Anime Limited has announced that it has acquired the theatrical rights to 009 RE:Cyborg, Kenji Kamiyama’s film adaptation of Shotaro Ishinomori’s classic sci-fi manga.
A podcast on the UK Anime News website includes an interview with Anime Limited president Andrew Partridge, who states his goal is to release the film in approximately 15 cinemas in the UK and Republic of Ireland for a period of two weeks. The film will be released in Japanese with English subtitles and will be available in 2D and 3D this spring.
The film was previously going to have a surprise premiere in Glasgow on 10 February, but there was a problem with the film’s delivery and it was replaced by Makoto Shinkai’s 5 Centimeters Per Second. As an apology for the last minute substitution, Partridge also stated in his interview that Anime Limited would release Makoto Shinkai’s previous film, The Place Promised in Our Early Days, which is currently unavailable in the UK.
009 RE:Cyborg is set in 2013 when skyscrapers in London, Moscow, Berlin, and New York are destroyed by simultaneous bombings. This act of indiscriminate terrorism by an unknown group with unknown motives sets off a world-wide panic. A group of nine cyborg fighters who used to rescue humanity from threats are called on again by their creator Dr. Gilmore to uncover the group and capture those responsible.