We are pleased to announce the following special premiere showings that will take place at Otakon 2014!
Keep an eye out for the schedule of events on our website, and be sure to check your programming guide for these great premieres!
Miki, Mari, Arisa and Ray dress up in matching short skirted costumes to perform as popular girl-group the i.Dolls. Of course, that's just a disguise so people won't recognize them as the crime-fighting team in matching short skirted costumes, the i.Dolls. Very clever. The chicks, including rising action star Rina Tanaka (HIGH KICK GIRL), are also transdimensional travelers and live in a world without guns, forcing them to engage in relentless swordplay and some highly acrobatic martial combat with hordes of white-clad ninja types. Shusuke Kaneko (DEATH NOTE) created the storyline and directed. Thanks to Birch Tree Entertainment for allowing this special screening of a film scheduled for September release in the US.
Ahead of its US release in October comes this Indonesian action powerhouse, featuring an international cast and crew including the stunt team from JAVA HEAT and Michael Mann's CYBER. Years after a man is brutally murdered in his home, mayhem erupts when killers target his wife and child for no apparent reason. Luckily the wife has spent the intervening time preparing for such an eventuality, and she explodes into action like an Asian Sarah Connor. It leads to wild, nonstop action including martial arts, vehicle chases, explosions, and more raging gunfire than you've seen since John Woo's prime. The film is courtesy of Birch Tree Entertainment.
If you've seen the trailer online then we know you'll be the in audience for the premiere of the fabulous JELLYFISH EYES, the first film directed by internationally renowned artist Takashi Murakami. When Masashi and his mom move to a new town after dad dies, a strange, mischievous creature appears and becomes Masashi's playmate. Soon, however, it becomes apparent that Kurage-bo ("jellyfish boy") is not the only extraordinary creature around -- and they're not all friendly. To make matters worse, there are bullies in the school who target Masashi, and scientists in a nearby facility are conducting dangerous experiments. Consider it a post-Fukushima fairytale, with spectacular CGI creature effects and a monumental climax. A sequel is already in the works. Big thanks to Criterion for allowing us to screen the film, which is not scheduled for American release until mid-2015.
From the other side of Asia -- Kazakhstan -- comes this bizarre noir that looks like SIN CITY's foreign twin. In crisp neo-retro black and white with color accents (notably deep red), the tale unfolds of a man on a mission of vengeance against a powerful, cold-blooded killer. In a nebulous parallel time period and with a strange monk along for the ride, it drifts into the surreal and supernatural like a David Lynch film gone rogue. The film is previewing at Otakon thanks to Birch Tree Entertainment, with US release scheduled for late August.