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Library Wars: The Last Mission ("Toshokan Sanso: The Last Mission")

Canadian Premiere
  • Japan
  • 2015
  • 120 mins
  • DCP
  • Japanese
  • English (subtitles)

In the late 20th century, a movement began in Japan to safeguard society’s security by suppressing the documents that might encourage dangerous antisocial behaviour — books. By the early years of the new millennium, agents of the Media Betterment Committee aggressively rooted out and destroyed print literature in most of the country — but not everywhere. For a resistance has sprung up, one tough enough to fight the bookburners’ fire with return fire of their own. The Library Defense Force is at a stalemate with the MBC, the two foes locked in a cold war that can suddenly get very, very hot. At the same time, dedicated book defender Iku is still in a romantic stalemate with her gruff commanding officer, Dojo — can she breach the fortifications around his heart? True love may have to wait, because the Library Defense Force is about to face its greatest challenge — protecting the precious Handbook of Library Law, of which there is only one copy in existence!

In 2013, Fantasia proudly presented LIBRARY WARS, a thrilling speculative fantasy based on — of course — a book by Hiro Arikawa. Our screening was introduced by director Shinsuke Sato, helmer of the GANTZ films, PRINCESS BLADE, and I AM A HERO. Sato returns to the LIBRARY WARS world with this second film, and once again delivers all the tense paramilitary thrills, romantic tension, comical flourishes and powerful philosophical challenges that made the first one so rewarding. If you truly value reading, well… stop reading this and go get your ticket to LIBRARY WARS: THE LAST MISSION right now!

— Rupert Bottenberg

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