Discotek Media is digging into the past for a new film to bring out with the 1970 anime production of Cleopatra, which features a lot of nudity. The distributor announced at Otakon 2019 that they picked up the right to the film with plans for a 1080p production in its original Japanese language with English subtitles for a Blu-ray release. I had missed the update during their industry panel last month but they revealed the cover and packaging for it and affirmed plans for a 2020 debut that’s to be set. Amusingly, they’ve got some redrawn artwork here (which may be from the Japanese side, it wouldn’t surprise me) where the exposed breasts are covered up for US release. Nobody should be surprised by this but you can see the original design here.
Directed by Eiichi Yamamoto and Osamu Tezuka, it’s based on the screenplay by Shigemi Satoshi and features Kou Kojima’s character designs.
The Japanese cast includes Chinatsu Nakayama as Cleopatra, Hajime Hana as Caesar, Nachi Nozawa as Octavian, Osami Nabe as Antonius, Kazuko Imai as Calpania, Mineko Yoshimura as Lybia, Nobuo Tsukamoto as Ionius, Susumu Abe as Cabagonis, Tsubame Yanagiya as Rupa, and Yoshiro Kato as Chief Tarabahha.
Plot Concept: Three people from the future are spiritually sent back in time to relive the era of Caesar, Marc Anthony and Cleopatra. As close companions to these key historical figures, they seek to understand the nature of an enemy’s plan in their own time.