Robot Carnival

Director: Atsuko Fukushima, Hidetoshi Ômori, Hiroyuki Kitakubo, Hiroyuki Kitazume, Katsuhiro Ôtomo, Kôji Morimoto, Manabu Ôhashi, Takashi Nakamura, Yasuomi Umetsu Run Time: 90 min. Format: 35mm Rating: NR

Starring: Keiko Hanagata, Kôji Moritsugu, Yayoi Maki

This screening of Robot Carnival will feature a 35mm print of the U.S. theatrical dub of the film produced by Streamline Pictures.

Released on video in Japan, but theatrically in the U.S., animated anthology film Robot Carnival collects nine shorts on robotics and artificial intelligence from nine up-and-coming anime directors of the day. Featuring a wide-range of styles and influences, the film kickstarted the careers of directors like Katsuhiro Otomo (Akira), Yasuomi Umetsu (Kite, Mezzo Forte), and Hiroyuki Kitakubo (Roujin Z, Golden Boy) and several others who graduated to some of the most popular titles of the 1980s (Bubblegum Crisis, City Hunter, Char’s Counterattack, Urotsukidoji).

35mm original theatrical print courtesy of the UCLA Film & Television Archive.

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