We are pleased to announce the following special premieres and special screenings 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 Takeda (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.
Based on the long-running and hugely popular manga series by Hirohiko Araki, JOJO'S BIZARRE ADVENTURE features a different protagonist for each of its story arcs, with the fact that each one is a descendent of the powerful Joestar family. Because of inheriting the Joestar family genes, each member in STARDUST CRUSADERS has special fighting abilities known as "Stand," which manifests itself differently in each person. Part 3 of the series, STARDUST CRUSADERS, focuses on Jotaro Kujo, the grandson of Joseph Joestar, protagonist from the second series. The English dub of JOJO'S BIZARRE ADVENTURE: STARDUST CRUSADERS features the talents of voice actors Matthew Mercer (Jotaro Kujo), Richard Epcar (Joseph Joestar), and Patrick Seitz (DIO).
Jojo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders follows the story of Jotaro Kujo and his friends, who have developed mysterious powers known as Stands, as they travel to Egypt in search of the evil and immortal DIO. Jojo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders is the second season of the anime. It follows the third story arc of the original animated series.
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.
Otakon is proud to partner with Anchor Bay Entertainment / Starz to present a special screening of the new live-action adaptation of KITE, starring India Eisley, Callan McAuliffe and Samuel L. Jackson. KITE will premiere exclusively on DIRECTV August 28.
Synopsis: Never Underestimate a Girl with Nothing to Lose. Based on the groundbreaking, cult classic anime, KITE tells the story of Sawa (India Eisley, The Secret Life of the American Teenager, Underworld: Awakening), a young woman living in a corrupt society where crime and gangs terrorize the streets. When Sawa's mother and policeman father are found victims of a grisly double homicide, she begins a ruthless pursuit for the man who murdered them. With the help of her father's ex-partner, Karl Aker (Samuel L. Jackson, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Avengers, Django Unchained), and a mysterious friend from her past (Callan McAuliffe, The Great Gatsby, I Am Number Four), she becomes a merciless teen assassin, blasting her way through the dark world of human trafficking only to uncover a devastating truth.
Directed by: Ralph Ziman
Screenplay by: Brian Cox
Produced by: Anant Singh, Brian Cox, Moisés Cosío
Starring: India Eisley (Underworld: Awakening, The Secret Life of the American Teenager), Callan McAuliffe (The Great Gatsby), and Samuel L. Jackson (Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Django Unchained)
Screening will be held on Friday, Aug 8th at 10PM in Video 3 (BCC Ballroom I-II). This film is rated R so make sure you get your 18+ wristbands before going!