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March 26, 2020

GKIDS ACQUIRES NORTH AMERICAN RIGHTS TO ANIMATED FEATURE “LUPIN THE 3RD: THE FIRST”

HIGHLY ANTICIPATED FILM MARKS FIRST TIME IN CGI
FOR STORIED ANIMATION FRANCHISE

GKIDS, the acclaimed producer and distributor of animation for adult and family audiences, announced that it has acquired the North American distribution rights for the animated feature LUPIN THE 3RD: THE FIRST, a new animated feature from director/screenwriter Takashi Yamazaki (STAND BY ME DORAEMON, DRAGON QUEST: YOUR STORY). The “LUPIN THE 3RD” franchise, from original creator Monkey Punch, began in 1967 and has spanned a variety of manga, TV, game, theme park ride, and musical adaptations, including The Castle of Cagliostro (1979), the feature film debut from the acclaimed director Hayao Miyazaki. GKIDS will release LUPIN THE 3RD: THE FIRST theatrically in 2020 in both Japanese and an all-new English language dub. The deal for North American rights was negotiated by GKIDS President David Jesteadt and Sam Maseba, Director of Licensing for TMS Entertainment.

“As someone who has been a fan of Lupin III since The Castle of Cagliostro, I was blown away by quality of animation and storytelling in LUPIN THE 3RD: THE FIRST,” said GKIDS President David Jesteadt. “Director Takashi Yamazaki has taken such incredible care and detail in creating Lupin’s first adventure in CG, and I am hopeful that audiences fall in love with the film as much as I have.”

Lupin III has been stealing hearts of audiences of all ages for over 50 years, and we’re proud to be able to present the latest evolution of the world’s greatest thief,” said TMS Entertainment, Vice President Masami Tokunaga. “We are truly excited to be collaborating with GKIDS to bring this amazing film to our fans in North America.”

SYNOPSIS

The iconic “gentleman thief” Lupin III returns in an action-packed, continent-spanning adventure, as Lupin III and his colorful underworld companions race to uncover the secrets of the mysterious Bresson Diary, before it falls into the hands of a dark cabal that will stop at nothing to resurrect the Third Reich. The gang undertakes trap-filled tombs, aerial escapades and daring prison escapes with the trademark wit and visual finesse that have made LUPIN THE 3RD one of the most storied animation franchises in the world, in a thrilling new caper that is sure to delight fans old and new.

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December 19, 2019

GKIDS ACQUIRES NORTH AMERICAN THEATRICAL AND HOME ENTERTAINMENT RIGHTS TO SATOSHI KON’S CLASSIC ANIMATED FEATURE “TOKYO GODFATHERS”

GKIDS ACQUIRES NORTH AMERICAN THEATRICAL AND HOME ENTERTAINMENT RIGHTS TO SATOSHI KON’S CLASSIC ANIMATED FEATURE

“TOKYO GODFATHERS”

FILM TO BE RE-RELEASED IN THEATERS NATIONWIDE IN 2020

FEATURING NEW 4K RESTORATION AND ENGLISH LANGUAGE VERSION

GKIDS, the acclaimed producer and distributor of animation for adult and family audiences, announced it has acquired North American theatrical and home entertainment distribution rights for the critically-acclaimed animated feature TOKYO GODFATHERS, by director Satoshi Kon (Perfect Blue, Paprika). GKIDS previously re-released a remastered version of Satoshi Kon’s groundbreaking psychological thriller Perfect Blue in 2018, and ASIFA-Hollywood recently announced that Kon would posthumously receive their Winsor McCay Award, the organization’s award for lifetime achievement in animation. GKIDS will release a new 4K restoration of Tokyo Godfathers early next year, in both the original Japanese language and a new English language dub.

“Satoshi Kon remains one of the animated medium’s most celebrated and visionary storytellers,” said GKIDS’ President David Jesteadt. “With the re-release of Tokyo Godfathers, a timely work of deep humanism and beauty, we are proud to play a part in sharing his legacy with audiences old and new.”

SYNOPSIS

In modern-day Tokyo, three homeless people’s lives are changed forever when they discover a baby girl at a garbage dump on Christmas Eve. As the New Year fast approaches, these three forgotten members of society band together to solve the mystery of the abandoned child and the fate of her parents. Along the way, encounters with seemingly unrelated events and people force them to confront their own haunted pasts, as they learn to face their future, together.

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July 2, 2019

GKIDS ACQUIRES NORTH AMERICAN RIGHTS TO “RIDE YOUR WAVE”

GKIDS ACQUIRES NORTH AMERICAN RIGHTS TO

“RIDE YOUR WAVE”

FROM ACCLAIMED DIRECTOR MASAAKI YUASA

 

GKIDS, the acclaimed producer and distributor of animation for adult and family audiences, announced it has acquired the North American distribution rights for the animated feature RIDE YOUR WAVE, which recently premiered at the Annecy film festival in competition. The film will receive a theatrical release early next year.

RIDE YOUR WAVE marks GKIDS’ fourth title from visionary director Masaaki Yuasa, following local releases of Lu Over the Wall, The Night is Short, Walk On Girl, and Mind Game. RIDE YOUR WAVE tells the complicated love story of a surfer named Hinako and a firefighter named Minato. Their bond is tested after Minato tragically loses his life in a rescue attempt, only to reappear from the water to Hinako whenever she sings their favorite song. GKIDS’ President David Jesteadt and Fuji Creative Corp’s Yoshiko Nakayama negotiated the all-rights deal.

“We are huge fans of Masaaki Yuasa, and are always excited to see what he will do next,” said GKIDS’ President David Jesteadt. “We were charmed and moved by his characteristically unique and uplifting take on a romantic story, including a music hook that you won’t be able to get out of your head.”

SYNOPSIS

From visionary director Masaaki Yuasa (The Night is Short, Walk on Girl, Devilman Crybaby) comes a deeply emotional new film that applies his trademark visual ingenuity to a tale of romance, grief and self-discovery.

Hinako is a surf-loving college student who has just moved to a small seaside town. When a sudden fire breaks out at her apartment building, she is rescued by Minato, a handsome firefighter, and the two soon fall in love. Just as they become inseparable, Minato loses his life in an accident at sea. Hinako is so distraught that she can no longer even look at the ocean, but one day she sings a song that reminds her of their time together, and Minato appears in the water. From then on, she can summon him in any watery surface as soon as she sings their song, but can the two really remain together forever? And what is the real reason for Minato’s sudden reappearance?

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June 13, 2019

GKIDS ACQUIRES NORTH AMERICAN RIGHTS TO “PROMARE”

GKIDS ACQUIRES NORTH AMERICAN RIGHTS TO

“PROMARE”

THE FIRST FEATURE FILM FROM THE ACCLAIMED STUDIO TRIGGER

GKIDS, the acclaimed producer and distributor of animation for adult and family audiences, announced it has acquired the North American distribution rights for the animated feature PROMARE. GKIDS will release the film theatrically in both Japanese and an all new English language version in 2019. This marks the first feature film from Studio TRIGGER, founded by former studio Gainax animator and director Hiroyuki Imaishi, whose credits include the award-winning TV series GURREN LAGANN and critically acclaimed KILL la KILL. The film’s rights are being sold worldwide by Toho and the all-rights deal for North America was negotiated by GKIDS’ CEO and Founder Eric Beckman and Akihiro Takeda for Toho.

GKIDS and Fathom Events continue their collaboration to bring exciting all new animated features to U.S. cinemas, presenting the PROMARE special premiere event to U.S. cinemas nationwide on September 17 and 19. GKIDS will be releasing PROMARE theatrically starting September 20.

“Studio TRIGGER has proved to be the ultimate risk-takers, pushing the limits of visual storytelling time and time again,” said GKIDS President David Jesteadt. “GKIDS is thrilled to bring their feature film debut to North American audiences.”

 

ABOUT PROMARE

The first feature-length film from the acclaimed Studio TRIGGER, creators of the hit series KILL la KILL and Little Witch Academia, and director Hiroyuki Imaishi (GURREN LAGANN, KILL la KILL), Promare uses a bold cel-shaded visual style to tell a blistering action-adventure story, and is the spiritual successor to many of director Imaishi’s former works.

Thirty years has passed since the appearance of Burnish, a race of flame-wielding mutant beings, who destroyed half of the world with fire. When a new group of aggressive mutants calling themselves “Mad Burnish” appears, the epic battle between Galo Thymos, a new member of the anti-Burnish rescue team “Burning Rescue,” and Lio Fotia, the leader of “Mad Burnish” begins.

PromareMovie.com

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June 11, 2019

GKIDS ACQUIRES NORTH AMERICAN RIGHTS TO “MARONA’S FANTASTIC TALE”

GKIDS ACQUIRES NORTH AMERICAN RIGHTS TO

“MARONA’S FANTASTIC TALE”

OFFICIAL SELECTION IN COMPETITION FOR ANNECY

GKIDS, the acclaimed producer and distributor of animation for adult and family audiences, announced it has acquired North American distribution rights for the animated feature MARONA’S FANTASTIC TALE, the new film from director Anca Damian, whose earlier film Crulic: The Path to Beyond, won Annecy’s Cristal Prize for Best Feature in 2012. MARONA’S FANTASTIC TALE premieres in competition at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival today. The North American all-rights deal was negotiated by GKIDS’ CEO Eric Beckman and Carole Baraton for Charades. Rights are being sold worldwide by Charades.

“We have been excited about this film since we saw the first images several years ago,” said GKIDS President David Jesteadt. “The film combines a unique and wildly inventive visual style with a universal story that goes straight to the heart for anyone who has been lucky enough to spend time with a dog. We are sure audiences are going to fall in love with the film as much as we have.”

“The Charades team is very proud that GKIDS fell under the spell of this very special movie,” said Carole Baraton, co-founder of Charades. “We are sure they will provide the exposure it deserves in the US market. After partnering on Mirai last year, we are super excited to embark again on this new adventure with them.”

SYNOPSIS

Marona is a mixed-breed Labrador whose life leaves deep traces among the humans she encounters. After an accident, she reflects on all the homes and different experiences she’s had. As Marona’s memory journeys into the past, her unfailing empathy and love brings lightness and innocence into each of her owners’ lives, in this beautiful and deeply emotional story of an average dog and her extraordinary life.

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