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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

 

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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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January 9, 2020

SATOSHI KON’S CLASSIC ANIMATED FEATURE ‘TOKYO GODFATHERS’ COMES TO THEATERS NATIONWIDE ON MARCH 9 AND 11

Satoshi Kon’s Classic Animated Feature

‘Tokyo Godfathers’

Comes to Theaters Nationwide on March 9 and 11

Film to Be Re-Released by GKIDS and Fathom Events in Theaters Nationwide

Featuring New 4k Restoration and English Language Version

DENVER – January 9, 2019 – GKIDS, the acclaimed distributor of multiple Academy Award®-nominated animated features, and Fathom Events announced today that “Tokyo Godfathers,” the critically-acclaimed animated feature from director Satoshi Kon (“Perfect Blue,” “Paprika”), will return to theaters in a new 4K restoration this March. GKIDS previously re-released a remastered version of Satoshi Kon’s groundbreaking psychological thriller “Perfect Blue” in 2018 in partnership with Fathom Events. ASIFA-Hollywood recently announced that Kon would posthumously receive the Winsor McCay Award, the organization’s award for lifetime achievement in animation, at their upcoming 2020 Annie Awards ceremony, and a new stage play based on “Tokyo Godfathers” has just been announced by the New National Theatre, Tokyo, to be performed during the theater’s 2020-21 season.

Beginning on Friday, January 31 tickets for “Tokyo Godfathers” will be available at www.TokyoGodfathersMovie.com and participating theater box offices.

GKIDS and Fathom Events will present “Tokyo Godfathers” in select movie theaters across the U.S. 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). For a complete list of theater locations, visit the Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change).

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.

“We are pleased to partner with GKIDS to bring this wonderful re-release to American cinemas,” said Fathom Events CEO Ray Nutt. “Anime fans nationwide will once again be able to enjoy the brilliant work of Satoshi Kon in their local theaters among likeminded audiences.”

For artwork/photos related to “Tokyo Godfathers” visit the GKIDS press site.

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January 6, 2020

GKIDS ANNOUNCES ENGLISH-LANGUAGE VOICE CAST FOR “WEATHERING WITH YOU”

NEW ENGLISH DUB OF JAPANESE ANIMATED HIT FEATURES THE VOICES OF

LEE PACE, ALISON BRIE, AND RIZ AHMED

FILM OPENS IN BOTH JAPANESE AND ENGLISH LANGUAGE VERSIONS BEGINNING JANUARY 15

WATCH THE NEW ENGLISH-LANGUAGE TRAILER HERE

NEW YORK (January 6, 2019) – GKIDS, the acclaimed producer and distributor of animation for adult and family audiences, has announced the English voice cast for WEATHERING WITH YOU, the new film from director Makoto Shinkai and producer Genki Kawamura, creators of the animated film Your Name, which broke box office records worldwide and is currently getting a live-action remake from JJ Abrams. The English language dubbed version of Weathering With You will feature the voices of Lee Pace (Guardians of the Galaxy, The Hobbit trilogy), Alison Brie (“GLOW”, The Lego Movie franchise), and Riz Ahmed (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Venom). GKIDS will theatrically release the film nationwide on January 17, 2020 following special nationwide fan preview screenings through Fathom Events on January 15 and January 16, 2020. The film has already become the #1 local film at the Japanese box office for 2019, and was Japan’s official selection for the Best International Feature category at the Academy Awards, the first time the country submitted an animated feature for consideration since Studio Ghibli’s Princess Mononoke.

GKIDS and NYAV Post produced the English-language dubbed version of Weathering With You, and it was directed by Michael Sinterniklaas and Stephanie Sheh—who previously directed and starred in the English-language version of Your Name.

English Voice Cast in Order of Appearance

Brandon Engman – Hodaka

Ashley Boettcher – Hina

Lee Pace – Suga

Alison Brie – Natsumi

Emeka Guindo – Nagi

Riz Ahmed – Takai

Vinnie Penna – Kimura

Mike Pollock – Yasui

Barbara Goodson – Tachibana

SYNOPSIS

GKIDS proudly presents the highly-anticipated new film from director Makoto Shinkai and producer Genki Kawamura, the creative team behind the critically-acclaimed, global smash hit Your Name. The summer of his high school freshman year, Hodaka runs away from his remote island home to Tokyo, and quickly finds himself pushed to his financial and personal limits. The weather is unusually gloomy and rainy every day, as if to suggest his future. He lives his days in isolation, but finally finds work as a writer for a mysterious occult magazine. Then one day, Hodaka meets Hina on a busy street corner. This bright and strong-willed girl possesses a strange and wonderful ability: the power to stop the rain and clear the sky…

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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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December 9, 2019

GKIDS AND SHOUT! FACTORY PRESENT WHITE SNAKE ON BLU-RAY™+DVD COMBO PACK, DVD AND DIGITAL DOWNLOAD

GKIDS AND SHOUT! FACTORY PRESENT

WHITE SNAKE

ON BLU-RAY™+DVD COMBO PACK, DVD AND DIGITAL DOWNLOAD

FEBRUARY 4, 2020

The legend begins. White Snake will be released on Blu-ray + DVD combo pack, DVD, and digital download on February 4, 2020 from GKIDS and Shout! Factory.

From Light Chaser Animation, one of China’s premiere animation studios, comes this modern take on a classic legend. Featuring the English dub voice talent of Vincent Rodriguez III (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend), Stephanie Sheh (Sailor Moon Crystal), Matthew Moy (Steven Universe), and Faye Mata (League of Legends), White Snake features beautiful animation with lush scenes and stunning visuals.

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, high-flying action, and the promise of eternal love.

Bonus Features:

  • Interview with Co-Director Ji Zhao
  • Music Video
  • Storyboard Clips
  • Theatrical Trailers
  • Director Q&A at Animation Is Film Festival
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