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Friday, December 16, 2016

So Much Anime Approaching January: One Piece Film: Gold, Ocean Waves & Sailor Moon R: The Movie

Approaching anime! Warning! Approaching anime! January is filled to the brim with anime films that should have been shown at AkibaFest, seriously Akibafest get some movie premieres.

Update: Wow, well there's even more anime coming in January then previously wrote, I'm adding three more films.

Princess Mononoke: 20th Anniversary
Thursday, January 5 (English Subtitles) and Monday, January 9 (English Dubbed) only.
Multiple Theaters

Inflicted with a deadly curse, the young warrior Ashitaka heads into the forest in search of a cure. There, he meets the enigmatic Princess Mononoke, a young girl raised by wolves, who will stop at nothing to prevent the humans from destroying her home, and the forest spirits and animal gods who live there. This classic story of the conflict between nature and civilization, and what it means to be human, has dazzled audiences for years with its iconic characters, action-packed battle scenes, and sweeping scope.

In honor of director Hayao Miyazaki's birthday and to celebrate the 20th anniversary of one of his beloved classics, Fathom Events and GKIDS are excited to bring the epic animated fantasy film, Princess Mononoke, back to cinemas nationwide on Thursday, January 5 (English Subtitles) and Monday, January 9 (English Dubbed) only.

Featuring the 1995 music video for “On Your Mark,” directed by Hayao Miyazaki and never-before released in North America.

One Piece Film: Gold
Jan 10-17
Multiple Theaters

The Straw Hat pirates are hitting the big screen once again in an all-new high-flying adventure! The popular series that has captivated fans all over the world unfolds a new saga in the highly anticipated movie, One Piece Film: Gold.
The glittering Gran Tesoro, a city of entertainment beyond the laws of the government, is a sanctuary for the world’s most infamous pirates, Marines, and filthy rich millionaires. Drawn by dreams of hitting the jackpot, Captain Luffy and his crew sail straight for the gold. But behind the gilded curtains lies a powerful king whose deep pockets and deeper ambitions spell disaster for the Straw Hats and the New World alike.

Ocean Waves
One night only
Thu, Jan 12, 7:30pm
Egyptian Theatre 6712 Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood, CA 90028

"This subtle, poignant and wonderfully detailed story of adolescence and teenage isolation is rarely seen outside of Japan. Taku and his best friend Yutaka are headed back to school for what looks like another uneventful year. But they soon find their friendship tested by the arrival of Rikako, a beautiful new transfer student from Tokyo whose attitude vacillates wildly from flirty and flippant to melancholic. When Taku joins Rikako on a trip to Tokyo, the school erupts with rumors, and the three friends are forced to come to terms with their changing relationships. OCEAN WAVES was the first Studio Ghibli film directed by someone other than studio founders Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata, as director Tomomi Mochizuki led a talented staff of younger employees in an adaptation of Saeko Himuro’s best-selling novel. Full of shots bathed in a palette of pleasingly soft pastel colors and rich in the unexpected visual details typical of Studio Ghibli’s most revered works, OCEAN WAVES is an accomplished teenage drama and a true discovery. Not available in any North American home viewing formats."

Sailor Moon R: The Movie Premiere
Friday Jan 13, 6pm
The Theatre at Ace Hotel
929 South Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90015

Attendees will receive an exclusive free gift of a SAILOR MOON Character Board and have the opportunity to purchase SAILOR MOON merchandise at the show, including official apparel and animation products. A variety of SAILOR MOON-themed cocktails will be served at the beautiful Spanish Gothic-styled Theatre at Ace Hotel Bar. The audience will also be treated to a live Q&A with members of the renowned English language cast as well as the staff behind the feature film.  

Sailor Moon R: The Movie Regular Screenings
As of writing this, 12/16, no other screenings are in the LA area
Should be starting January 19th

In SAILOR MOON R: THE MOVIE, long before Mamoru found his destiny with Usagi, he gave a single rose in thanks to a lonely boy who helped him recover from the crash that claimed his parents. This long-forgotten friend, Fiore, has been searching the galaxy for a flower worthy of that sweet gesture long ago. The mysterious flower he finds is beautiful, but has a dark side - it has the power to take over planets. To make matters worse, the strange plant is tied to an ominous new asteroid near Earth! Faced with an enemy blooming out of control, it’s up to Sailor Moon and the Sailor Guardians to band together, stop the impending destruction and save Mamoru!

The Red Turtle
January 20
Arthouse theaters in LA

If you missed the special screenings at AFI Fest in LA, we have a slightly wider release here in LA.

The dialogue-less film follows the major life stages of a castaway on a deserted tropical island populated by turtles, crabs and birds.

Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Dark Side of Dimensions
Jan 27, 4pm
Studio Movie Grill Simi Valley
1555 Simi Town Center Way, Simi Valley, CA 93065
Possibly more screenings will appear as movie approaches

A decade in the making, Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions features new designs and an all-new story from the original creator of the global phenomenon, Kazuki Takahashi.