Time of EVE: The Movie Animezing

Presented by JICC, Embassy of Japan

Covering territory explored by "Blade Runner" and "I, Robot", "Time of EVE" is an exquisitely drawn, sci-fi allegory that probes questions of artificial intelligence and emotions, while flirting with the moral and personal implications of human-robot romance.

Two high school boys grapple with their own humanity in a world where people are serviced by androids distinguished from their masters only by the halo-like rings above their heads. Public mores, enforced by the shadowy Robot Ethics Committee, dictate that androids be treated like appliances, and those who empathize with their robots are branded as "android-holics."

Rikuo and his childhood pal Masaki find their assumptions about androids radically challenged when they come across Time of EVE, a cafe where androids and people are treated as equals. Liberated from the strictures of the Ethics Committee, Masaki and Rikuo must confront old wounds of betrayal and grief, and are faced with decisions that put their friendship and families on the line.

Winner of the Jury Recommended Work - Animation Division at the 14th Japan Media Arts Festival (2010).

About the Director

Yasuhiro Yoshiura captured the attention of the anime world with his groundbreaking solo OVA Pale Cocoon (2005), and has secured his spot as a visionary creator with his original series and feature film Time of Eve (2008-2010). Fans worldwide are captivated by the nuances of his artwork, and the depth and humor of his stories. Numerous awards and honors include best script at the Sapporo Short Film Festival (2006), invited work at the Tokyo International Film Festival (2006), selection for the Japan Media Arts Festival (2003, 2010), and Honorary Mention at Ars Electronica (2002). In the summer of 2014, Yoshiura’s latest film Patema Inverted (2013) was released theatrically in North America to great acclaim.

Please note this film contains some mild sexual content. Recommended ages: 12 and up.

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