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“I hope people give it a chance. Because if people give it a chance they’ll like it,” says director David Bowers about his new animation, “Astro Boy” (titled “Atom” in domestic release), in a room at the Park Hyatt hotel in the Shinjuku area of Tokyo.

The movie is the first big-screen adaptation of the famous serialized manga penned by Japan’s “god of manga,” Osamu Tezuka, between 1952 and 1968, and it opened here in Japan last Saturday.

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