Mazinger Z: Infinity Film Gets Fan Screening in Malaysia on March 17

Odex announced last week that the Mazinger Z: Infinity film will get a fan screening in Malaysia on March 17 at 4:00 p.m. at the GSC Midvalley. Attendees of the fan screening will receive a T-shirt, three plastic folders, a metal movie ticket card, and an A2 size poster.

Malaysian cinema chain GSC Movies previously announced last week that the film's general screening will begin on March 22.

The film opened in Japan on January 13, and sold 54,000 tickets at 152 screens in its first two days to earn 87 million yen (about US$785,610) and rank #6 at the Japanese box office. The film has earned a cumulative total of 192,612,900 yen (about US$1.73 million).

Toei Animation describes the completely original story:

Humanity was once in danger of its downfall at the hands of the Underground Empire, which was led by the evil scientist Dr. Hell. Koji Kabuto piloted the super robot Mazinger Z, and with help from his friends at the Photon Power Laboratory, he thwarted Dr. Hell's evil ambitions and returned peace to the world. It's been ten years since then... No longer a pilot, Koji Kabuto has taken after his father and grandfather by starting down the path of the scientist. He encounters a gigantic structure buried deep beneath Mt. Fuji, along with a mysterious indication of life... New encounters, new threats, and a new fate await mankind. The former hero Koji Kabuto has a decision to make about the future: whether to be a god or a demon... This grand action film depicts the fierce battle fought by the people and Mazinger Z--once again entrusted with the future of mankind!

Junji Shimizu (One Piece: Episode of Chopper - The Miracle Winter Cherry Blossom, Precure All Stars New Stage: Mirai no Tomodachi) directed the film off a script by ume's Takahiro Ozawa (Tokyo Toybox, Steves). Takayuki Yanase (Ghost in the Shell Arise, Mobile Suit Gundam 00) drafted the mechanic designs, and Hiroya Iijima (Afro Samurai) designed the characters. Green's Makoto Ujiie (Gundam franchise, EUREKA SEVEN AO) handled the background art, and Yō Nakano served as assistant director.

Ichiro Mizuki returned to the franchise to perform the film's opening theme song, which is an updated version of his opening theme song for the original series. Mizuki has also performed theme songs for Mazinger Z tai Ankoku Daishōgun, Mazinger Z Vs. Devilman, Mazinger Z Vs. Dr. Hell, Great Mazinger, and Great Mazinger tai Getter Robo G - Kuuchuu Dai-Gekitotsu. Kouji Kikkawa performed the film's ending theme song "The Last Letter."

Toshiyuki Watanabe (Space Brothers, Ginga Hyōryū Vifam, The Irresponsible Captain Tylor, Ginga Kikōtai Majestic Prince) composed the film's music. Watanabe's father, composer Michiaki Watanabe, composed the music for Mazinger Z and its movies, and Great Mazinger and its movies.

The film commemorates the 45th anniversary of the original Mazinger Z manga and television anime series. Toei Animation produced the project, and Toei is distributing the film.