Heres a little something for all of us anime fans! Doraemon: Nobita to Midori no Kyojin Den, (Nobita and the Green Giant Legend) the latest movie about Fujiko F. Fujio’s manga robotic cat, will hit the silver screens of several Shanghai cinemas this week (starting today, Friday). Of course, in Japan it has already been running for over a year (it was released on March 8, 2008) but we shouldn’t complain. Earlier this year the movie was nominated for the Japan Academy Prize for Animation of the Year, but got beaten by Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea.
The story goes like this:
Nobita finds a fossilized dinosaur egg by accident, and with the help of Doraemon’s tools, they hatched the egg and began raising the dinosaur. Knowing that they can’t keep the dinosaur forever, Nobita was forced to send it back to prehistoric times where a group of hunters from the future threatens to endanger the dinosaurs. Determined to save the dinosaurs from the claws of the hunters, Doraemon and the gang returns to the past and sets out in a prehistoric adventure.
Looking back in anime history, the Doraemon stories exist in many different versions, manga, TV series, movies and computer games. It is based on Fujio F. Fujiko’s popular Sci-Fi comedy manga. Doraemon is a cat-like robot, who came from the future world to help a boy named Nobita Nobi, a grade schooler and born loser. The original manga version (1969-1996) is one of nationally-popular manga works in Japan, as well as in many other Asian countries.
The main content of the majority of Doraemon episodes is described as:
comedies with moral lessons regarding values such as integrity, perseverance, courage, family and respect for elders. Several noteworthy environmental issues are often visited, including homeless animals, endangered species, deforestation, and pollution. Topics such as dinosaurs, the flat Earth theory, wormhole traveling, Gulliver’s Travels, and the history of Japan are often covered.
This particular Doraemon version that is now screened in Shanghai, is directed by Ayumu Watanabe. For info about where and when this movie can be seen, click here. Also be sure to visit the official homepage (in Japanese, but with cute effects)
Check out what other movies are showing in Shanghai this coming week after the jump. Links lead to info about times and venues.
- Up: Carl Fredricksen, a 78-year-old, has always dreamed of visiting the South American wilderness. One day, he attaches his house to a super-cluster of hydrogen balloons and sets off his adventure with an 8-year-old boy. Brought to you by the creative team behind Toy Story, Finding Nemo and Cars. In Mandarin or English depending on the cinema.
- G.I. Joe: The Rise of the Cobra: The elite Global Integrated Joint Operating Entity (read: G.I. Joe) takes on Cobra, an evil organization led by a nefarious arms dealer. The film follows the rise of Cobra and the G.I. Joe, so those new to the series will have an easy time following along. In Mandarin or English depending on the cinema.
- Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen: Decepticon forces return to Earth on a mission to take Sam Witwicky prisoner, after the young hero learns the truth about the ancient origins of the Transformers.
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince: As Harry Potter begins his 6th year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, he discovers an old book marked mysteriously “This book is the property of the Half-Blood Prince” and begins to learn more about Lord Voldemort’s dark past.
- Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs: When Sid’s attempt to adopt three dinosaur eggs gets him abducted by their real mother to an underground lost world, his friends attempt to rescue him.
Chinese language movies:
- Laughing Gor: Fans of Hong Kong action flicks rejoin your favorite double agent in TVB’s latest film production. Michael Tse resumes his character as Laughing, the spy who works with both police and HK’s biggest gangster (Anthony Wong). When Laughing finds himself in love with Karen (Fala Chen), the sister of his arch-rival, things get complicated. In Mandarin or Cantonese depending on the cinema.
- Sophies Revenge: This rom-com, directed by ambitious U.S.-educated director Jin Yimeng, marks Zhang Ziyi’s debut as a producer. The movie follows Sophie (Zhang Ziyi) and Jeff (Jisub So) as an engaged couple that rides an emotional rollercoaster right before the wedding. Mandarin only
- Tracing Shadow: A martial arts adventure set at the end of the Ming Dynasty. The country is in turmoil and the Manchurians are poised to advance upon Beijing. Kung-fu masters, royal guards and local bandits are fighting ruthlessly for a mysterious treasure map hidden inside the Ming palace.
- Cyborg Girl: On his 20th birthday, the unsociable Jiro Kitamura bumped into a lovely girl and they spent a memorable night together. But the mysterious female disappears the next morning and never comes back. A year later, Jiro meets the girl again and realizes she’s a cyborg from the future. The two begin living together and Jiro finds himself falling hopelessly for this emotionless superbot. Mandarin only.
- On His Majesty’s Secret Service (Dai noi muk taam 009): The Emperor appoints 12 secret royal guards in accordance with the Chinese zodiac. Among the best guards are Zero Tiger and Zero Pig. However, only Zero Dog is not interested in learning martial arts but prefers to spend more time on science and technology. One day the chief eunuch, Cao Yan Chui plans to overthrow the Emperor by killing a minister and want to have one of his godsons to marry the Emperor´s daughter. Together Ngor Nam, Zero Dog and Hei Mong decide to stop Yan Chui. Can they save the Emperor´s life and bring Yan Chui to justice?
- The Magic Aster (马兰花): A nostalgic story and an all-star cast are the attractions of the Chinese animation film “The Magic Aster.” The fantasy film, about a magic aster flower which helps the kind-hearted protagonist, is adapted from a popular 1950s stage play of the same name.
- McDull Kung Fu (麦兜武当）: This Hong Kong cartoon film tells the story about Mai Dou, a little piglet who leaves Hong Kong and go to Wudang Mountain to learn martial arts.
- Overheard (且听枫韵): The film stars Lau Ching-Wan, Louis Koo and Daniel Wu as a trio of police officers conducting surveillance on a listed company.
- One night in supermarket (夜店): A one-thing-leads-to-another comedy of misadventure entirely set in the pic’s title location. It’s the wee hours at Wang Wang Supermarket, where nerdy stockroom boy Li Junwei is on duty with – and only has eyes for – Tang Xiaolian. But the quiet soon lapses into chaos when balding, pop-eyed He Sanshui comes in with two doofus heavies and demands to speak to the mart’s boss lady, Wang Sufen.