An Action-Packed Science-Fiction War Movie of the Near Future
Source: TBS (Tokyo Broadcasting System)
Official Movie Site: toshokan-sensou-movie.com (Japan)
Special Thanks to Eriko Miura and Yuhka Matoi
‘With our own hands, we will preserve freedom…’
Their battle for books and the freedom to know begins now.
On April 27, 2013, Toho released the live action feature film LIBRARY WARS (図書館戦争, Toshokan Senso). The movie is based on the Library War young-adult fiction by best-selling novelist Hiro Arikawa, previously adapted as an anime series in 2008 and the animated film LIBRARY WAR: THE WINGS OF REVOLUTION (図書館戦争 革命のつばさ, Toshokan Senso Kakumei no Tsubasa) in 2012.
LIBRARY WARS is now being offered for international distribution by TBS (Tokyo Broadcasting System). TBS has kindly provided the following English text as well as photos and artwork for the movie…
Library War is the first novel in a series that has sold 2.8 million copies since its first release in 2006. Conjuring a unique fictional world of highly individual characters, the top entertainment SF epic that has drawn massive popularity in Japan to author Hiro Arikawa is a motion picture at last. Directing is Shinsuke Sato, who in films like GANTZ (前編, Gantsu, 2011) and SANDS’ CHRONICLE (砂時計, Sunadokei, 2008) has given the world smash hits in a wide range of genres, from romance to fast-paced action. With finely detailed portraits of the characters’ subtleties and the cooperation of Japan’s land, sea, and air Self-Defense Forces in the creation of epic-scale battle scenes and as a model for the Library Corps in its defense of ‘books’ and ‘the freedom to know’, the film promises viewers a truly riveting movie experience.
Directed by Shinsuke Sato, who also works on TV dramas, games and CG animations as well as movies, LIBRARY WARS is a classic entertainment for all ages with SF action and love comedy. This film stars Junichi Okada (SP series, TENCHI: THE SAMURAI ASTRONOMER) and Nana Eikura (APRIL BRIDE, LIFE BACK THEN, THE FLOATING CASTLE).
In 2019, public anger at media excess has led to censorship of television, newspapers, the internet, books, movies, and music under the ‘Media Betterment Act’. To fight the armed ‘Betterment Squads’ that go around destroying objectionable materials, the nation’s libraries have formed their own para-military ‘Library Defense’.
Iku Kasahara (Nana Eikura) is a new recruit to the corps, where her instructor and squad leader is Atsushi Dojo (Junichi Okada). At first repelled by his by-the-book approach to leadership, she is gradually won over by his commitment to their battle for ‘books’ and ‘the freedom to know.’
Japan Theatrical Release: April 27, 2013
Running Time: 128 Minutes
Atsushi Dojo: Junichi Okada
Iku Kasahara: Nana Eikura
Asako Shibasaki: Chiaki Kuriyama
Mikihisa Komaki: Kei Tanaka
Satoshi Tezuka: Sota Fukushi
Gen Nishina: Koji Ishizaka
Kenji Takeyama: Kazuma Suzuki
Maki Origuchi: Naomi Nishida
Ryusuke Genda: Jun Hashimoto
Director: Shinsuke Sato
Screenplay: Akiko Nogi
Original Story: Library War by Hiro Arikawa (Kadokawa Shoten)
Cinematography: Taro Kawazu
Original Music: Yu Takami
Production Company: Sedic International
Production: “Library Wars” Movie Project (Kadokawa Shoten Publishing, Sedic International, Toho)
International Sales: TBS
For more information on LIBRARY WARS please see the previous coverage here on SciFi Japan: