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Japanese movies to air in US theatres.

by ElectricSlime
Feb 6, 2008 7:35 PM | 27 Comments
Funimation and The Bigger Picture will be presenting three Japanese movies at varied points across February. As a part of The Foreign Exchange Series, Funimation will bring
One Piece: The Desert Princess and The Pirates: Adventure in Alabasta, Vexille - 2077 Isolation of Japan, and the live action film Genghis Khan: To the Ends of the Earth and Sea. Each will run for 4 days each in 98 theatres across the US.

At The Bigger Picture's site you can see a complete listing of theatres that the movies will air in.

One Piece: The Desert Princess and The Pirates: Adventure in Alabasta airs Feb 7-10

Vexille - 2077 Isolation of Japan airs Feb 14-17

Genghis Khan: To the Ends of the Earth and Sea airs Feb 21-24

Source: ANN

20 of 27 Comments Recent Comments

if they brought the Higurashi live action over to America, it would sell out faster than the SAW and Hostile series. x_X

Feb 20, 2008 7:23 PM by cr4sian_phil

Anime movies in america...

Wonder if it ends up a hit...

Feb 15, 2008 10:20 PM by Sobdid

Vexille was very meh unfortunately.....

Feb 13, 2008 12:05 AM by KrylonBlue

I couldn't make it to One Piece this weekend...but I still hope to go see Vexille this weekend because it looks good.

It helps to have a little more warning this time. I do love to plan. >.>

Feb 12, 2008 6:52 PM by Pixeleen

thanks cyruz for the update, i really wanted to see vexille ever since the first trailer came out in Japan, didn't know they already had it out on DVD, man they're fast, but ya closest theater that has a showing is 222 miles. I might rent it if it comes out to blockbuster just to see how the eng voice actors do, sound better then most...

Feb 10, 2008 2:10 PM by Sukotsutsu

O cool! that sounds soo fun ill have to watch them :DD

Feb 10, 2008 12:00 PM by Choto

Oh, man. Closest theater they're showing in is about 105 miles away from me.
This sucks. I really wanna see the One Piece movie on the big screen. =/

Feb 8, 2008 9:34 PM by NoyaChan

I downloaded the Vexille sub last week, you won't be disappointed I think. At least not if you've seen the trailer and know what it's about, since some people think it was nothing new or whatever.

Feb 8, 2008 7:06 AM by cyruz

No canada :P We got tons of japs and otakus here :P They'd probably make more money too

Feb 8, 2008 6:42 AM by Icy-nee-san

No movies in Aus.... T_T

Feb 7, 2008 10:48 PM by aero

Argh...I want to see Vexille but it's not going to be in any of the close theaters. Damn not having a car!

Feb 7, 2008 10:46 PM by hounddog

Shiranai said:
I'm pretty sure the first few pokemon movies aired in a lot of theaters. :P

Ah ha ha, I stand corrected. As did the Digimon movie. Not a knock against any of them, but I guess I didn't even consider them anime yesterday. ^_^;;

Heh, I was thinking of Princess Mononoke and stuff like that. Even the Naruto movie would have been a 50 mile drive.

I still find it odd that my smaller city gets these while major cities are missing out. That was my original thought, really.

Feb 7, 2008 9:12 PM by Pixeleen

What?! I am less than 15 miles from Washington DC where within the next month a Three week Japanese Cultural Festival is being held, Katsucon is being held, and the Cherry Blossom Festival occurs and the CLOSEST theater showing any of the movies is nearly 80 miles away! Oh, well, I will be busy enough with the previously mentioned events I guess. I just really wanted to see "Vexille".

Feb 7, 2008 8:37 PM by VTOtaku

Pixeleen said:
Wait--in my city? Since when? What is this?

As you can, this almost never happens. No, scratch that. I don't think there's ever been anime shown here theatrically. I'll probably go see all three just to support this endeavour.

Because I'd like more. :)

I'm pretty sure the first few pokemon movies aired in a lot of theaters. :P

Feb 7, 2008 5:23 PM by TheDrunkenShadow

Whoa, I never heard of Vexille until now and watching the trailer gotten me interested... especially when Paul Oakenfold is handling the music? Wow, he's such a great DJ. ^_^ Unless there's another Oakenfold...

Feb 7, 2008 4:44 PM by Kuronoa

after reading the synopsis for Vexille, I'm definitely interested and thinking of watching the movie.

Feb 7, 2008 4:11 PM by avrc

I'm definitly going to watch VEXILLE in vegas :D

i srsly wanted to watchthis movie so bad :)

Feb 7, 2008 3:19 PM by Ranivus

Glad to hear that Japan is testing the waters on Anime movies in theaters again. When they released Princess Mononoke in the theaters, they were still jam packed a week after the first showing. In the US I doubt they will make as much money as they do in Japan by doing this, yet considering how much money is made by movies in the US normally, it's only a matter of time hopefully.

Unfortunately, I'm not finding any info on Vexille locations. It looks really promising too. I hope that I can find where it's playing before it's out of theaters.

Feb 7, 2008 11:27 AM by Chamcham

Waaahh .. what a pitty that it's only in the US :(

Feb 7, 2008 9:55 AM by mungo

This is awesome news. I'm glad that they are seeing theater showings. To bad the closest to me is almost 100 miles away. *pout*

Feb 7, 2008 9:50 AM by -White_Rabbit-