Anime has definitely made its presence known in the mainstream in recent years but many of us remember a time where access to anime was limited to buying a VHS tape at Suncoast Video or catching episodes on TV at just the right time. So when there are events like the red carpet premiere of The Journey, which was held at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, it makes all of us thrilled to live in a time where anime gets the respect it deserves.
The Journey is a new anime film and the first Japanese-Saudi anime co-production. The film is an action fantasy directed by Kōbun Shizuno, written by Atsuhiro Tomioka and co-produced by Toei Animation and Manga Productions. It was released in Japan in 2021 and had its US red carpet premiere on April 12th which was attended by eager anime fans who were not only thrilled to attend an in-person premiere again, but also to experience the grandeur of a Hollywood premiere for an anime film.
We spoke with Sy Huq, the US regional producer, about this cross-cultural endeavor and how it feels to be at the premiere:
We also talked with Jim Krueger, the co-writer of the English script, about what it was like working on the film and what it means to him being at the premiere:
Watch the rest of our interviews from the red carpet here.
— Kari Lane