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First Squad: The Moment of Truth
Kana ファースト・スクワッド
Directed by Yoshiharu Ashino[1]
Produced by Aljosha Klimov
Misha Sprits
Written by Aljosha Klimov
Misha Sprits
Starring Elena Chebaturkina
Music by DJ Krush
Cinematography Kumiko Sakamoto
João Da Costa Pinto
Sergey Akimov
Editing by Kumiko Sakamoto
João Da Costa Pinto
Sergey Akimov
Studio Studio 4°C
Molot Entertainment Film Company
Distributed by Molot Entertainment Film Company
Running time 73 minutes
Country  Japan
 Russia
 Canada
Language Russian
German

First Squad (Japanese: ファーストスクワッド Fāsuto sukuwaddo, Russian: Пе́рвый отря́д, Perviy otryad) is a joint animation project of Japan's Studio 4°C and Russian authors with Molot Entertainment. It won the Kommersant newspaper's prize.[2]

Set during the opening days of World War II on the Eastern Front. Its main cast are a group of Soviet teenagers with extraordinary abilities; the teenagers have been drafted to form a special unit to fight the invading German army. They are opposed by a Schutzstaffel (SS) officer who is attempting to raise from the dead a supernatural army of crusaders from the 12th-century Order of the Sacred Cross and enlist them in the Nazi cause. Pretty soon all the teenagers die, except for the protagonist Nadia. She is taken to a secret Soviet lab that studies supernatural phenomena, especially contacts with the dead. Nadia's task is to dive into the world of the dead for reconnaissance. There, in the Gloomy Valley, she meets her dead friends and tries to persuade them to continue fighting.

The animation is interspersed with mockumentary "present day" sequences, where Soviet and German war veterans, a historian and a psychologist comment real historical events and the events of the plot as if they were historical.

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Ligalize's video clip

On the eve of May 9, 2005 a video clip was released, based on the track "Наша с тобой победа" ("Our victory") by Russian rap artist Ligalize. The clip was directed by Daisuke Nakayama, produced by Michael Spritz and Alexey Klimov and depicted an epic fight between soviet pioneers and Nazi soldiers, with the German side in possession of mecha and various supernatural soldiers. Among featured locations are famous Palace of Soviets and Mayakovskaya metro station, Moscow.

Motion picture

In 2007 it was announced that motion picture titled First Squad - The Moment Of Truth[3] was in the works. Film is produced by Studio 4°C and recently created for this purpose studio Molot Entertainment, distributed by Amedia. Directed by Studio 4°C director and animator Yoshiharu Asino, cowritten and produced by Michael Spritz, Alexey Klimov, with Eiko Tanaka, featuring character development by Hirofumi Nakata, and music by Japanese musician DJ Krush. The film has been shown at Cannes Film Festival,[4] and Locarno Film Festival.[5]

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