Pair one of Japan’s most insane franchises with one of Japan’s most insane directors, and what do you get? We’re not sure yet, but it looks like it’s going to be crazy. As a result, the live-action JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure film is taking a trip overseas. Before it premieres in Japan, it’ll be stopping in at two of the world’s most prestigious genre film festivals.
Director Takashi Miike (Ichi the Killer, Ace Attorney, and many others) will be accompanying the film to its first stop, the 17th annual Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival. The Swiss film festival will be showing the film on July 2, making this presentation its world premiere! Miike will be a guest of honor at NIFFF this year, too — eleven of his films have been shown at the festival previously.
Then, the movie will be hopping the Atlantic to be screened at Montreal’s 21st Fantasia International Film Festival. Genre big-hitters like Edgar Wright and James Gunn have spoken highly of Fantasia, and more than 100,000 viewers gathered to watch their offerings last year. In this case, JoJo will be entered into competition with other films at the festival. Could the Joestar family walk away with a prize? We’ll know later this summer — the festival runs from July 13 to August 2.
And, of course, JoJo returns home on August 4 for his Japanese premiere.
The original manga series is so high-selling, and the anime so prolific, it’s no wonder the world is excited for this new version of the story. And with the weird and wonderful Miike behind it, it promises to be memorable. There’s still more than a month to wait until the first audiences see it on the big screen, but that’s not much longer… hopefully we’ll be hearing positive reviews once it’s out!
How do you think JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure will fare at the festivals? Are you planning to go to one for an early viewing? Let us know in the comments!