The Barbican performing arts center in London will be hostingÂ a May 25 double billing of Summer Wars, the award-winningÂ film from Mamoru Hosoda (The Girl Who Leapt Through Time), and the Japanese/Korean animated spinoff video based on Electronics Arts’ Dante’s InfernoÂ game.
Summer Wars follows a modern-day family on a midsummer adventure in the real and virtual worlds. The film opened in Japan on August 1, 2009.
Dante’s Inferno: An Animated Epic is a six-part anthology that the Japanese studio Production I.G animated with other partners for Manga Entertainment’s parent company Starz Media and Visceral Games.
In addition, on June 15, the Barbican will screen the anime film adaptation of Yuji Iwahara’s King of Thorn science-fiction action manga. The Art of Osamu Tezuka: God of Manga author Helen McCarthy will be in attendance to introduce all three films.
On May 26, the Barbican will be screening five pre-WWII animated shorts and guest speaker Jasper Sharp will discuss these short films in context with the origins of anime.