The trailer for Wes Anderson’s stop-motion film is here.
Megasaki, Japan, 20 years from now. Following an outbreak of dog flu, all canines have been banished to a radioactive heap of rubbish (otherwise known as Trash Island) by the evil Mayor Kobayashi. 12-year-old Atari sets off on a mission to Trash Island to find his bodyguard (Spots) and gains a crew of canine helpers in the process. All heroes and villains are thanks to the voices of the kind of cast only Wes Anderson could pull—Liv Schreiber, Edward Norton, Jeff Goldblum, Bryan Cranston, Scarlett Johansson, Ken Watanabe, and Tilda Swinton, just to name a few.
In an interview with Arte Cinema, Wes said, “The new film is really less influenced by stop-motion movies than it is by Akira Kurosawa.” The late Japanese filmmaker Kurosawa is best known for films like Ikiru, Seven Samurai, and Yojimbo, and whose contribution to Asian film was so extensive in his 57-year career, he was named ‘Asian of the century’ following his death from a stroke in 1998.
Isle of Dogs will be in theatres March 23, 2018.