Film to play as part of 'Manga Impact' sidebar

The 62nd Locarno Film Festival has secured the international bow of hot Japanese anime pic “Musashi: The Dream of the Last Samurai,” for its Manga Impact sidebar celebrating Japanese toons.

“Musashi,” about real-life 16th century swordsman Miyamoto Musashi, is scripted by anime auteur Mamoru Oshii and helmed by his collaborator Mizuho Nishhkubo, whose credits include the anime sequence in Quentin Tarantino’s “Kill Bill Vol. 1.”

Pic, produced by Tokyo anime studio Production I.G., bows in Japan on Saturday. Locarno runs Aug. 5-15.

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