Anime Cinema Berlin

17. February 2010 21:13
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Anime on big screen, woohoo!

This saturday I’ll leave for a one week vacation to the capital. I just realized how lucky I was choosing this week because saturday the 20th and sunday the 21st are the last two days of the 60th Berlin International Film Festival. And what’s so great? Well, they’ll show two anime during the festival and I have tickets for both of them. One even has it’s world premiere there. I mean, how awesome is that? Watching an anime movie before Japan does. Roar!

These are the movies:



Year: 2009

Duration: 114 min.

Producer: Madhouse Inc.

Director: Mamoru Hosoda (Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo, Digimon Adventure)


SUMMER WARS features a family that is trying to cope with the vagaries of life following the collapse of the world wide web. Set in the near future, the film portrays a dramatic situation in a world in which performing the  simplest of daily tasks has now become almost impossible without the use of the internet. Everyone’s online in the virtual city of Oz, where people use artificial alter egos known as Avatars to do their work for them. Kenji is a student who has a summer job working for the city’s provider. One day he meets Natuski, the girl of his dreams. She invites him back to her home town, Nagano where she surprises Kenji by asking him to pose as her fiancée in order to placate her grandmother. On his first night in Nagao Kenji receives an email asking him to calculate a complex equation. A keen maths student, Kenji works away at the equation until he manages to find the solution. But all at once, everything changes: the next morning the news is full of the story of an Avatar that has run amok and is now terrorising Oz. Kenji is flabbergasted to learn that the offending Avatar is none other than his own. Mamoru Hosoda: “Family bonds are the strongest of networks, no matter how advanced the high-tech networks of the internet are. I would like to create a film with a story which will be accepted by a wide range of people without reference to age or sex. I would like to make a film which the whole family can enjoy as an adventure.”


Uchuu Show e Youkoso


Year: 2010

Duration: 136 min.

Producer: A-1 Pictures Inc.

Director: Koji Masunari (Kamichu!, R.O.D)


A tiny mountain village in a remote woodland region. Five primary school kids have come together in this idyllic spot in order to spend their summer holidays at a camp. At first the children enjoy carefree days amidst un –
spoiled nature far away from adult supervision. But their life changes dramatically when they come across what they believe to be a small dog, badly in need of help. The creature – known as Pochi – turns out not to be a dog at all but an alien on an important mission. It seems there is a mysterious substance on earth that is coveted throughout the universe. Pochi had almost found it but was so badly injured during a fight that he had to give up his search. Thanks to the children’s help, the alien survives – and decides to reward them generously. “Where would you most like to travel?” is the question Pochi puts to his rescuers. Their answer is prompt, if vague: “As far as possible!” Pochi suggests they try the moon first of all, and so, the alien whisks away the kids to the satellite next door. This marks the beginning of an absolutely amazing adventure. During the course of their travels they discover that the substance coveted throughout the universe is in fact also integral to Japanese cuisine – and it just so happens that one of the kids has some of this mysterious substance in his pocket.