In 2010, Los Angeles-based filmmaker Sam Koji Hale released an award-winning and critically acclaimed short film called Yamasong that featured Japanese-style puppetry set to the pulsating rhythm of the contemporary taiko group On Ensemble. Now, five years later, Hale has returned to the world of Nani and her tortoise compatriot Shojun in the full-length feature Yamasong: March of the Hollows. Only this time, he’s backed by an all-star voice cast and the scions of two legendary puppeteering families: Heather Henson and Toby Froud.

The plot synopsis is as follows:

The adventures of the Patchwork Girl and the Terrapin Warrior continue in Yamasong: March of the Hollows. Nani and Shojun must team up with a host of new friends and creatures to stop the world of Yamasong from the tyranny of mechanization.

Yamasong-posterYamasong: March of the Hollows is still in post-production, but is due in theaters next year. The film is written and directed by Sam Koji Hale and stars the voices of Nathan Fillion (Firefly), Abigail Breslin (Maggie), Whoopi Goldberg (Star Trek: The Next Generation), Freida Pinto (Slumdog Millionaire), Peter Weller (Robocop), Malcolm McDowell (A Clockwork Orange), George Takei (Star Trek), Ed Asner (Up), and Bruce Davison (X-Men).

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