Japan Society in New York IS Holding the American Premiere of Tezuka’s Completed Legend of the Forest Film

The Japan Society in New York City is hosting the North American premiere of Osamu Tezuka’s completed Legend of the Forest anime on February 21, 2015. The world premiere of Osamu Tezuka’s Legend of the Forest: Part 2 took place at the Hiroshima International Animation Film Festival in August 2014.

Tezuka’s oldest son, Makoto Tezuka, finished the film 25 years after his father’s death. Osamu Tezuka was able to complete the first and fourth parts before his death, and his son completed the second part through the notes that his father left behind.

The first 30-minute short premiered in 1987. America’s Right Stuf International and Australia’s Madman Entertainment licensed Legend of the Forest in the past, and Right Stuf released the film on DVD in 2009 along with other Tezuka shorts.

Legend of the Forest was inspired by Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4, Op. 36, which in turn was created in honor of Walt Disney.

The Japan Society is also screening Tezuka’s “Jumping” and “Broken Down Film” shorts.

Source: ANN

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