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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.

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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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June 10, 2019

GKIDS ACQUIRES NORTH AMERICAN RIGHTS TO “WHITE SNAKE”

GKIDS ACQUIRES NORTH AMERICAN RIGHTS TO CHINESE BOX OFFICE HIT

“WHITE SNAKE”

SUMPTUOUS CG FANTASY FILM MAKES INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE THIS WEEK AT ANNECY INT’L ANIMATED FILM FESTIVAL

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 WHITE SNAKE, which premieres in competition at the Annecy Int’l Animated Film Festival this week. GKIDS will release the film theatrically this fall in both original Chinese and a new English-language version.

WHITE SNAKE marks GKIDS’ first Chinese animated film. The film comes from Beijing-based Light Chaser Animation, one of China’s premiere animation studios, in a co-production with Warner Bros., and was co-directed by Amp Wong and Zhao Ji. It grossed RMB 449 million (US $67 million) during its theatrical release in China earlier this year. WHITE SNAKE follows Blanca – a young woman who has lost her memory – as she searches for her identity, in a story based on one of China’s oldest tales. GKIDS’ CEO and Founder Eric Beckman and Light Chaser Animation’s Yu Zhou negotiated the all-rights deal. International sales outside of North America, China, and Japan are handled by All Rights Entertainment, who also handled sales on the two previous animated films produced by Light Chaser Animation.

“Light Chaser Animation are true innovators, raising the bar for top notch Chinese animation and storytelling,” said GKIDS President David Jesteadt. “We are overjoyed to be releasing this stunning epic to North American audiences.”

SYNOPSIS

From Light Chaser Animation, one of China’s premiere animation studios, comes a visually stunning new take on a classic legend. One day a young woman named Blanca is saved by Xuan, a snake catcher from a nearby village. She has lost her memory, and together they go on a journey to discover her real identity, developing deeper feelings for one another along the way. But as they learn more about her past, they uncover a darker plot of supernatural forces vying for power, with the fate of the world hanging in the balance. Conceived as a prequel to one of the most ancient and enduring stories in Chinese history, White Snake presents a sumptuous tale of trickster demons, deadly mythical beasts, assassins, wuxia action, and the promise of eternal love.

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May 30, 2019

GKIDS ACQUIRES “THE CASE OF HANA AND ALICE,” “GENIUS PARTY,” “GENIUS PARTY BEYOND,” AND “SUMMER DAYS WITH COO”

GKIDS ACQUIRES NORTH AMERICAN RIGHTS TO
“THE CASE OF HANA AND ALICE,” “GENIUS PARTY,” “GENIUS PARTY BEYOND,” AND “SUMMER DAYS WITH COO”

 

GKIDS, the acclaimed producer and distributor of animation for adult and family audiences, announced it has acquired North American distribution rights for the animated features THE CASE OF HANA AND ALICE and SUMMER DAYS WITH COO, as well as short film anthologies GENIUS PARTY and GENIUS PARTY BEYOND. GKIDS will release the films direct to home video in 2019.

“I am so thrilled to be able to add these films to our growing library of the best animated features from around the world,” said GKIDS’ President David Jesteadt. “This is a unique opportunity to present some of our favorite previously unreleased titles, including a beautifully emotional fantasy from Keiichi Hara, a pitch-perfect examination of teenage friendship, and two compilations of mind-bending work from some of the greatest animators working today. I look forward to sharing all of them with new audiences for the first time.”

About THE CASE OF HANA AND ALICE

When Alice transfers to a new middle school, she hears an urban legend about a student who disappeared the previous year and is suspected to have been killed by his fellow students. Even worse, Alice discovers that she lives next door to his former house, a supposedly haunted home now occupied by a reclusive classmate named Hana. Hana and Alice decide to investigate this “murder case” together, but soon find their lack of detective skills may be an obstacle, in this unusual and charming film from famed writer-director Shunji Iwai, in which a shaggy-dog mystery tale ultimately gives way to a wonderfully nuanced story of young female friendship, and the fantasies and thrills of everyday teenage life.

The all-rights deal for North America was negotiated by GKIDS’ President David Jesteadt and Mayumi Furuyama for NTV.

About GENIUS PARTY and GENIUS PARTY BEYOND

From groundbreaking animation outfit STUDIO 4°C, creators of MFKZ and the upcoming Children of the Sea, comes an extraordinary project with a simple vision: to take an all-star team of the best animators working in Japanese animation today, and give each free reign to tell a unique short story. The results are GENIUS PARTY and GENIUS PARTY BEYOND, two animated anthology films full of boundless imagination, fantastic worlds, and unique visual styles.

The all-rights deal for North America was negotiated by GKIDS’ President David Jesteadt and Ayumi Inoguchi for STUDIO 4°C.

About SUMMER DAYS WITH COO

One day, Koichi Uehara, a fourth-grader living in the suburbs of Tokyo, picks up a fossil that looks like a large stone while on his way home from school. To his surprise, he has picked up a baby Kappa (a Japanese mythical water creature), who has been asleep underground for the past 300 years. Koichi names this baby creature “Coo” and brings him to live with his family, and soon the two are inseparable friends.

However, trouble abounds as Coo struggles to adjust to life in suburban Tokyo, and begins to miss his family, leading Koichi and Coo to embark on a summer road trip adventure in search of other Kappa. Directed by Keiichi Hara (Miss Hokusai, Colorful), one of Japan’s leading animated film directors, SUMMER DAYS WITH COO is a heartwarming and magical summer adventure.

The all-rights deal for North America was negotiated by GKIDS’ CEO and Founder Eric Beckman and Shion Komatsu for Shochiku.

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