The Golden Laws, an all-new anime film by Japanese director Ryuho Okawa makes its Los Angeles debut today at the Laemmle Fairfax. A presentation of Laemmle Theatres and IRH Press Co. Ltd., the movie is based on the best-selling book of the same name by Ryuho Okawa, who serves as exec. producer on the feature.
Described as a spiritual adventure, The Golden Laws tells the story of a 15-year-old boy and girl who travel beyond time and space over thousands of years in a time machine. The story takes place in “New Atlantis” in the 25th century. A teenage boy’s life is turned upside down when he is visited by a traveler from the future, a girl of the same age. The two travel back to 21st century Japan when the teachings of The Golden Laws were revealed, but get sidetracked when their time machine experiences a mechanical error and sends them to ancient Greece, Egypt, India, Israel and China. These adventures put them face-to-face with famed spiritual leaders who allow them to experience the grand drama of human history.
Animators who worked on the film include such top Japanese talents as Takeaki Ishiyama (Sakura Taisen), Isamu Imakake (Lupin the Third: Dead or Alive), Masami Suda (Gatchaman, Hokuto No Ken “Fist of North Star“), Keizo Shimizu (Ginga Eiyuu Densetsu “Legend of the Galactic Heroes“), Yukiyoshi Hane (Kiki’s Delivery Service, Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind) and Marisuke Eguchi (Street Fighter, Ginga Tetsudou no Yoru “Night on the Galactic Railroad“). Visual effects were developed by Colorado FX, which contributed to X-Men, Spider-Man and The Lord of the Rings.
The Golden Laws opened in theaters in Japan on October 11, 2003. It runs 110 minutes and is not rated.
Also coming back to theaters today is The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. New Line is re-releasing the first installment in the blockbuster trilogy in 126 theaters across North America over the weekend. It also plans to reissue the middle installment, The Two Towers, prior to the Dec. 17 release of Return of the King, giving fans a chance to take in all three films on the big screen this month.