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First Look: The Dream Machine, From Paprika Director Satoshi Kon

19 November 2009 2:00 PM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

I'm not much of an anime fan. Actually, I actively dislike the bulk of the anime I've seen. Movies by Hayao Miyazaki get my attention (there's an argument to be made that, thanks to different sensibilities when building story and character, Miyazaki's movies are not anime at all) and so do features by Satoshi Kon. His films are always interesting, even when they don't work, and since the combo of Millennium Actress and Tokyo Godfathers I've perked up every time he gets a new project going. He's been working on The Dream Machine (or The Dreaming Machine, as I've seen it translated occasionally) for some time, and now we've got the first images from the kid-friendly movie. Check 'em out, after the break. Twitch points to the official site, from which these pics hail. We don't know much about the story at this point, and the site currently features only Japanese text. »

- Russ Fischer

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Go Nagai’s Abashiri Family Coming To The Big Screen! * Updated With Trailer *

30 August 2009 8:17 AM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

[The trailer has just been added below the break.  It’s looking cheeeeeeap.]

One of the best known manga artists in the world today, Japan’s Go Nagai has won a horde of fans around the globe thanks to Cutie Honey and he’s about to make waves with another cult title hitting the big screen.

“The Abashiri Family” are one of the most notorious mafia family members in the world. Even though their family consists of only five members, just the words “Abashiri Family” strikes fear in other gang members. The head of the mafia clan then decides to send to his cherished only daughter Kikunosuke (Erica Tonooka) to a boarding school. What the father doesn’t know is that the boarding school are run by enemies of the Abashiri Family and they have no intentions of graduating their students ...

A live action adaptation of Go’s manga has just been completed with Ultraman veteran Teruyoshi Ishii directing from a script by Sadayuki Murai (Perfect Blue, »

- Todd Brown

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