISTANT STAR (2002) won acclaim and a number of awards in Japan, and led to the subsequent features, THE PLACE PROMISED IN OUR EARLY DAYS (2004) and 5 CENTIMETERS PER SECOND (2007). Along with his DIY approach to animation, Shinkai`s beautiful imagery, themes of loss and the distance between people have defined a unique and unforgettable style. THE STUDIO: COMIX WAVE

    REEL ANIME Locations and Dates

    WELLINGTON (Dec 6 – 9) Reading Cinemas 100 Courtenay Place, Wellington CHRISTCHURCH (Dec 6 – 9) Hoyts Cinemas Westfield Riccarton, Riccarton

    About Madman

    Madman is a leading independent film and television distribution and rights management company, with offices in Australia and New Zealand. Madman is renowned for its commitment to quality Australian and foreign film, factual content, as well as highly collectable categories such as Japanese anime, genre film, animation and cult television. Madman`s capabilities encompass end to end acquisition, marketing, creative, sales and distribution in all mediums and formats, from the silver screen to the digital realm. Madman is also a proud producer of Australian film and television content. Put simply, Madman is mad for entertainment. Madman is owned by Funtastic Limited, one of Australia`s largest wholesalers of consumer products into retail outlets and an Australian Stock Exchange (ASX) listed company.
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