Local animation film Mechamato Movie hits Japanese silver screens

15 Jan 2024 04:46pm
Mechamato Movie Premiere in Japan. - Photo: Mechamato Instagram account
Mechamato Movie Premiere in Japan. - Photo: Mechamato Instagram account

KUALA LUMPUR - The nation's number one animated film, Mechamato Movie, has made history as the first local animated film to break into the Japanese market and will begin screening in over 30 cinemas starting Jan 19.

The film, a Monsta and Astro Shaw production, garnered RM36 million during its 2022 release.

In a statement today, Monsta chief executive officer, Nizam Abd Razak said that a premiere screening was held at a cinema in Tokyo yesterday, attended by voice over actors, media, Japanese fans, and Monsta's strategic partners.

He said the audience's reaction was very positive, and animation enthusiasts praised the quality of Mechamato Movie.

"We received many pleasing reactions from the audience at the Japanese Premiere. They did not expect Malaysia to produce an internationally acclaimed animation film with a storyline that could 'glue' their children to their seats for 116 minutes.

"We plan to bring the Japanese-dubbed version to Malaysia because we believe Mechamato fans wouldn't want to miss the opportunity to watch this version," he said during the Mechamato Movie Premiere at AEON Chofu, Tokyo, yesterday.

According to Nizam, Monsta received advice and assistance from strategic partners in Japan to secure famous 'seiyuu' (voice actors) for Mechamato Movie, featuring renowned voice actors such as Ayumu Murase as Amato, Yoshitsugu Matsuoka as MechaBot, and Kenjiro Tsuda as General Grakakus.

"We found that the marketing style in Japan is very different. Their voice actors have a fan base and unique appeal. We hope this effort will attract the interest of the Japanese audience to watch this Malaysian pride film and share their experiences," he said.

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