Dead Leaves

- Gold Special Jury Award Independent Experimental Films & Videos Computer Generated/Mixed Media Category / 38th WorldFest Houston 2005

Pandy and Retro, two unlikely renegades, awaken naked on Earth with no recollection of their past. After embarking on a devastating crime spree for food, clothing and transportation in downtown Tokyo, they are captured by authorities and sent to the infamous lunar prison called Dead Leaves.

After a brief incarceration, they discover that the prison is really a top-secret cloning facility, occupied by villainous prison guards and deformed genetic experiments. High-speed frantic action combined with hyper-violent and semi-humorous chase scenes follow as the two decide to break out of the prison with the aid of their fellow mutant inmates.

About Hiroyuki Imaishi
Born in 1971, Imaishi graduated from Tama Art University and joined studio Gainax in 1995. His first assignment was inbetween animator for the TV series Neon Genesis Evangelion. In 2000, he was storyboard artist and animation supervisor the video series FLCL. His directorial debut materialized in 2004 with Dead Leaves, a collaboration with studio Production I.G, followed in 2005 by Oval x Over, a promotional animation for the Bridgestone Indy Japan 300 Mile race. International success came with Gurren Lagann (TV series in 2007, movie in 2009). In 2011 he left Gainax to co-found studio Trigger, where he directed TV series Kill la Kill (2013), and the box office-hit feature film Promare (2019). An admirer of legendary animator Yoshinori Kanada, Imaishi is loved by his fans for his frantic animation combined with elaborate storyboarding and punchy direction.

Release in Japan: January 16, 2004
Format: 1 x 50'

© 2003 Imaitoonz/Production I.G/MANGA ENTERTAINMENT