By S.T. VanAirsdale
We have a saying around Reeler HQ: "Trust no man -- except Grady Hendrix." The NY Sun critic, Variety blogger and NY Asian Film Festival co-founder is among our most reliable sources for all things new and great, which means we may be having something of a late Saturday night as a Hendrix family favorite screens for free on the Upper East Side.
In 2004, first time director Kazuaki Kiriya raised $6 million bucks, assembled a sweatshop of young CG artists, and took them deep underground where they built their own computer workstations out of scrap hardware and tore open their skulls, unleashing Casshern. ... Exploding with digital beauty, this is the most unique sci-fi film to hit theaters since Blade Runner. Seething with epic battles, massive crankcase cityscapes, genuine atrocity footage and shot with everything from cell animation to Super 8 cameras, Casshern is a digital prayer for the fate of the human race, an ass-kicking steampunk smackdown, and one of the most visually exhilarating anti-war movies ever made.
Adapted from a failed television cartoon that aired in the early 1970’s, Casshern is the experience that finally makes good on all the promises movies made to you when you were a child, but never delivered.
If you don't believe me, watch the trailer.
Even if you do believe him, watch the trailer. And then get in line early at the ImaginAsian Theater, where Saturday's free 10 p.m. screening is scheduled as part of the New York Anime Festival but will accommodate non-pass-holders as space allows. Grady has yet to steer us wrong, and judging from the looks of things online, he's not likely to start now. Check out Kaiju Shakedown for more screening and program information.
Posted at December 7, 2007 12:21 PM
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