Two Anime Actioners Debut in Hollywood

The American Cinematheque at the historic Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, Calif., is serving up some visually stunning sci-fi action for animation fans over the next couple days. First up tonight, Aug. 6, is the 2004 Sundance selection, Sky Blue, followed by the outrageously twisted Dead Leaves on Saturday.

The Los Angeles premiere of Sky Blue will screen tonight at 7 p.m. Directed by Moon-saeng Kim, the Maxmedia release is set in a post-apocalyptic future where the fortunate few are gathered in a protected mega-city called Ecoban, while others are left to perish in the polluted wastelands outside. A daring young rebel named Suha decides to challenge the status quo and runs smack into his childhood love, a gorgeous, gun-toting member of Ecoban’s security force. The film runs 86 minutes and will be followed by a discussion with Sunmin Park, writer/producer/director of the English-language adaptation.

From Production I.G., the studio behind Blood–The Last Vampire and the anime sequence in Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill, comes Dead Leaves, screening Saturday, Aug. 7, at 3 p.m. Released by Manga Ent., director Hiroyuki Imaishi’s sci-fi/sex/action flick is set on a satellite prison in space filled with unwanted mutants. A skinny guy with a TV for a head and an incredibly attractive chick with a psychic eyeball join forces to lead their fellow prisoners on a bloody escape mission. The film runs 58 minutes and features extreme, cartoon-style violence and sexual situations. No one under 18 will be admitted. The first 30 people to enter the theater will receive a Dead Leaves poster.

The American Cinematheque’s 5th Annual Festival of Fantasy, Horror and Science—Fiction continues on Wednesday, Aug. 11, at 7 p.m. with a shorts program featuring Nirvan Mullick’s The Box Man, an eerie stop-motion film about alienation. Mullick and several other filmmakers will be on hand for a discussion afterward. Also screening as part of the month-long fest is the late Rene Laloux’s animated feature, Fantastic Planet. The 1973 Cannes Special Grand Prize-winner is set on a planet where humans are kept as pets or exterminated as vermin. The 72-minute pic will run Sunday, Aug. 15, at 6 p.m.

For more information on American Cinematheque screenings at the Egyptian Theater, visit www.egyptiantheatre.com.