|Mai the Psychic Girl|
|Directed by||Paul W.S. Anderson|
|Produced by||Elie Samaha|
|Written by|| David S. Goyer (screenplay) |
Kazuya Kudou (story)
|Starring|| Emma Watson |
Sir Ian McKellen
|Music by||Jerry Goldsmith|
|Editing by||William Goldenberg|
|Distributed by|| Carolco Pictures (theatrical)|
Viz Media (home video 2005-2009)
Warner Home Video (home video 2009-)
|Release date(s)|| Japan:|
October 16, 2004
October 22, 2004
|Running time||300 min.|
Mai the Psychic Girl is a 2004 science fiction film directed by Paul W.S. Anderson and starring Emma Watson as Mai Kuju. It is notable as the final film ever to be produced by Franchise Pictures, because two months before the release, the company went bankrupt as a result of a lawsuit concerning the budget for Battlefield Earth.
- The song playing during the end credits is the Guns N Roses cover of The Beginning is the End is the Beginning, which is featured as track 1 on the soundtrack.
- Emma Watson encouraged Paul W.S. Anderson to direct the film when Carolco Pictures was reborn as a division of C2 Pictures. Starting then, the film was a joint effort between Carolco Pictures and Franchise Pictures.
- Emma Watson did all her own stuntwork.
- When Viz Media entered their distribution agreement with Warner Home Video in 2009, Warner planned the film's BluRay premiere, which took place on May 5.
- Emma Watson was the first person to be cast.
- The song playing in the trailer is So Long by Everlast.
- One of the last films to be scored by Jerry Goldsmith, who died that year.
See also: Mai the Psychic Girl home video releases
The film premiered at the Tokyodome on August 19, 2004, the day that Franchise Pictures went bankrupt. The nationwide Japanese premiere was October 16, while the U.S. premiere was October 22. The film is rated R "for strong sci-fi violence and language". The film was distributed in theaters by Carolco Pictures, and the current home video rights are held by Warner Home Video, since Viz Media had held the home video rights from its first home video release in February 2005. On all home video releases, the Carolco logo is left intact.