DRAGON BALL Z: BATTLE OF GODS Set For IMAX Release In Japan
The latest Dragon Ball Z film, the first in 17 years will be released in IMAX in Japan on March 30th. This will be the first Japanese film to debut in IMAX. Read on for the official press release.
The film, unlike Dragon Ball GT, will be part of the official Dragon Ball canon, with creator Akira Toriyama supplying direction on the story. The film will be set between chapter 517 and 518 of the manga, often called 'The Lost Decade' due to the 10 year time-jump following the battle with Majin Boo.
LOS ANGELES, Feb. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- IMAX Corporation (NYSE: IMAX; TSX: IMX) and Toei Company Ltd. today announced that Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods will be digitally re-mastered into the immersive IMAX® format and released to IMAX® Digital theatres in Japan starting March 30. The film marks the first-ever Japanese movie to be released in IMAX® as well as the first movie installment in Akira Toriyama's iconic Dragon Ball franchise in 17 years.
Toriyama, highly influential in manga animation and known for his playful, influential storytelling and distinctive art style, has been involved with the development of the screenplay and the production for this latest feature. He has delivered a completely new original story that is focused on the period between the "Z" and "GT" Dragon Ball animated series – or, more specifically, between installments 517 and 518 of the Dragon Ball comic book series, filling the 10-year story lapse after Demon Boo is defeated.
"We're proud to be partnering with a pioneering manga creator like Akira Toriyoma to release the latest installment of this beloved franchise and our first Japanese film in IMAX," said Greg Foster, Chairman and President of IMAX Entertainment. "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®."
Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods will be digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience® with proprietary IMAX DMR® (Digital Re-mastering) technology for presentation in IMAX®. The crystal-clear images, coupled with IMAX's customized theatre geometry and powerful digital audio, create a unique immersive environment that will make audiences feel as if they are in the movie.
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SYNOPSIS: The events of Battle of Gods takes place several years after the battle with Majin Boo, which determined the fate of the entire universe. Wiss and Bills, the God of Destruction, are tasked with maintaining some sort of balance in the universe. After awakening from a long slumber, Bills is visited by Wiss and he learns that the galactic overlord Freeza has been defeated by a Super Saiyan from the North Quadrant of the universe named Goku, who is also a former student of the North Kaiō. Bills tracks down this warrior, Goku on Kaiō-sama's planet with his ally, the mysterious Wiss and challenges him to a battle. Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods explodes with dynamic action from there, featuring character such as Kuririn, Gohan, Piccolo, Vegeta, and more of the Z Warriors.
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