Additional “Battle of Gods” IMAX Tidbits
Published by 03 March 2013, 7:23 PM EST

The official website for the upcoming film, Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods, recently updated with an entire page dedicated to promoting the film’s debut in IMAX Digital theaters across Japan. The page includes quotes from Masahiro Hosoda (the film’s director) and Greg Foster (Chairman & President, IMAX Film Entertainment).

Hosada explains his excitement for the upcoming film’s debut as well as its extra “power” via the IMAX Digital presentation:

日本が世界に誇るアニメの金字塔「ドラゴンボール」が、原作者鳥山明先生の完全オリジナルストーリーで、17年ぶりに映画「ドラゴンボールZ  神と神」として復活、日本映画初のIMAX上映となりましたことを大変うれしく思います。最新映像効果を駆使した、最強の孫悟空と破壊神ビルスのパワー全 開バトルシーンを、よりパワフルで臨場感あふれるIMAX(R)デジタルシアターにて是非とも、体験していただきたいと思います。

I am extremely happy for Dragon Ball, a monumental animated work that is the pride of Japan the world over, to be revived with a completely original story by creator Akira Toriyama-sensei as Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods, the first movie in 17 years, and to become the first Japanese film to be shown in IMAX. By all means, I’d like you to experience the full-throttle power battle-scene between the mighty Son Goku and Birusu, God of Destruction, which makes use of the latest visual effects, at an IMAX Digital theater, with an even greater power and sense of immediacy.

Foster’s quote is the same as was included in the English-language press release, itself the same verbiage as was translated into Japanese for the first press release:

我々は、IMAXデジタルシアターで初の日本映画を上映するにあたり、漫画クリエーターのパイオニアでいらっしゃる鳥山明先生のような方とパートナーとな れたことを誇りに思います。テンポの速いアクションシーンや目を見張るようなビジュアルによって、我々は「ドラゴンボールZ 神と神」がIMAX体験に相応しいものとなることを確信しています。

We’re proud to be partnering with a pioneering manga creator like Akira Toriyama to release the latest installment of this beloved franchise and our first Japanese film in IMAX. With its fast-paced battle sequences and stunning visuals, we believe Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods is an ideal fit for The IMAX Experience®.

The film will debut in all 16 IMAX Digital theaters — specifically the IMAX Digital theaters, and not the standard IMAX versions — across Japan. While the film received government funding as part of a project to support the international endeavors of Japanese creators, and though the film was made “with a view toward international screenings“, there is still no word on any type of international release, IMAX or otherwise.

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