screening of Afro Samurai in Santa Monica

Anne McKnight annekmcknight
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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