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‘Short Peace’ Celebrates Diversity of Japanese Directors

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‘Short Peace’ Celebrates Diversity of Japanese Directors

Topping the week’s animation home ent. releases is the highly anticipated U.S. release of Katsuhiro Otomo’s Short Peace on DVD (Sentai Filmworks, $24.98) and Blu-ray ($29.98). The anthology film — an update on his next-gen filmmakers showcase Memories (1995) — combines four diverse animated shorts from celebrated directors. Both versions come in a protective slipcover with four postcards featuring unique art from the shorts.

Shuhei Morita’s Oscar-nominated Possessions blends 2D textures with CG animation in its tale of a lone traveler confronted by unusual object-spirits in an abandoned shrine; a mysterious white bear defends a rural village from a red demon in Hiroaki Ando’s Gambo from an original story by Katsuhito Ishii (Redline) and character designs by Yoshiyuki Sadamoto (Neon Genesis Evangelion); things take a sci-fi twist in Hajime Katoki’s A Farewell to Weapons, a man-vs-machine tour-de force set in a post-apocalyptic Tokyo; and mastermind Otomo’s multiple award-winning Combustible takes a Romeo and Juliet theme back to the distant past of Edo as star crossed lovers confront their fate against the backdrop of a raging fire. [Available now]

Short Peace

Short Peace

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