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Director Satoshi Kon Passes Away

I’m really no fan of public mourning for “celebrities”, but the news of director Satoshi Kon passing away at the age of only 46 really ruined yesterday evening.
In my eyes, Kon was one of the most creative directors in the world of animation and will be sorely missed as he was preparing some very promising projects to add to his portfolio of masterworks. Thanks for showing us your dreams!


12.10.1963 – 24.08.2010

NP: The Girl in Byakkoya – White Tiger Field (Paprika Ending Theme)

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Wolfgang Petersen Talks Live-Action Paprika

In an interview with MTV Splash Page, director Wolfgang Petersen talked about his plans for the announced live-action adaptation of Yasutaka Tsutsui’s novel Paprika that Japanese director Satoshi Kon and Studio Madhouse turned into an amazing anime in 2006.
Petersen praises Kon’s adaptation and states that an yet unnamed author is currently working on the adaptation but a screenplay hasn’t been written yet. Unfortunately, he also mentions something that always leaves a bad taste in my mouth when it comes to Hollywood adaptations:

We open it up a little bit more so it’s more accessible for a wide audience, but it comes a little bit sort of “Matrix” feel. […] Not like Matrix but sort of the size of it all, the scope of it all. So that it becomes more of a film for a mainstream audience.

[via Quiet Earth]

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Wolfgang Petersen to do a live-action Paprika?

According to Moviehole, Wolfgang Petersen (yes, “our man in Hollywood”) is developing a live-action film based on Yasutaka Tsutsui‘s novel Paprika that director Satoshi Kon already adapted into an anime in 2006. Not a bad idea in my eyes, since the basic theme of the novel (dreams meet reality thanks to technology) could work really well in live-action even though I could imagine that combining reality with the dream world would be much harder (and probably less “real”) using CGI.
But why Wolfgang Petersen? I know that he already did Sci-Fi but the man didn’t produce anything spectacular for at least 20 years…
Here’s the title song The Girl in Byakkoya by Susumu Hirasawa (available for download here) from the 2006 anime:

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WebMonkey 26.05.07: No such thing a bad student, only bad teacher

Nazis! From Space!
Genauer gesagt vom Mond, wo die braune Bande sich in der Mondbasis “Schwarze Sonne” versteckt hielt und im Jahr 2018 zurückkehren um die Erde zu erobern. Iron Sky ist das neuste Projekt der finnischen Star Wreck Macher.

Fanboys Poster
Da hätte man sicherlich ein besseres Motiv nehmen können als das olle Return of the Jedi Alternativposter. Hoffe der Film kommt bald mal auf DVD, auf der Star Wars Celebration IV in LA wurden bereits 50 Minuten gezeigt.

Review der Paprika Japan LE
Will haben…allerdings nur mit englischen UT!

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Interviews: Satoshi Kon packt aus

Multitalent Satoshi Kon war in letzter Zeit viel zu Promotionzwecke für sein aktuelles Werk Paprika [ANN] unterwegs und hat dabei zwei recht interessante Interviews gegeben.
Interview mit TokyoPopInterview mit PAPO DE BUDEGA
In beiden Interviews hat sich Satoshi unter anderem zu seinem nächsten Projekt geäußert:

I am already starting scriptwriting the next movie. It will be an original story scripted by myself, and I have a feeling that two to two-and-half years from now you will see it. It will not be like Paprika in that it will not have a mature target audience but be one that children could enjoy. That said, it will not be a child-oriented film so it could be viewed with an adult’s perspective differently from how children will watch it.
Quelle: TokyoPop

The project I have in mind right now is indeed a movie for children. However, I initially had said that “Paprika” was about “a superheroine” who can transform herself. So, when I say it is for children, I guess it won’t be as straightforward as it might sound. Of course, the contents of the project will be something that is completely different from my previous movies, and I intend to create pretty-looking characters. It will be an adventure story for children to enjoy.
But if that is all I can talk about the project, adult audience, for whom I have supposedly targeted with my previous animations, will not be satisfied very much. That’s why I’m planning not to make it so naive. Ideally, I want to make it a dual-structured movie, in which children can enjoy it as a fantasy while adults can find the other message in it.
Quelle: PAPO DE BUDEGA

Auf einen kindgerechten Film von Satoshi Kon bin ich mal wirklich gespannt, bisher waren seine Filme ja ziemlich geniale, wie abgedrehte Brainfuck Abenteuer, Tokyo Godfathers [ANN] mal ausgenommen.

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Paprika: Japanische Deluxe Limited Edition

Sony Pictures Japan lockt Satoshi Kon Fans am dem 23. Mai mit einer dicken Deluxe Edition von Kons neustem Werk Paprika. Das Set ist auf 5000 Stück limitiert und enthält neben einer Bonus Disc noch ein (Sony Pictures inzwischen LE übliches) 760 Seiten starkes Storybook mit Kommentaren und Interviews. Ebenfalls am gleichen Datum erscheint die Standard DVD mit entsprechend weniger Extras aber mit nicht weniger ansprechenden Cover, sowie Blu-ray Ausgabe, bei die neue Pillenpackung wie so oft das Covermotiv zerstört. :(

Als Extras werden bei ryuganji folgende Features gelistet:

Disc 1 (Standard DVD)
Art director Ike Nobutaka explains the art of “Paprika” (15 minutes)
‘Karaoke’ dialogue: allows you to provide the voice for protagonist Chiba Atsuko
Audio commentary by Kon Satoshi and composer Hirasawa Susumu
Bonus Disc (Deluxe Edition)
Making-of, including footage from the Venice and Tokyo international film fests (30 minutes)
Special discussion between Kon, author Tsutsui Yasutaka, and voice actors Furuya Toru and Hayashibara Megumi (30 minutes)
Shooting Paprika: behind the scenes, explaining the film’s 3D world from the cinematographer’s point of view (15 minutes)

Über englische Untertitel beim Film sowie bei den Extras gibt es noch keine Angaben…japanisch müsste man können! :cry:
Hoffentlich gibt sich Sony Pictures in Europa ebenfalls soviel Mühe mit der Veröffentlichung, bei Tokyo Godfathers hat es ja auch mit einer schönen Limited Edition geklappt.

[via Twitch & ryuganji]

[17.03] Update: Watch Impress hat noch bessere Bilder zur Japan DVD veröffentlicht:

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Cineasia Filmfestival Köln #6: Programm steht fest

Per Newsletter wurde mir gerade das aktuelle Programm des sechsten Cineasia Filmfestivals, das vom 28.03. bis 01.04.2007 im Kölner Filmforum NRW statt findet, mitgeteilt:

Kompletten Beitrag lesen…

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