New reimagined animated feature and spinoff of the live-action movie ‘Bright’ is directed by Kyohei Ishiguro, who fused the characteristics of Japanese woodblock print art with 3DCG technology; movie streams October 12 on Netflix.
Netflix has just dropped a trailer, key art and cast announcement for its upcoming animated film, Bright: Samurai Soul. A spinoff to the live-action film Bright, the story is a retelling of the original in a new setting, era, and with new characters. Director Kyohei Ishiguro crafted this feature to blend the culture of Japan with the world of Bright. The new animation style fuses the characteristics of Japanese woodblock print art with 3DCG technology. The film is set to hit the streamer on October 12.
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The English dub casts features Simu Liu as Izou, a one-eyed wandering samurai and the protagonist of this movie. Fred Mancuso voices the orc Raiden, who in the story, attempts to redeem himself from a life of thievery. The young elf girl Sonya is voiced by Yuzu Harada. The Japanese cast includes Yuki Nomura, Diasuke Hirakawa, and Shion Wakayama.
In the time between the fall of the Shogunate and the rise of the Meiji era, a powerful bright light emitted from a wand brings an end to the long Shogunate period, avoiding further bloodshed as Japan shifts toward a new era. Amid these circumstances, a one-eyed wandering ronin named Izou, who has lost his reason to live, and Raiden, an orc who detests murder and hopes to leave a life of thievery behind, separately meet a young elf girl named Sonya. Together, they go on a journey along the Tokaido road to bring her and the wand she holds safely to the land of the elves in the north. Standing in their path is the mysterious organization Inferni, which aims to obtain the wand and revive the Dark Lord, who intends to rule all of creation. Inferni also uses the new Meiji government in its attempt to steal the wand from Izou, Raiden and Sonya. Traveling along the Tokaido road from Kyoto to Yokohama, Izou and Raiden begin their journey to protect the wand.
The film is directed by Ishiguro, written by Michiko Yokote with character design by Atsushi Yamagata. The animation is produced by ARECT.