screening of Afro Samurai in Santa Monica
Tue Aug 7 15:42:02 EDT 2007
An interesting test run of the first 5 parts of the upcoming anim?
series Afro Samurai--seems like ninja movie + Afro-futurism, starring
Samuel L. Jackson's voice. Apparently there is a live action film in
the works. Screening is being held at the Aero, the Santa Monica
outpost of the American Cin?math?que, as part of their horror sci-fi
series. From the Egyptian's website:
Sunday, August 12 ? 7:30 PM
Los Angeles Premiere!
AFRO SAMURAI, 2006, Takashi OKazaki, Gonzo/Samurai Project/
FUNimation, 125 min (5 episodes). This classic samurai story, with a
revolutionary animation style and hip-hop flavor, tells the tale of a
black swordman set in a futuristic, yet feudal, Japan who is on a
mission to avenge the wrongful death of his father. Samuel L. Jackson
voices the title role of "Afro," a mysterious warrior who travels a
solitary path encountering a myriad of enemies, friends and
challenges beyond imagination. Renowned rap artist & producer RZA
provides the original soundtrack for the series. The cast also
includes Ron Perlman as "Justice," a lightning quick gunfighter,
responsible for the death of Afro?s father and Kelly Hu as "Okiku," a
seductively beautiful girl and healing arts expert. The concept was
created by graphic designer/illustrator Takashi "Bob" Okazaki, and
the series is a creative collaboration between Jackson (executive
producer), Okazaki, and Japanese animation company Gonzo. Discussion
following with producer Eric Calderon.
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