Manga Entertainment has provided Spinoff Online with an exclusive clip from Redline, the acclaimed high-octane racing anime from Madhouse, the studio behind Paprika, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Marvel Anime and Supernatural: The Animation.
The long-in-development film, which marks the feature directorial debut of The Animatrix and Samurai Champloo animator Takeshi Koike, is set in the distant future, where daredevil driver JP risks life and limb for a shot at winning the titular Redline, the biggest and deadliest race in the universe. Think of it as an intergalactic Speed Racer.
Redline made the festival circuit beginning in 2009, winning the Audience Official Selection Award for Animation at Fantasia and the Outstanding Achievement in Feature Filmmaking–Animation Award at the Newport Beach Film Festival, before opening in Japan in October 2010. The movie will receive limited release in Los Angeles beginning Friday and in New York City on Jan. 6 before arriving on Blu-ray and DVD on Jan 17.
Check out our exclusive clip, featuring JP and Sonoshee, below, along with the Redline theatrical poster and stills.
REDLINE is about the biggest and most deadly racing tournament in the universe. Only held once every five years, everyone wants to stake their claim to fame, including JP, a reckless dare-devil driver oblivious to speed limits with his ultra-customized car — all the while, organized crime and militaristic governments want to leverage the race to their own ends. Amongst the other elite rival drivers in the tournament, JP falls for the alluring Sonoshee — but will she prove his undoing, or can a high speed romance survive a mass destruction race?