Hakuzan Kanda, Tomoyo Kurosawa, Raikou Sakamoto
Twin Engine Inc.
Business is slow for the Ootsuji Detective Agency. Sotaro and his juvenile sidekick Saki will take any job that comes along, even one that sounds like a lot more risk than it’s worth. It’s festival season in the city but away from the public eye, a wave of mysterious disappearances has occurred. A newspaperman hires Sotaro to investigate, suggesting that answers might lie somewhere in the Dark, the notorious, anarchic maze that is the city’s physical, social, and moral underground. Sotaro subcontracts the gig to Saki, but soon enough regrets it when the kid also goes missing. Now Sotaro is obligated to venture into the Dark himself, and confront its dubious subterranean denizens, including the malicious Laughing Masks gang and the renegade police squad piloting the fearsome Demon 463 armoured train!
Step right this way, folks, for a thrilling adventure that’s equal parts crazy cartoon caper, shadowy film noir, nostalgic escapade, and steampunk fantasy. This retro-flavoured reimagining of the freewheeling Taisho era, Japan’s equivalent of the Roaring Twenties, is the long-awaited personal project of director Shigeyoshi Tsukahara, whose professional resume includes stage design for adventurous pop-rock superstars Sekai no Owari. Age-worn and adorned with all manner of vintage Japanese cultural iconography, KURAYUKABA is Tsukahara-san’s celebration not just of classic anime and old-time entertainment, but of all those little details that make Japan so special, even in this modern, globalized era of ours. Preceded by a pair of rare short films by Tsukahara, Fantasia’s world premiere of KURAYUKABA is your chance to discover a distinctive emerging talent in the anime field! – Rupert Bottenberg
An uproariously bizarre creation from independent animation icon Bill Plympton, revisited with an entirely new, original, and otherworldly musical accompaniment care of PanaCello!
The popular animated series TOUPIE ET BINOU is finally coming to the big screen! With the voices of Marc Labrèche, Anne Dorval, Xavier Dolan, Stéphane Rousseau and Geneviève Schmidt.
Yugo Sako, Kouichi Sasaki, Ram Mohan
Perdue pendant 30 ans, l’adaptation aimée de l’épopée hindoue est enfin de retour au grand écran. Une convergence de mythes, de musique, de monstres et de héros!