Director Stu Levy announced that his documentary film Pray For Japan will feature a newly produced opening anime sequence. The film chronicles the aftermath of the Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami that devastated much of the country’s northeast coast on March 11, 2011.
The sequence, which runs for about three and a half minutes long according to Levy, was produced at Studio DEEN under the supervision of studio president Kazunori Noguchi. The animation depicts life in the devastated region prior to the earthquake, is stylized in reference to tenogui (traditional Japanese decorative cotton towel) art prints. The sequence was directed by Hiroshi Nagahama (Mushi-Shi, Detroit Metal City), and features music byTamio Okuda (Honey and Clover, Shin Mazinger Shōgeki!).
The production services of Studio DEEN, as well as assisting studios Artland, Production I.G, Studio Comet, Korean studio E-Cho Animation and Chinese studio China Animation Co., were provided to the project for free.
A feature-length documentary, the film focuses on the rescue and clean-up operations following the disaster, as well as humanitarian efforts by volunteers. The film also interviews survivors of the disaster about their lives since the incident took place.
Pray for Japan will have its world premiere on March 6 in Japan at the Cinem@rt Shinjuku, Tokyo. AMC Theaters will screen the documentary in 17 North American cities on March 14 at 7:00 p.m. local time, with proceeds benefiting the Japan Emergency NGO (JEN). More information is available at the Pray for Japan website.
- New York, NY: AMC Empire 25
- West Orange, CA: AMC Orange 30
- Torrance, CA: AMC Del Amo 16
- Cupertino, CA: AMC Cupertino Square 16
- Boston, MA: AMC Loews Boston Common 19
- Atlanta, GA: AMC Phipps Plaza 14
- Garland, TX: AMC Firewheel 18
- Seattle, WA: AMC Pacific Place 11
- Chicago, IL: AMC River East 21
- Washington D.C.: AMC Loews Georgetown 14
- Toronto, ON: AMC Yonge & Dundas 24
- Kansas City, MO: AMC Mainstreet 6
- Maui, HI: Maui Mall Megaplex Cinema
- Stafford, TX: AMC Loews Fountains 18
- Montreal, QC: AMC Forum 22
- San Diego, CA: AMC Mission Valley 20