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Osamu Tezuka’s Buddha Anime Film Trilogy Greenlit

Osamu Tezuka's Buddha Anime Film Trilogy Greenlit

At the recent press conference for the musical adaptation of the Buddha manga, which was held in Tokyo last January 25th, Tezuka Productions president Takayuki Matsutatni announced that they will be starting production of the second part of Osamu Tezuka’s Buddha anime film trilogy this year.

The Buddha anime film trilogy is based on Osamu Tezuka’s same-titled anga, which was published in Japan from 1972 to 1983, and is widely considered as one of the best representatives of his body of work internationally.

The first film, Buddha: The Great Departure, was directed by Kozo Morishita (Saint Seiya) and was released in Japan last May 28th, 2011. The 1 billion yen (about US$11 million) budget film was not so successful at the box-office and received mixed reviews, so fans were initially worried that the film will not receive any sequel treatments.

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