New Anime at the Egyptian

Aachi & Ssipak

Roughly a month from now, on Saturday March 31st, the American Cinematheque and The Japan Foundation are presenting a double bill of two new animated features at the Egyptian Theatre on Hollywood Blvd.

Aachi & Ssipak from Korea will screen at 11am. According to a synopsis found on koreanfilm.org the film is “about a futuristic world powered entirely by human feces. With the government anxious to control this sole, important source of energy, they install special sensors on its citizens’ anuses to monitor production, while controlling the populace by distributing addictive popsicles.” Sounds good to me. Watch the very cool first five minutes here. I can’t wait to see this on the big screen.

A reception with food and drink follows at 12:30pm and a second film, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, the new feature from the Japan’s Madhouse studio, will screen at 1:30pm.

After the second film will be a panel discussion with the filmmakers (the directors of both films are scheduled to attend) moderated by producer Ken Duer (The Animatrix). This entire event is FREE! You must RSVP at www.jflalc.org and pick up your tickets at the door on the day of the show.


  • http://gagaman.blogspot.com GagaMan

    Catsuka have a real player trailer (and more screen shots) of Aachi & Ssipak here:
    http://www.catsuka.com/focuson_anim.php?id=animation_from_korea&page=2
    Looks like fun to me!

  • someone

    “a futuristic world powered entirely by human feces. With the government anxious to control this sole, important source of energy, they install special sensors on its citizens’ anuses to monitor production, while controlling the populace by distributing addictive popsicles.

    Best premise for an animated feature EVER.

  • LNG

    And Ken Duer thought he was working on crap when he was at Warner Bros…

  • http://www.travisgentry.com Travis Gentry

    GagaMan said: “Catsuka have a real player trailer (and more screen shots) of Aachi & Ssipak here”

    Whoa, that’s some serious brain rot. Great sound and music though.

  • Anne

    Holy crap.

  • http://bellsouthpwp.net/l/a/lara6281/intro.html Inkan1969

    I have to confess that when I saw the “dookie-poo” post I ran away screaming. :-} Feces happened to be the one subject I’m just about totally revolted by, even if the story is made by talented people. Just my personality quirk, you might have a different subject that totally repulses you. But I feel differently about “Aachi and Ssipak”. I’m instead impressed by the plot, very inspired. After all, feces is an alternative fuel people really are looking at, because it’s renewable. But this movie has made some insights as to how that idea might work that didn’t occur to me. Very thought provoking.

  • http://dtoons-pro.com Alex Dudley

    Personally, I’m really looking forward to another Korean animated film, Kubby the Fox, which is also featured on that site GagaMan pointed out. Still, the Koreans are making some pretty kickass animated films.

  • Chris Sobieniak

    - Personally, I’m really looking forward to another Korean animated film, Kubby the Fox, which is also featured on that site GagaMan pointed out.

    I’ve heard of this film too, and find it to be an interesting plot (though one former Japanese YouTuber whom seemed rather racist over Koreans felt they were ripping off a Studio Ghibli-type premise for that). I otherwise hope to see this through.

    - Still, the Koreans are making some pretty kickass animated films.

    And nothing like the days of those copycat giant robot anime flicks! We’re really starting to see something great coming out of this, as long as they can keep up with their storytelling, I’ll continue to show interest! Wonder if we’ll get to that level where the networks and studios willl just import the Koeran works over instead of making up ones themselves to outsource there? That would be pretty sweet!

  • Daniel

    YES! I downloaded this movie a few months ago off of bit torrent. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. The content may put some off (a dystopian future where the main source of fuel is human poo), it doesn’t get over-the-top disgusting like what you would typically see on Adult Swim, but the animation is simply superb! Honestly, if you wanna see contemporary 2d feature DONE RIGHT, this is it. There’s a tiny spot of CG thrown in, but it’s done only to match the hand drawn artwork and doesn’t overshadow it.

    I’m sooo jealous that we will most likely never see any American-made 2d film of this quality ever again… or even one with non family friendly content.

  • El Kabong

    Aachi and Ssipak is definitely worth watching. Don’t expect character depth or revolutionary plot twists, but the story is quite solid anyway, even though it doesn’t go too far away from the premise. Expect sex and violence, instead. And some scenes are pretty well made, especially the action ones. Even the 2D and 3D mixed scenes won’t hurt your eyes.

    On the other hand, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time IS the best anime of 2006, a very fine piece of animation. It’s not visually stunning as Paprika or Tekkon Kinkurito, but its storytelling is first class and some of the backgrounds are just amazing. Another great work from the guys at Madhouse.

  • http://danieljwinclechter.blogspot.com Daniel J. Winclechter

    I’d love to catch these two on the big screen. If I’m reading right, registration opens next week, so I’ll have to keep checking back. Thanks for the tip, Jerry!

  • http://www.bigyellowhousesyahoo.com Joe Hamilton

    A reception with food and drink follows at 12:30pm
    WILL THERE BE POPSICLES ??? Or is that POOP-SICLES ???
    Sorry, I couldn’t resist.

  • http://stephansolarchive.blogspot.com Stephan

    I’ve seen a part on youtube were these aliens started fighting on motorcicles. I wonder if anyone has ever played Full Throttle ( Biker Ben ) but it looked EXACTLY like that game!!! Could it be a homage?
    If you don’t know what Full Throttle is see :

    http://youtube.com/watch?v=tzEWGaqdtcg