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.
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.