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Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance

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Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance

(Evangerion Shin Gekijoban: Ha)
Sponsored by: Legends

Montreal Premiere

  • Japan 2009
  • 108 min
  • 35mm
  • Japanese with English subtitles
WINNER: First Place, Animation category, Lyon Asian Film Festival 2009


Sci-Fi / FantasyAnimation

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“Moves at a fast, almost breathless, clip... both more terrifying and more uplifting than its predecessor” — Fernando Ramos, ANIME 3000


Director: Hideaki Anno, Masayuki, Kazuya Tsurumaki
Screenplay: Hideaki Anno
Cast: Megumi Ogata, Megumi Hayashibara, Yuko Miyamura, Maaya Sakamoto
Producers: Toshimichi Otsuki, Hideaki Anno
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NERV’s arctic Bethany base is under attack by the Third Angel, and a new EVA pilot, the irrepressibly enthusiastic Mari, is dispatched to destroy it in EVA Provisional Unit 05. She succeeds by self-destructing the EVA, escaping to safety with seconds to spare. Elsewhere, a quieter moment is occuring—Shinji and his father Gendo, the emotionally distant director of NERV, are visiting the grave of Yui, Gendo’s departed wife and mother of Shinji. The tranquility doesn’t last. The Seventh Angel is attacking, and its destruction is the duty—and pleasure—of the brash, narcissistic pilot Asuka. Her arrogant attitude gets a splash of cold water when Misato, who has her own share of hang-ups, orders her to cohabitate with the shy, humble Shinji. Personal tensions, sneaking suspicions, painful histories and pangs of romantic interest crackle among the personnel and teenaged pilots of NERV, a counterpoint to the global politics, technological intrigue and of course shocking and spectacular battles that define human resistance against the fearsome and enigmatic Angels.

Kicking in where last year’s Fantasia presentation EVANGELION: 1.0 YOU ARE (NOT) ALONE left off, the second installment of the four-part REBUILD OF EVANGELION feature-film series continues the revision of Hideaki Anno’s popular and intensely controversial anime television series of the 1990s. Anno’s NEON GENESIS EVANGELION was already a heady and challenging work, loaded with moral and psychological complexity, arcane religious references and exhaustive, intricate technological ideas. Revisiting the arc of the story anew a decade later, Anno has refined, polished and amplified the adventures of Shinji, a young pilot of the powerful cyborg EVA weapon-suits, and his colleagues at NERV, augmenting the anime’s technical quality—the mecha sequences are impressive and the battles breathtaking, as are the displays of futuristic urbanism—and fine-tuning the tragicomic web of personalities at the heart of the EVANGELION mythos. Essential viewing for discerning anime fans!

—Rupert Bottenberg

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