"The Tibetan Dog," an animated feature jointly produced by Japan's leading anime studio Madhouse Inc. and China Film Group Corp., will have its Japanese premiere on Jan. 7.
The feature is the first full-scale anime co-production project authorized by the Chinese government and was showcased at this year's Annecy International Animation Film Festival in France. It was released nationwide in China this summer.
The project is being closely watched by a Japanese anime industry as many firms are keen to make inroads into China. Co-productions are considered one of the best ways of accessing the country's fast-growing market.
Based on a best-selling novel by Yang Zhijun, "The Tibetan Dog" portrays a boy named Tenzin who makes peace with his long-estranged father. Life is hard, but he learns friendship and lessons in life on the Tibetan plateau.
The production was directed by Masayuki Kojima, known for his sensitive portrayals of children in "Hanada Shonen-shi" and "Piano no Mori" (The Perfect World of Kai).
Naoki Urasawa, a manga artist best known as the creator of "Monster" and "20th Century Boys," provided original character designs.
The child actor Tatsuomi Hamada plays the young Tenzin, while veteran actor Mikijiro Hira provides his adult voice. His father's role is spoken by Toshio Kakei.
Morning showings of the anime will be screened at the Cine Libre Ikebukuro theater in Tokyo.
For more information, visit the official website at (http://www.madhouse.co.jp/tibetan-dog/).
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