LanguageRussian (in Russia)
Japanese (in Japan) Release dateMay 13, 2009 (2009-05-13) (Cannes)
October 15, 2009 (2009-10-15) (Russia) WriterAljosha Klimov (story), Misha Shprits (story), Aljosha Klimov (screenplay), Misha Shprits (screenplay), Alex Von David DirectorsYoshiharu Ashino, Aljoscha Klimov, Misha Shprits CharactersBaron Von Wolff, General Below, Karl-Heinz Benz CastСергей Айсман (Baron Von Wolff (voice)), Michael Beskorovainy (Hunchback (voice)), Елена Чебатуркина (Nadaya Ruslanova (voice)), Дамир Эльдаров (Marat (voice)), Olga Golovanova (Nadya's Mother / Twins (voice)), Александр Груздев (General Below (voice)) Similar moviesCloverfield, Blade, 28 Weeks Later, Casper, Silent Hill, Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones
anime first squad trailer
First Squad (Japanese: ファーストスクワッドFāsuto sukuwaddo, Russian: Пе́рвый отря́д, Perviy otryad) is a joint animation project of Japan's Studio 4°C and Russia's Molot Entertainment. It won the Kommersant newspaper's prize.
Set during the opening days of World War II on the Eastern Front (autumn and winter of 1941/1942). Its main cast are a group of Soviet teenagers with extraordinary abilities; the teenagers have been drafted to form a special unit to fight the invading German army. They are opposed by a Schutzstaffel (SS) officer who is attempting to raise from the dead a supernatural army of crusaders from the 12th-century Order of the Sacred Cross (i.e. the Teutonic Knights) and enlist them in the Nazi cause. Most of the teenage crew die, except for the protagonist Nadya. She is taken to a secret Soviet lab that studies supernatural phenomena, especially contacts with the dead. Nadya's task is to dive into the world of the dead for reconnaissance. There, in the Gloomy Valley, she meets her dead friends and persuades them to continue fighting.
Ligalize's video clip
On the eve of May 9, 2005, a video clip was released, based on the track "Наша с тобой победа" ("Our victory") by Russian rap artist Ligalize. The clip was directed by Daisuke Nakayama, produced by Aljosha Klimov and Misha Shprits and depicted an epic fight between Soviet Pioneers and Nazi soldiers, with the German side in possession of mecha and various supernatural soldiers. Among the featured locations are the Palace of Soviets and Mayakovskaya metro station, Moscow.
In 2007, it was announced that a motion picture titled First Squad: The Moment of Truth was in the works. Film is produced by Studio 4°C and recently created for this purpose studio Molot Entertainment, distributed by Amedia. Directed by Studio 4 °C director and animator Yoshiharu Ashino, cowritten and produced by Aljosha Klimov, Misha Shprits, with Eiko Tanaka, featuring character development by Hirofumi Nakata, and music by Japanese musician DJ Krush. The film has been shown at Cannes Film Festival, Locarno Film Festival, Fantasporto and Fantasia film festival. On June 8, 2010, Anchor Bay Entertainment announced that they will distribute the film in the United States through Manga Entertainment and L.A. based XYZ Films.