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DreamWorks goes Fishing

09/11/2004. Contributed by Jessica Martin

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DreamWorks has landed the domestic distribution rights to the Japanese science fiction film Casshern, which it will release under the banner of its specialty film division, Go Fish Pictures.

Casshern marked the feature film directorial debut of Japanese music video director Kazuaki Kiriya, who also wrote the original screenplay. The film opened to good reviews in Japan and became a cult hit.

A sci-fi thriller, Casshern blends Japanimation and manga-inspired live action resulting in a hybrid filmmaking that is visually stunning. The human cast propels the action against a backdrop of CGI, special effects, and a range of animation techniques, from CGI to simple stop-motion animation.

It is late in the 21st century. After 50 years of devastating war between Europa and the Eastern Federation, the latter has emerged victorious, and the new federation of Eurasia is formed. There can be no peace, however, as the planet has been ravaged by chemical, biological and nuclear weapons and the entire human race is dispirited and exhausted by half a century of war.

A geneticist named Azuma brings hope in the form of a neo-cell, which can rejuvenate human parts with no risk of rejection. But nature interferes with science to create a new kind of menace that forces the entire human race to fight an ultimate war against its own extinction.

Go Fish Pictures is a division of DreamWorks SKG, which was formed in October, 1994, by its three principal partners - Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen - to produce live-action motion pictures and other bits and bobs.

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