Comedy Fantasia Festival

Fantasia Festival Review: ‘Project Dreams: How to Build Mazinger Z’s Hangar’

August 31, 2020Ben MK

We all have our goals in life, some more ambitious than others — and, likewise, we all know how difficult it can sometimes be to achieve them. But what if your dream was to build a real-life version of something straight out of one of the anime genre's most iconic series?

That's exactly the premise behind Tsutomu Hanabusa's Project Dreams: How to Build Mazinger Z's Hangar, a quirky comedy that follows Maeda Corporation PR Team Manager Teruyuki Asagawa (Hiroaki Ogi) and his team — Watarau Doi (Mahiro Takasugi), Shunta Bessho (Yusuke Kamiji), Chisa Emoto (Yukino Kishii) and Hiroki Chikada (Chikara Honda) — as they set out to build a life-size version of the hangar from the '70s Japanese super robot manga series Mazinger Z. But with everything from budgetary constraints to external perceptions of the project working against them, is their joint obsession with the series and their determination not to let down their sponsor, Dr. Gennosuke Yumi himself, enough to propel them to success?

With no shortage of offbeat characters and offbeat humor, the result is film that anyone who has ever dared to dream big will be able to identify with. After all, none of us would be here if it weren't for those who aimed to accomplish that which others might have deemed impossible.

Project Dreams: How to Build Mazinger Z's Hangar makes its international premiere at the 2020 Fantasia International Film Festival. Its runtime is 1 hr. 55 min.

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