Project Itoh Movies
There are three movies coming out this year based on the novels by Project Itoh. Each film is being created by different studios and each is based on a different novel. The first one coming out is Empire of Corpses, which Funimation is releasing in theaters later this year (http://www.funimationfilms.com/). The story looks really creative, starring John Watson from Sherlock Holmes as he tries to hunt down the notes of Dr. Victor Frankenstein. This looks to be a very unique movie. I am definitely getting tickets to see that one. The other two titles are Genocidal Organ and Harmony, both of which will probably get dubs as well. These look to be really cool anime movies coming out soon. Check out this article for more details: http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2015-05-07/3-anime-films-of-project-itoh-novels-unveil-new-visuals/.87918
Genocidal Organ was being made by the recently Bankrupt Manglobe Studios, the company behind Gangsta. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ErbBU0gZnzI
Edit: I just read that Funimation has licensed all three of the films, and should be releasing them all in theaters. (http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2015-10-01/manglobe-genocidal-organ-film-delayed/.93641).
I think this passage from an article I read demonstrates what is really cool about the Project Itoh films:
"Project Itoh released Genocidal Organ as his debut novel in 2007, and his final novel, Harmony, debuted in Japan in 2008. Project Itoh wrote Harmony and the novel adaptation of Metal Gear Solid: Guns of the Patriots while he was being treated for the cancer that ultimately took his life in 2009. The Japanese film website Cinema Today reported in 2012 that film adaptation rights were being pitched in Hollywood."
His novel, Empire of Corpses won the Philip K. Dick Award for science fiction.
Also, just as an update: Project Itoh: Genocidal Organ was at Manglobe Studios before they went bankrupt, and has now been shifted over to Geno Studio. It should be be ready for release this year.
If you are interested in reading any of the novels by Satoshi ItÅ, better known as Project Itoh, it would be a great way to get ready for the movies! Science-fiction fans are sure to enjoy these!
Project Itoh (Satoshi ItÅ):
- Prologue from Empire of Corpses (http://www.booksfromjapan.jp/sample-translation/the-empire-of-corpses)
- Metal Gear Solid: Guns of the Patriot (Novel Adaptation): (http://www.amazon.com/Metal-Gear-Solid-Guns-Patriot/dp/1421540010)
A second trailer for Project Itoh: Harmony demonstrates the graphic nature of this science-fiction anime. "Harmony envisions a future world in which medical technology has transformed the planet into a safe but oppressive utopia, until an unexpected crisis upsets the balance."
Harmony is directed by Michael Arias (Tekkonkinkreet) and Takashi Nakamura (A Tree of Palme) with animation by Studio 4Â°C. The film is scheduled to be released sometime this spring, following the release of Project Itoh: Empire of Corpses.
"Oldboy' Director to Adapt Live-Action Japanese Sci-Fi War Novel, 'Genocidal Organ'"
"The novel, which has been called Japan"s top sci-fi book of the last decade, follows an American man traveling the world in search of a mythical brand of war technology. In Itoh"s novel, Sarajevo has been obliterated by a nuclear attack and a wave of super soldiers â€” influenced by psychotropic drugs and manipulative therapy â€” kill others without empathy. The novel was translated into English in 2012, and was well-received as a frightening look at modern warfare."
"South Korean director Park Chan-wook created his Vengeance Trilogy in the early 2000s, and the second film in that series, Oldboy, earned him international acclaim. His films are stylish, violent, and often include infamously cruel plot-twists. Now, several sources have confirmed that Chan-wook"s next project will be a film adaptation of Genocidal Organ, a Japanese sci-fi novel written by Project Itoh."
Funimation has posted a cool article on the Project Itoh movies on the News Page. Check it out for more information on these anime films!
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Two new manga based on the works of Project Itoh debuted in the May issue of Kadokawa's monthly publication, Newtype.
The novel Harmony is being adapted to manga by Gatou Asou.
The novel Genocidal Organ is being adapted by Fumi Minato.
Hopefully, these will get licensed for release in the US. I would definitely be interested in checking these out. If you want to read the original novels they are based on, Amazon has all of Project Itoh's novels, but Empire of Corpses has not been translated yet, and is only available in Japanese.
Amazon (novels): (http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_2?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=project+itoh)
Now that the first two Project Itoh films have been released in theaters, all that's left is Genocidal Organ.
Genocidal Organ was originally slated to be released last year in October, but was unfortunately delayed. The original studio working on the film, Manglobe (Samurai Champloo, Ergo Proxy, Deadman Wonderland, Gangsta), filed for bankruptcy in September of that year. Genocidal Organ was then shifted over to the newly created Geno Studio. The director, ShukÅ Murase, and the rest of the animation team, have stayed on to work on the project at the new studio. They expect the film to be completed by the end of 2016. Genocidal Organ will be the first anime produced by this new studio.
With the delay pushing the film back to at least the end of the year, it raises an interesting question. What films will Funimation show in theaters for the rest of the year? Surely, they're not done yet. Anyone want to take a guess at which ones they might try to get?
"The video reaffirms that the new anime company Geno Studio is now producing the film and that the "project still goes on." The video also quotes Shukou Murase, who is continuing to work as director with "other main staff members" on the film. The quote reads, "I am able to think that Project Itoh gave us this chance to continue production on this project."
The war on terror exploded, literally, the day Sarajevo was destroyed by a homemade nuclear device. The leading democracies transformed into total surveillance states, and the developing world has drowned under a wave of genocides. The mysterious American John Paul seems to be behind the collapse of the world system, and it"s up to intelligence agent Clavis Shepherd to track John Paul across the wreckage of civilizations, and to find the true heart of darknessâ€”a genocidal organ.
Sources: (http://www.fandompost.com/2016/03/17/genocidal-organ-anime-feature-gets-new-teaser/), (http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2016-03-19/genocidal-organ-film-teaser-video-assures-that-project-still-goes-on/.99909)
In addition to his full-length novels, Project Itoh also wrote a few short stories. One short story of his, titled, The Indifference Machine, was recently translated in English and published in a collection of short stories. The book is called Phantasm Japan: Fantasies Light and Dark, From and About Japan, and the book's website gives the following description:
"The secret history of the most famous secret agent in the world. A bunny costume that reveals the truth in our souls. The unsettling notion that Japan itself may be a dream. The tastiest meal you"ll never have, a fedora-wearing neckbeard"s deadly date with a yokai, and the worst work shift anyoneâ€”human or notâ€”has ever lived through. Welcome to Phantasm Japan."
Project Itoh's short story is part of this amazing collection. The translation of his novella The Indifference Engine, which originally appeared in The Future Is Japanese, was nominated for the 2012 Shirley Jackson Award.
Summary of The Indifference Engine:
"The fictional African nation of Shelmikedmus is in a state of civil war. The sides are divided along ethnic lines, the ruling Hoa and rebel Xema. The civil war is a bloody one, with both sides committing genocide against the other. The Americans and Dutch intercede in the war, negotiating a ceasefire between the two armies. With them, they bring an invention, the indifference engine, that will bring peace to the country. However, the invention isn"t necessarily what you sayâ€¦completely ethical."
Phantasm Japan is published by Haikasoru, an imprint of Viz Media, that "brings Japanese science fiction, fantasy, and horror books to an English-speaking audience." To purchase the book and find out more about each of the authors, head over to: (http://www.haikasoru.com/phantasm-japan/).
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