Dine and Dash

The Tachiguishi-Retsuden shrine by Ms. Geek 

 

Page updated: 1/21/2007, 7am PDT

 

OSHII Mamoru, the anime auteur responsible for such classics as Patlabor, Ghost in the Shell,  and  Innocence: Ghost In The Shell II,  has set his sights on a different group of rogues and criminals in his new animated movie, Tachiguishi Retsuden, which will apparently be known in English as Dine and Dash.

Tachiguishi Retsuden literally means "The Legendary Masters of Eating While Standing."  

 

 

The movie's odd sense of history goes from the end of World War II to the present.  It follows the lives of a group of Japanese whose hobby in life is eating at noodle shops and food stands throughout Japan and not paying for their meals. The characters are portrayed by a group of people who have never acted before personally, but normally their pencils do their acting for them. The cast is basically made up of friends and colleagues of Oshii, who work in the Japanese animation industry in one way or another.

Using still cameras, Oshii-san took almost half a million photographs of the cast acting out the bizarre scenes in the movie. Then with both high-tech, computer aided means of animation and compositing and the decidedly low-tech methods of collage and stick puppets, Oshii-san turned the still photos into a surreal animated world that looks like a cross between Terry Gilliam's collage animated segments of Monty Python's Flying Circus and a fever dream. 

 Currently the title is unlicensed in the United States, Canada and Europe. However, the movie was released in Japan in April, 2006. Production IG's US division is in the process of finding a distributor for these areas. Tachiguishi-Retsuden was screened for the first time in North America at the Vancouver International Film Festival September 28th, 2006. So far there have not been any United States screenings of the film. Too bad, I'm jonesing to see it.

On September 22nd, Tachiguishi-Retsuden will be released on Region 2 NTSC DVD for Japanese consumption. A special edition and a regular edition will be released. It is unclear whether this DVD will have English subtitles. 

 Here are some  English-language websites  to peruse while we wait for a European and North American release:

 And if you understand Japanese, here is the official site:

However, regardless of your ability to read or understand Japanese, the trailer needs no translation to show you just how mindblowing this movie will be: