) is a 2009 science fiction auto racing anime
film produced by Madhouse
and released in Japan on October 9, 2010. The directorial debut feature of Takeshi Koike
, it features the voices of Takuya Kimura
, Yū Aoi
and Tadanobu Asano
, and an original story by Katsuhito Ishii
, who also co-writes and sound directs
The film is set in the distant future, where a man known as JP takes on great risks for the chance of winning the titular underground race.
After a total of seven years in production, Redline
was intended to premiere at the 2009 Annecy International Animated Film Festival
and follow Summer Wars
, Mai Mai Miracle
and Yona Yona Penguin
as the fourth and final feature film Madhouse planned to release between summer 2009 and spring 2010. However, further delays saw its world premiere pushed back a few months to August 14, 2009, at the Locarno International Film Festival
and its Japanese release to fall 2010.
"Sweet JP" - rightfully named for his personality, retro style, and refusal to mount weapons on his racecar - nearly wins the "Yellowline" race against a host of semi-pro alien drivers, most of whom use oversized vehicles with jet engines ...