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Tokyo International Film Festival to Showcase MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM


Tokyo’s 28th International Film Festival will include a special presentation of Mobile Suit Gundam.

From the press release:

It is nearly 35 years since the theatrical version of Mobile Suit Gundam was released. Numerous works, whose creators have publicly stated they were influenced by Gundam, have been worldwide big hits. One such work, the Guillermo del Toro-directed “Pacific Rim”, remains fresh in audiences’ minds, and thus the influence of Gundam continues to reverberate throughout the world.

Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim has grossed a total of $101,802,906 and the sequel is set to be released on August 8, 2017.

The animated Mobile Suit Gundam first aired on April 7, 1979, and since then the franchise has influenced many parts of Japanese culture. Mobile Suit Gundam stamps have been created and there is a statue of the famous RX 78 Robot in Odaiba, Tokyo. Kunio Okawara, who is a mechanical designer in the anime industry, had his own exibit in the Hyōgo Prefectural Museum of Art which included his designs from Mobile Suit Gundam.

The Tokyo International Film Festival takes place October 22-31 at Roppongi Hills.


Alley Ulrich

Alley Ulrich is a student at the University of Kansas majoring in Film and Media Studies and History. She likes reading, looking at pictures of rabbits, and the color blue. Fell in love with science fiction after watching PACIFIC RIM.

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