[TRAILERS] GKIDS to distribute new animated films ‘Belle’, ‘The Deer King’ and ‘Pompo the Cinephile’
GKIDS recently landed the rights to three new films, all from Japan: Beautiful, King of the deer, and Pompo the cinephile. Scheduled for release this year and early 2022, the upcoming films continue GKIDS ‘well-known reputation for distributing family and adult entertainment with a string of hit selections such as Oscar nominations. Wolf walkers, A cat in Paris, Breadwinner, and Mirai. The company is also in charge of the Studio Ghibli film library for North America.
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From famous Oscar nominated director Mamoru Hosoda and Studio Chizu, creator of Mirai, Wolf Children, Summer wars, and more, comes a fantastic, yet beautiful and contemporary themed story of how a girl grew up in the age of social media. Suzu is a 17-year-old high school student living in a rural village with her father. For years she was just a shadow of herself. One day, she enters “U”, a virtual world of 5 billion members on the Internet. There, it is no longer Suzu but Belle, a world-famous singer. She soon meets a mysterious creature. Together, they embark on a journey of adventure, challenge and love, in their quest to become who they really are.
From acclaimed director Mamoru Hosoda (The Boy and the Beast, Wolf Children, Summer Wars, The Girl Who Leaped In Time, Mirai) and Studio Chizu, Beautiful is an original story written by Hosoda with Yuichiro Saito, longtime collaborator and co-founder of Studio Chizu, as producer. Originally released in Japan in early summer, the film became a hit, becoming an official selection at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival and marking Hosoda’s second appearance at the event.
The film is also a international collaboration among a diversity of veteran talents. Character creator Jin Kim (Moana, Tangled, Frozen) designed the main character Belle; Tomm Moore and Ross Stewart (Wolf walkers, Song of the Sea, The Secret of Kells) from Cartoon Saloon has developed illustrations for virtual fantasy worlds; British architect and designer Eric Wong created the virtual world of “U” and composer Ludvig Forssell (Death Stranding, Metal Gear Solid V) helped mark the soundtrack.
Belle will make her North American debut this month at the New York Film Festival. Its theatrical release is slated for this winter, with GKID planning to show it in its original Japanese version as well as a dubbed version in English.
“I have been in love with Mamoru Hosoda since Girl who jumped in time, Summer wars and all films since. Hosoda is a master at exploring the relationship of humans to technology in a changing world. Beautiful develops the threads and themes of his previous works in an epic tour de force that is visually stunning, moving and deeply profound. We are excited to continue our relationship with Mamoru Hosoda and Studio Chizu, and look forward to sharing what will surely be their most popular success to date. “
King of the deer
In the years following a vicious war, the Empire of Zol now controls the land and citizens of its rival Aquafa – with the exception of the Fire Horse territory of Aquafa, where the wild dogs that once carried the deadly Black Wolf Fever continue to roam free. When a pack of dogs runs through a mine controlled by Zol, Van, a former enslaved soldier, and a young girl named Yuna are both bitten, but manage to escape as the only survivors of the attack. Free at last, Van and Yuna seek a simple and peaceful existence in the countryside. But as the deadly disease rages again, they find themselves at the crossroads of a struggle far greater than any nation.
Going through Variety, King of the deer was adapted from a series of novels of the same name by Nahoko Uehashi and directed by Studio Ghibli veterans Masashi Ando and Masayuki Miyaji. For Ando, this film marks his directorial debut, having previously worked under directors Satoshi Kon and Makoto Shinkai as character designer, animation director and key animator in Abducted as if by magic and Princess mononoke; he has also contributed to successful films like Paprika and your name. Miyaji has notably worked on Studio Ghibli films My neighbors the Yamadas and Abducted as if by magic. IG production, acclaimed for popular titles such as Haikyu !! and Ghost in the shell, produced the film with Toho as distributor.
Tthe deer king Originally slated to debut in Japan earlier this month, but was deferred indefinitely due to a recent increase in coronavirus cases. Cartoon infusion reports that despite the delay, the film has already been screened at the Annecy Animation Festival and the Fantasia International Film Festival, winning the Audience Bronze Award for Best Animated Film at the latter event. GKIDS plans to release the film in North America in early 2022.
Pompo the cinephile
Pompo is a talented and courageous producer from “Nyallywood”, the cinema capital of the world. Despite being known for B-movies, Pompo one day tells Gene, her fearful but fearful film assistant, that he will direct his next screenplay: a touchy drama about an aging and tormented creative genius, starring the legendary and brando-esque actor Martin Braddock, and a young actress seeking her first break. But when production heads into chaos, can Gene take on Pompo’s challenge and be successful as a director for the first time?
Pompo the cinephile is an indie anime directed by Takayuki Hirao (Alternative Futakoi, TV shows God Eater), from Clap, a new animation studio. The Japanese cast showcases the talents of Hiroya Shimizu, Konomi Kohara (Kaguya-sama: Love is war), Ai Kakuma (Fruit baskets), Aiko Otsuka (Boruto: The Next Generations Of Naruto) and Rinka Ōtani. Deadline reports the film, released in June this year, became a national hit in Japan, grossing around $ 1.8 million. GKIDS will release the film in US theaters in early 2022 with a subtitled version, called Eiga Daisuki Pompo-san, and a dubbed version in English.
“Pompo the cinephile is a very charming and original work. Both hilarious and serious, his contemplation of what it takes to pursue an artistic vision is an inspiration for this era. I look forward to sharing the experience with audiences in theaters early next year.
GKIDS President David Jesteadt