In a plan that was revealed during a 2009 lecture program and further detailed at Madhouse's Otakon 2010 panel, Tibetan Dog is a first-time collaboration between the celebrated anime studio and the Chinese government. The film will be in competition at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival, which takes place from June 6-11 in Annecy, France.
Directed by Masayuki Kojima (Monster, Piano Forest)—with character designs drawn by Monster mangaka Naoki Urasawa and adapted by Shigeru Fujita (Monster)—Tibetan Dog follows a young half-Chinese, half-Tibetan boy who leaves to join his father in the plains of Tibet after his mother passes. He crosses the path of a Tibetan Dog, and learns to deal with the struggle of his clashing cultures through its companionship. The story is based on a best-selling Chinese novel.
The film will highlight the natural beauty of Tibet, along with that of the Tibetan Dog. Madhouse founder Maruyama travelled Tibet for this project in an effort to accurately portray the culture.
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