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February 18, 2020

GKIDS and Fathom Events Continue Partnership to Bring ‘Children of the Sea’ to Select Big Screens Nationwide

The New Animated Feature Film From Japan’s STUDIO4°C Comes to U.S. Cinemas on April 20 & 22, Followed by Limited Theatrical Run from GKIDS

GKIDS, the acclaimed distributor of multiple Academy Award®-nominated animated features, and Fathom Events announced today that the latest feature from Japan’s STUDIO4°C (known for “Tekkonkinkreet,” “MFKZ,” “Mind Game,” “Animatrix, Batman: Gotham Knight,” and others), “Children of the Sea” is coming to select U.S. cinmeas this spring. Directed by Ayumu Watanabe (“Space Brothers”), featuring a score by award-winning composer and longtime Studio Ghibli collaborator Joe Hisaishi (“Spirited Away,” “Howl’s Moving Castle,” “My Neighbor Totoro”). The gorgeously-animated “Children of the Sea,” is adapted from Daisuke Igarashi’s manga of the same name, which won the Excellence Prize at the Japan Media Arts Festival.

GKIDS and Fathom Events will present “Children of the Sea” on Monday, April 20 (English subtitled) and Wednesday, April 22 (dubbed in English), and will be followed by a limited theatrical release by GKIDS starting April 24. In addition to the full feature, audiences will view a special interview with director Ayumu Watanabe and CGI director Kenichiro Akimoto.

Tickets will be available beginning on Thursday, March 12 at www.ChildrenOfTheSeaMovie.com and participating theater box offices.

This title will be shown in Canada, check Cineplex.com for more information on showtimes and dates.

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February 13, 2020

GKIDS ANNOUNCES ENGLISH-LANGUAGE VOICE CAST FOR “TOKYO GODFATHERS”

FILM TO BE RE-RELEASED IN THEATERS NATIONWIDE MARCH 9 AND 11 FEATURING NEW RESTORATION AND ENGLISH LANGUAGE DUB

GKIDS, the acclaimed producer and distributor of animation for adult and family audiences, has announced the English voice cast 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. At the 47th Annie Awards, Kon posthumously received ASIFA-Hollywood’s Winsor McCay Award, the organization’s award for lifetime achievement in animation. GKIDS and Fathom Events will present the new restoration of Tokyo Godfathers in select movie theaters nationwide on Monday, March 9 at 7:00 p.m. (local time, English-language subtitled) and Wednesday, March 11 at 7:00 p.m. (local time, English-language dubbed).

The English language dubbed version of Tokyo Godfathers will feature the voices of Jon Avner (Just Cause 3), Victoria Grace (Mirai), and Shakina Nayfack (“Transparent,” “Difficult People”), and was produced by GKIDS and NYAV Post.

“Hana is a transwoman with a heart of gold,” said Shakina Nayfack, “I connected instantly to her faith, and her worldview is so clearly rooted in Satoshi Kon’s love for humanity. Kon was ahead of his time when he introduced Hana to the anime canon, and I’m so glad this GKIDS restoration and new English dub will give more people the chance to meet and fall in love with his beloved yet undersung heroine!”

“Satoshi Kon was a master visual storyteller, whose body of work continues to inspire ten years after his untimely passing,” said David Jesteadt, GKIDS’ President. “We are grateful to play a small part in preserving his legacy with the re-release of a newly remastered Tokyo Godfathers, and look forward to bringing the film to new and returning audiences alike.”

English Voice Cast

Gin – Jon Avner
Miyuki – Victoria Grace
Hana – Shakina Nayfack

Mother – Kate Bornstein
Miyuki’s Father – Crispin Freeman
Old Man – David Manis
Oota – Jamieson Price
Yasuo – Kirk Thornton

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.

Co-written by Keiko Nobumoto (Cowboy Bebop) and featuring a whimsical score by Keiichi Suzuki, Tokyo Godfathers is a masterpiece by turns heartfelt, hilarious and highly original, a tale of hope and redemption in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds.

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HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE & PONYO ARRIVE IN LIMITED EDITION STEELBOOK™

ACCLAIMED ANIMATED FEATURES FROM STUDIO GHIBLI

HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE & PONYO

ARRIVE IN LIMITED EDITION STEELBOOK

BLU-RAY+DVD MAY 12, 2020

FROM GKIDS, DISTRIBUTED BY SHOUT! FACTORY

Studio Ghibli and GKIDS, with distribution by Shout! Factory, will release Howl’s Moving Castle and Ponyo, from the famed Studio Ghibli library of films, on May 12 in limited edition SteelBook packaging with striking new art. The Howl’s Moving Castle and Ponyo SteelBooks will house Blu-ray & DVD combo packs, presenting the films alongside hours of bonus features and a booklet with stunning art and statements from the filmmakers.

With this release, films from one of the world’s most coveted animation collections can come home to collectors in limited edition SteelBook packaging for the first time in North America.

Howl’s Moving Castle

From the legendary Studio Ghibli, creators of Spirited Away, and acclaimed director Hayao Miyazaki, comes the Academy Award®-nominated fantasy adventure for the whole family.

Sophie, a quiet girl working in a hat shop, finds her life thrown into turmoil when she is literally swept off her feet by a handsome but mysterious wizard named Howl. The vain and vengeful Witch of the Waste, jealous of their friendship, puts a curse on Sophie and turns her into a 90-year-old woman. On a quest to break the spell, Sophie climbs aboard Howl’s magnificent moving castle and into a new life of wonder and adventure. But as the true power of Howl’s wizardry is revealed, Sophie finds herself fighting to protect them both from a dangerous war of sorcery that threatens their world. Featuring the voices of Jean Simmons, Christian Bale, Lauren Bacall, Blythe Danner, Emily Mortimer, Josh Hutcherson and Billy Crystal.

Bonus Features:

  • Feature-Length Storyboards
  • Original Theatrical Trailers
  • TV Spots
  • Interview with Diana Wynne Jones
  • Miyazaki’s Visit to Pixar
  • Explanation of CG
  • The Birth Story of the Film Soundtrack
  • Behind the Microphone
  • 8-page Booklet with Producer’s Statement and more

Ponyo

From the legendary Studio Ghibli, creators of Spirited Away and My Neighbor Totoro, and Academy Award®-winning director Hayao Miyazaki, comes a heartwarming family adventure.

When Sosuke, a young boy who lives on a clifftop overlooking the sea, rescues a stranded goldfish named Ponyo, he discovers more than he bargained for. Ponyo is a curious, energetic young creature who yearns to be human, but even as she causes chaos around the house, her father, a powerful sorcerer, schemes to return Ponyo to the sea. Featuring the voices of Cate Blanchett, Noah Cyrus, Matt Damon, Tina Fey, Frankie Jonas, Cloris Leachman, Liam Neeson, Lily Tomlin, and Betty White.

Bonus Features:

  • Feature-Length Storyboards
  • Original Theatrical Trailers
  • TV Spots
  • The Five Geniuses Who Created Ponyo
  • Press Conference: Theme Song Announcement
  • Behind the Microphone
  • Opening Event at Hibiya Scala-Za Theatre
  • Interview with Hayao Miyazaki
  • Interview with Toshio Suzuki
  • Theme Song Music Video
  • Hayao Miyazaki Press Conference at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan
  • Creating Ponyo
  • Ponyo & Fujimoto
  • The Nursery
  • Scoring Miyazaki
  • Producer’s Perspective: Telling the Story
  • The Locations of Ponyo
  • 8-page Booklet with Producer’s and Director’s Statements and Lyrics
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January 31, 2020

Tickets On Sale Now for Satoshi Kon’s Critically-Acclaimed Animated Feature ‘Tokyo Godfathers’

Coming to Select Movie Theaters Nationwide on March 9 and 11 Featuring New Restoration and English Language Version

 

 

Tokyo Godfathers,” the acclaimed holiday classic from master director Satoshi Kon (“Perfect Blue” and “Paprika”), will return to theaters in a brand new restoration, with an all new English language dub this March. Co-written by Keiko Nobumoto (“Cowboy Bebop”) and featuring a whimsical score by Keiichi Suzuki, “Tokyo Godfathers” is a masterpiece by turns heartfelt, hilarious and highly original, a tale of hope and redemption in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds.

Monday, March 9 at 7:00 p.m. (local time, English-language subtitled)
Wednesday, March 11 at 7:00 p.m. (local time, English-language dubbed).

Tickets are now available at www.TokyoGodfathersMovie.com and at participating box offices.

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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January 21, 2020

GKIDS and Fathom Events Bring Masaaki Yuasa’s Film ‘Ride Your Wave’ to Select Movie Theaters Nationwide

The New Feature Film from Cult Favorite Director Masaaki Yuasa Comes to U.S. Cinemas on February 19

TICKETS ON SALE NOW

GKIDS, the acclaimed distributor of multiple Academy Award®-nominated animated features, and Fathom Events will continue their partnership with a special showing of visionary director Masaaki Yuasa’s new film “Ride Your Wave” on Wednesday, February 19 at 7:00 p.m. (local time, English subtitled). With “Ride Your Wave,” Yuasa (“The Night is Short, Walk On Girl,” “Devilman Crybaby,” “Keep Your Hands Off Of Eizouken”) applies his trademark visual ingenuity to a deeply emotional tale of romance, grief and self-discovery.  In addition to the full feature, audiences will view an exclusive interview with “Ride Your Wave” producer and Science SARU animation studio co-founder Eunyoung Choi (“The Night is Short, Walk On Girl,” “Devilman Crybaby,” “Keep Your Hands Off Of Eizouken”).

Tickets for “Ride Your Wave” are available at www.RideYourWaveMovie.com and participating theater box offices.

GKIDS and Fathom Events will present “Ride Your Wave” in  more than 500 select movie theaters on Wednesday, February 19 at 7:00 p.m. GKIDS will open the feature theatrically in Los Angeles starting February 21.

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 she sings their song, but can the two really remain together forever? And what is the real reason for Minato’s sudden reappearance?

“We are thrilled to bring fans this joyous and touching feature from Masaaki Yuasa,” said GKIDS President David Jesteadt, “In this heartfelt tale of romance, loss, and self-discovery, Yuasa continues to expand on his distinctive artistic vision.”

“We are proud to once again join with GKIDS to bring a high-anticipated Masaaki Yuasa film to American audiences,” said Fathom Events CEO Ray Nutt. “Anime fans have enjoyed the GKIDS/Fathom partnership with such celebrated events as the annual ‘Studio Ghibli Fest’ series, ‘Promare,’ ‘Werathering With You,’ and more.”

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