SHORT PEACE Set for Theatrical Release in North America
ELEVEN ARTS and Sentai Filmworks are set to bring SHORT PEACE (ショート・ピース, Shooto Piisu, 2013), a new omnibus film from AKIRA’s director, Katsuhiro Otomo, to North American audiences. SHORT PEACE consists of four short animated films from some of Japan’s greatest animation creators, including this year’s Academy Award nominated POSSESSIONS (九十九, Tsukumo) directed by Shuhei Morita.
Prior to the wide release, special screenings will be scheduled at thirteen locations across the US on Monday, March 3rd after the Oscar announcement on March 2nd. The majority of screenings in other cities are scheduled for April 2014. Screening information is available at ELEVEN ARTS’ website.
In 1995, Katsuhiro Otomo’s epic anthology MEMORIES showcased the work of upcoming superstars of the anime world. Now, Otomo’s spotlight shifts to a fresh generation of visionaries with an all-new anthology of creative films: A lone traveler is confronted by unusual spirits in an abandoned shrine in the 2013 Academy Award nominated POSSESSIONS, directed by Shuhei Morita (COICENT, KAKURENBO: HIDE & SEEK). A mysterious white bear defends the royal family from the predations of a red demon in the brutal GAMBO （がんぼ）, adapted from REDLINE’s Katsuhito Ishii’s original story, and directed by Hiroaki Ando (FIVE NUMBERS!) with character designs by Yohiyuki Sadamoto (NEON GENESIS EVANGELION). The focus shifts from supernatural to science fiction for the action packed A FAREWELL TO ARMS (武器よさらば, Buki yo Saraba), as MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM designer Hajime Katoki helms Otomo’s tour-de-force saga of men battling robotic tanks in apocalyptic Tokyo. Grandmaster Otomo himself assumes the directorial reigns for a spectacular tale of love, honor and firefighting in ancient Japan with the multi-award winning COMBUSTIBLE (火要鎮, Hi no Yoojin).
Prepare your senses for these animated films that are taking the critical world by storm, and watch as a new era in anime is ushered in with Katsuhiro Otomo’s SHORT PEACE!
About ELEVEN ARTS, INC.
ELEVEN ARTS is the Los Angeles based film distribution company that has brought many acclaimed Japanese films, live-action and animation features, to North American audiences. ELEVEN ARTS’s major live-action titles include Japan Academy Awards winner MEMORIES OF TOMORROW (starring Ken Watanabe) and Oscar nominated director (with THE TWILIGHT SAMURAI in 2004) Yoji Yamada’s samurai film LOVE AND HONOR. ELEVEN ARTS is also a respected distributor of popular animation titles such as the EVANGELION franchise, FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST: THE SACRED STAR OF MILOS, PUELLA MAGI MADOKA MAGICA THE MOVIE PART 1: BEGINNINGS/ PART 2: ETERNAL/ PART 3: REBELLION and TIGER & BUNNY THE MOVIE: RISING.
About Sentai Filmworks
Sentai Filmworks is one of the fastest-growing anime companies in North America with hit series like PERSONA 4: THE ANIMATION, GIRLS UND PANZER, DEVIL SURVIVOR 2, BODACIOUS SPACE PIRATES, MAJESTIC PRINCE and HIGH SCHOOL OF THE DEAD as well as high profile theatrical films such as GRAVE OF THE FIREFLIES, K-ON! and APPLESEED.
For more information on SHORT PEACE, please see the previous coverage here on SciFi Japan:
- Katsuhiro Otomo Headlines Anime Omnibus SHORT PEACE
- Shochiku Releases New SHORT PEACE Poster
- SHORT PEACE × Tokyo Monorail
- SHORT PEACE Trailer
- POSSESSIONS Anime Nominated for Academy Award