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Mitsuhisa Ishikawa guest at the Smithsonian Institution

April 6, 2007

Following the screening of Mamoru Oshii's movie Tachigui: The Amazing Lives of the Fast Food Grifters on April 14 at the Cherry Blossom Anime Marathon, the Smithsonian Institution-owned Frees Gallery of Art will welcome Mitsuhisa Ishikawa, President & CEO of Production I.G, as special guest in a panel discussion entitled Manga to Anime: From Astro Boy to Spirited Away, scheduled on April 21, 2007. Focusing on manga and anime, two of Japan's biggest cultural emissaries, and the effect these popcultural creations have on American markets and trends, the discussion will be hosting other leading experts and industry veterans in the field of anime and manga, such as Michael Uslan (Batman series producer and creative chief officer), Ryuhei Kitamura (director of Versus and Azumi), Kazuhiko Kato a.k.a. Monkey Punch (the acclaimed creator of Lupin III) and Lotus representative Hiroshi Koizumi.

Date: April 21, 2007 (Sat)
Time: 10:00 am
Place: Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery, 12th Street, SW, Washington, DC

For further information regarding schedule, ticketing and admission fees, please refer to the Smithsonian Institution official home page: