Iconic Events Releasing Brings Back Classic Anime Films For AX Cinema Nights Series
As it releases a schedule of future countrywide theatrical events for the most recent AX Cinema Nights, Iconic Events Releasing, a business that specializes in distributing special engagement theatrical events to theaters, takes the action and daring visual narrative of anime to the big screen.
A Satoshi Kon Film Festival will screen three of the legendary director’s most well-known anime feature films, including PAPRIKA, TOKYO GODFATHERS, and PERFECT BLUE, on top of special screenings of GHOST IN THE SHELL and COWBOY BEBOP: THE MOVIE. Screenings with subtitles and dubbing are planned.
Perfect Blue 25th Anniversary – AX Cinema Nights Satoshi Kon Fest
Screening Dates: Sept. 6th (sub), Sept. 7th (dub), Sept. 10th
For its 25th anniversary, Satoshi Kon’s innovative and hardly seen first movie, PERFECT BLUE (Paprika, Paranoia Agent), is being re-released in theaters by Anime Expo Cinema Nights. Mima, a rising pop singer, has given up singing in order to focus on a career as an actress and model, but her supporters aren’t ready to say goodbye. Mima’s reality and fantasy merge into a frenetic paranoia as she struggles with thoughts of guilt and is plagued by visions of her former life. In this renowned psychological thriller, which has frequently been recognized as one of the most significant animated films of all time, Mima’s stalker is closing in on her both physically and virtually, and the harm he poses is more real than even she realizes.
Ghost in the Shell – AX Cinema Nights
Release Dates: Nov. 8th (sub), Nov. 9th (sub), Nov. 12th (encore screening)
Return to the visually spectacular and moving classic GHOST IN THE SHELL with Anime Expo Cinema Nights. 2029: Major Motoko Kusanagi, a female cybernetic government agent, and the Internal Bureau of Investigations are pursuing “The Puppet Master,” an enigmatic and dangerous computer virus that can infect human hosts. Kusanagi starts a high-tech race against time to capture the omnipresent monster with her fellow Section 9 agents. One of the greatest Japanese animation movies ever made is the award-winning cyber-tech thriller directed by Mamoru Oshii, which is based on the Shirow Masamune comic book series.
Tokyo Godfathers 20th Anniversary – AX Cinema Nights Satoshi Kon Fest
Release Dates: Dec. 11th (sub), Dec. 12th (sub), Dec. 13th (encore screening)
Anime Expo Cinema Nights invites you to celebrate TOKYO GODFATHERS, the acclaimed holiday classic from master director Satoshi Kon (Paprika, Perfect Blue), as it returns to theaters to celebrate its 20th anniversary with a 4K restoration under the supervision of the original art director and producers. On Christmas Eve, three homeless companions stumble upon a baby girl in a garbage heap. They name her Kiyoko, and vow to care for her as they track down her family. Haunted by memories of their own broken pasts and pursued by a cast of shadowy characters from Tokyo’s nightlife, Hana, Gin and Miyuki overcome their differences and learn to trust one another as a new, makeshift family. With the New Year fast approaching, the mystery behind baby Kiyoko deepens, and these unlikely heroes discover the surprising — and sometimes miraculous — connections that have brought them all together. Co-written by Keiko Nobumoto (Cowboy Bebop) and featuring a whimsical score by Keiichi Suzuki, TOKYO GODFATHERS is a masterpiece by turns heartfelt, hilarious and highly original, a tale of hope and redemption in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds.
Cowboy Bebop: The Movie – AX Cinema Nights
Release Dates: Jan. 21st (sub), Jan. 22nd (sub), Jan 23rd (encore screening)
COWBOY BEBOP: THE MOVIE is being shown at Anime Expo Cinema Nights.Lost in the ugliness of reality but trapped in a realm of fantasy. What should have been a straightforward bounty becomes a biological conflict after a terrorist obtains a lethal virus. Spike and the Bebop cast are prepared to receive a much-needed reward after being attracted by the attractive price on the mastermind’s head. Sadly, the gang is about to get into more difficulties than just financial difficulty when the terrorist threatens to release the virus on Halloween, effectively eradicating all life on Mars. They’ll have to utilize their own arsenal of techniques to foil a deadly conspiracy because they don’t have much time and the leads they have are more hazy than useful.
Paprika – AX Cinema Nights Satoshi Kon Fest
Release Dates: Feb. 7th (sub), Feb. 8th (sub), Feb. 11th (encore screening)
The mind-bending thriller PAPRIKA, which has been restored in 4K for the first time, is the final movie made by visionary director Satoshi Kon and is being shown at Anime Expo Cinema Nights. All hell breaks loose when a device that enables therapists to access their patients’ dreams is stolen. Only Paprika, a young female therapist, can halt it.
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