Madman presents Reel Anime 2010

14 July, 2010 by IF

Press release from Madman Entertainment

This September, Madman invites you to experience the visual splendour, unadulterated joy and eye-popping thrills of anime on the big screen for REEL ANIME 2010.


Featuring a hand-picked selection of animated feature films from Japan, REEL ANIME 2010 is a wholly different kind of event, with each film showcasing the best that the new wave of anime has to offer.

When timid math genius, Kenji is asked by his crush, Natsuki to join her at the family’s Nagano home for a summer job, he agrees without hesitation. Upon arrival, he discovers Natsuki has only invited him to keep her grandmother happy. As Kenji attempts to keep up the ruse, he receives a strange email containing a math problem which, naturally, he can’t resist solving. Unbeknownst to Kenji, his attempts to solve the equation will unlock a dangerous gateway to the parallel virtual world of ‘OZ’ and throw him into a battle for the fate of the world.

Nominated for ‘Best Animated Feature’ at the 2009 Asia-Pacific Screen Awards and voted number two Most Popular Fiction Feature at Satellite Venues in the Showtime Movie Channels Audience Awards, 2010 Sydney Film Festival – this quirky, beautifully animated tale from the creators of THE GIRL WHO LEAPT THROUGH TIME, the breakaway hit of Reel Anime 2008, delivers a lavish and unforgettable experience that rivals the best that Studio Ghibli has to offer.

The epic rebuild of the NEON GENESIS EVANGELION saga continues in this second feature film, taking us in a frightening, thrilling and cinematically stunning new direction and featuring all-new characters, including Maki, an Eva pilot, plus new Evangelion units. The story of Shinji, Asuka and Rei – the three chosen children who fight to save Tokyo-3 from monstrous creatures known as Angels – is given startling new dimensions that are both light, and dramatically dark. Piloting the mighty Eva will demand more of Shinji and those around him than any of them are prepared for.

Also screening at REEL ANIME 2010: EVANGELION 1.0: YOU ARE [NOT] ALONE – see where the bold new direction of the EVANGELION rebuild begins!

A world exclusive to REEL ANIME 2010, screening before its theatrical debut in Japan, REDLINE is about the biggest and most deadly racing tournament in the universe. Only held once every five years, everyone wants to stake their claim to fame, including JP, a reckless dare-devil driver oblivious to speed limits with his ultra-customised car – all the while, organised crime and militaristic governments want to leverage the race to their own ends. Amongst the other elite rival drivers in the tournament, JP falls for the alluring Sonosee – but will she prove his undoing, or can a high speed romance survive a mass destruction race?

A white knuckle ride to smash the senses, REDLINE is “the most insanely exciting, visually exhilarating anime film you've seen in decades. Incredible fun.” (Anime News Network). It leaves Hollywood efforts such as SPEED RACER choking on its exhaust, and in a post-modern style, recalls the heyday of edgy, cult anime features of the late ‘80s and early ‘90s.

‘Medusa’, a deadly virus, becomes a worldwide epidemic. In order to escape from almost certain death, a handful of people are chosen to be put into a cold sleep, laying in a capsule housed in an ancient castle, hoping for a future cure. Among them is teenager Kasumi who eventually awakens, along with others, only to be attacked by horrifying creatures, and like the tale of Sleeping Beauty, to a castle covered in thorns.

KING OF THORN is an action horror-thriller that, true to form, will keep you gripped and guessing on who will make it out alive!

The REEL ANIME 2010 program begins September 2nd and is in cinemas nationally (except for WA – September 16-29.)

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To see the screening dates visit What's On