Toei will release OSAMU TEZUKA’S BUDDHA 2 (BUDDHA 2 手塚治虫のブッダ～終わりなき旅～, BUDDHA 2 Tezuka Osamu no Budda ~ Owarinakitabi ~) nationwide in Japan on February 8, 2014. Produced by Toei Animation in association with Tezuka Productions, the film continues the life story of Siddhartha — later known as Buddha — begun in OSAMU TEZUKA’S BUDDHA -THE GREAT DEPATURE– (手塚治虫のブッダ -赤い砂漠よ！美しく-, Tezuka Osamu No Budda Akai Sabaku Yo! Utsukushiku, 2011). After Siddhartha witnesses the deaths of his friends, he struggles with the questions “Why must mankind suffer? Why we do live?”
BUDDHA 2 is directed by Toshiaki Komura, who made his debut with the television anime GENJI TSUUSHIN AGEDAMA (ゲンジ通信あげだま, Murasaki Shikibu Genji Monogatari) in 1991. After joining Toei products, Komura’s major works include YES! PRETTY CURE 5 (Yes！プリキュア5, Yes! Purikyua 5, 2007), DIGIMON FUSION BATTLE (デジモンクロスウォーズ, Dejimon Kurosu Woozu, 2010) and TORIKO (トリコ, 2011). Kozo Morishita, director of the first film, returns as executive producer. Reiko Yoshida, known for DRAGON BALL Z (ドラゴンボールゼット, Doragon Booru Zetto) and K-ON! MOVIE (映画 けいおん！, Eiga Keion!, 2011), wrote the screenplays for both Buddha movies.
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Did you find what you dreamed of, young Buddha?
India, 2500 years ago. Siddhartha, heir to the throne of the Shakya Kingdom, gives up his royal privilege to embark on a great quest… continuing on his endless journey accompanied by Assaji, a mysterious boy who can foretell the future, and Dhepa, a one-eyed trainee monk. He witnesses what has become of Migaila, the woman he once loved, and the horrid death of Assaji who even prophesied his own end. Siddhartha is tormented by the suffering and death that humankind cannot escape from.
Meanwhile, there is upheaval over the secrecy concerning the birth of the Prince Virudhaka of Kosala Kingdom. The outraged Kosalan prince with his subservient giant, Yatala, makes a move on Shakya, once Siddhartha’s home and the root cause of his anguish.
A man who gave up his country and a man determined to destroy it — Siddhartha and Prince Virudhaka. The world starts turning rapidly when their paths cross…!!
Prince Virudhaka and his henchman, Yatala, lead an assault on the Shakya Kingdom
Queen Maya: Sayuri Yoshinaga
Tatta: Kenichi Matsuyama
Prince Virudhaka: Yoko Maki
King Suddhodana: Kiyokazu Kanze
Siddhartha: Hidetaka Yoshioka
King Binbisara: Shinya Owada
King Pasenadi: Hiromasa Taguchi
Migaila: Nana Mizuki
Assaji: Miyuki Sawajiro
Depa: Keiji Fujiwara
Yatala: Ryuzaburo Ohtomo
Mother of Prince Virudhaka: Sumi Shimamoto
Princess Yashodara: Yumi Kakazu
Minister Bubu: Naomi Kusumi
Princess Pajapati: Kanako Tojo
Director: Toshiaki Komura
Screenplay: Reiko Yoshida
Original Comic: Osamu Tezuka
Executive Producer: Kozo Morishita
Producers: Riuko Tominaga, Bogdan Gyarmath
Character Designs: Hideaki Mashiba, Akihiro Asanuma
Animation Supervisor: Akihiro Asanuma
Art Director: Shinzo Yuki
Director of Photography: Masahiro Asanuma
Music: Michiru Oshima
Shakuhachi Performance: Dozan Fujiwara
Produced by: Osamu Tezuka’s BUDDHA 2 Production Committee
Production Company: Toei Animation Co., Ltd.
Produced in Association with: Tezuka Productions
Distributor: Toei Company, Ltd.
Sales Company: Toei Company, Ltd.
© Osamu Tezuka’s BUDDHA 2 Production Committee
Siddhartha travels with the one-eyed trainee monk, Depa, and Assaji, a boy who can foretell the future
Wolves encircle Assaji