During this year’s Comic-Con International San Diego, the long-awaited anime film adaptation of Akira Toriyama’s SAND LAND manga had its world premiere screening. Exciting news followed as it was announced that the film will reach North American audiences in 2024.
However, specific details about the distribution company and the medium of release, whether theatrical, digital, or home video, remain undisclosed.
Fans in Canada can anticipate the Canadian premiere at Montreal’s 26th Fantasia International Film Festival, running from July 20 to August 9, providing them with an early opportunity to experience the film.
The film will star:
- Kazuhiro Yamaji as Rao
- Chō as Thief
- Satoshi Tsuruoka as General Are
- Mutsumi Tamura as Beelzebub
- Tomokazu Sugita as Swimmer’s Papa
- Akio Ōtsuka as Satan
- Masafumi Kobatake as Guppy
- Koji Yusa as Pike
- Hiroyuki Yoshino as Shark
- Nobuo Tobita as General Zau
- Chafurin as the King
In Japan, TOHO will release the film in theaters on August 18, offering viewers various viewing options, including IMAX, 4DX, and MX4D screenings, all commencing on the same day as the regular screenings.
Viz, known for publishing the manga in English, introduces the captivating story set in a distant future where war has ravaged Earth, leaving it a barren wasteland controlled by a tyrannical king who monopolizes the water supply.
Sheriff Rao embarks on a quest for a lost lake, seeking the help of the king of demons, resulting in an unexpected alliance with Beelzebub, the king’s son, and a resourceful assistant named Thief. Together, they brave the desert, facing formidable foes like dragons, bandits, and the formidable King’s army. Akira Toriyama, the brilliant mind behind Dragon Ball Z, crafts a tale of thrilling travel adventures and tank action in this captivating new story.
The film, skillfully directed by Toshihisa Yokoshima, showcases the collaborative efforts of Sunrise, Kamikaze Douga, and Anima, with Hiroshi Koujina as the direction adviser. Hayashi Mori contributed the screenplay, while the sounds were masterfully guided by Yoshikazu Iwanami, and Yūgo Kanno composed the enthralling music, adding depth to the cinematic experience.
Having originally been serialized in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine from May to August 2000, the Sand Land manga by Akira Toriyama has long delighted fans. And in addition to the anime film, gaming enthusiasts can anticipate an action role-playing game for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC via Steam, further immersing themselves in the captivating world of Sand Land.
Source | Sand Land world premiere screening at San Diego Comic Con (Egan Loo, Kalai Chik)