Alongside Kimura Takuya [SMAP] (37), and Tadanobu Asano (36).
Takeshi Koike was an animator on the 1995 animated film Memories, was involved in The Animatrix short Program, as well as directing one of my favorite Animatrix shorts… World Record, and worked as the lead animator on the film Taste of Tea (Cha no Aji).
Movie and CM director Ishii Katsuhito created the original story and explained why he picked those three actors in particular. “For this movie I wanted to get the actors I personally respect the most,” he said.
Aoi has been one of his favorite actress for many years as well. You could say that he is really looking forward to have his favorite actors lending their voices to the characters he created himself.
Great animation, and a story written by Katsuhito Ishii (who wrote and directed Taste of Tea) – AWESOME.
Synopsis: The toughest and the most destructive underground car race in the universe, REDLINE, has just begun! JP (Kimutaku) is a reckless driver oblivious to speed limits, and Sonoshee (Aoi), one of his competitors with whom JP is secretly in love with, is a hot girl determined to do whatever it takes to stand on the winner’s podium. In order to win the finals, they’re up against the craziest drivers with their heavily armed and awesome road-tearing vehicles. On top of that, during the race, they have to avoid military crackdown by the government because the race is actually prohibited in Roboworld. The only help JP wants is the engine obtained and custom tuned by his long time buddies, Frisbee (Asano) the mechanic and Mogura Oyaji the junk shop. While cars crash and burn into flames, the race course becomes a merciless hell and JP whips his ride into a dead heat. Who will survive to win in this mass-destruction race?!
all via Kawaii-Joyuu [except for clip].
That film is set for an October release.