The official website of Animation IS Film Festival announced that they will be screening Ramayana: The Legend of Prince Rama anime film in USA at TCL Chinese 6 theatres on Oct 23, 2022, at 9 p.m. PDT.
The bookings for the film is now open and tickets can be purchased on the official website.
In addition to this, One Piece Film Red and Summer Ghost anime films will also be screened at the Animation IS Film Festival 2022 on Oct 22, 2022.
ANIMATION IS FILM is a major animation festival produced by GKIDS in collaboration with Annecy International Animation Film Festival and Variety. The event takes place every October at the historic TCL Chinese 6 Theatres in Hollywood.
Ramayana: The Legend of Prince Rama is a 1993 animated film co-produced by Japan and India and produced and directed by Yugo Sako. It is based on the Indian epic the Ramayana.
The Embassy of India in Tokyo, Japan hosted the premiere for 4K remastered version on Feb 4, 2022, in collaboration with TEM Co., Ltd.
The movie premiere marked the 70th Anniversary of the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between India and Japan.
The specific 2022 edition of the original film is called the Anniversary Edition.
Main cast involved in the Original English version includes:
- Nikhil Kapoor – Rama
- Rael Padmasee – Sita
- Uday Mathan – Ravana
- Mishal Varma – Lakshmana
- Noel Godin – Hanuman
- Bulbul Mukherjee – Dasharatha
- Madhulika Varma – Kaikeyi
- Rahul Bose – Bharata
- Pearl Padamsee – Manthara
- Bhargava Krishna – Kumbhakarna
- Shagufta Jaffrey – Surpanakha
- Easo Vivin Mathew – Indrajit
- Denzil Smith – Sugreeva
- Cyrus Broacha – Angada
Staff involved includes:
Staff involved includes:
- Director: Yugo Sako, Kouichi Sasaki, Ram Mohan
- Music Director : Vanraj Bhatia
- Animation Director : Kazuyuki Kobayashi
- Director of Audiography : Masashi Aoki
- Art Director : Hajime Mtsuoka
- Coordinator : Prem Motwani
The original English version with Sanskrit songs was worked on by teams from both countries and was screened for the first time at 24th International Film Festival of India, New Delhi, Jan 10–20, 1993. The film was also shown at the 1993 Vancouver International Film Festival.
The Hindi dub version was released in the late 1990s. Arun Govil, who is popularly known for playing the role of Rama in Ramayan (1987 TV series) voiced Prince Rama in the version. This film was distributed as a work in the 40th Anniversary of the Establishment of the Diplomatic Relations between Japan and India.
Official website described the plot as:
In Ayodhya, the royal palace of Kosala kingdom in ancient India, four princes were born to three queens, each of whom grew to great stature. After being banished from the palace for fourteen years due to court intrigue, Prince Rama retreated to the forest with his beautiful wife Sita. Then, Rama, who had vanquished the demons of the forest, invites the wrath of the demon king Ravana, and his wife Sita is kidnapped. Rama goes to rescue Sita with the help of the monkey army. But while fighting the powerful Ravana army, his brother Lakshmana is seriously wounded. At this time, Hanuman, the general of the monkey army, flew to the Himalayas and carried a mountain of medicinal herbs that healed his wounds, saving his life. Eventually, Rama’s army defeated Ravana’s army using the “Heavenly Weapons” and returned to Ayodhya in triumph.
Source: AIF Official Website