GKids and Japanese animation studio CLAP has reached a licensing agreement where the former will release the comedy-drama ‘Pompo the Cinephile’ to a North American audience. Partnering with Fandom Events, the Japanese version will premier on Wednesday, April 27th with the English version hitting cinemas Thursday, April 28th.
“In addition to the full feature, audiences will view a special introduction from director Takayuki Hirao, exclusive to the Fathom Events screenings. Fan preview events will be followed by a limited theatrical release in select markets nationwide by GKIDS starting April 29th.” GKids said on their website. “With POMPO THE CINEPHILE acclaimed director Takayuki Hirao (“God Eater,” The Garden of Sinners), known for his dynamic, maximalist animation sequences, returns to the director’s chair with production from the all-new studio CLAP. An official selection and nominee for the Satoshi Kon Award for Best Animated Feature at the 2021 Fantasia Film Festival, POMPO THE CINEPHILE was domestically released on June 4, 2021, and swiftly became an indie hit.”
You can watch the trailer below:
The official synopsis explains that “Pompo is a talented and gutsy producer in “Nyallywood,” the movie-making capital of the world. Although she’s known for B-movies, one day Pompo tells her movie-loving but apprehensive assistant Gene that he will direct her next script: a delicate 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 the production heads towards chaos, can Gene rise to Pompo’s challenge, and succeed as a first-time director?”
The Japanese cast includes Hiroya Shimizu, Konomi Kohara, Ai Kakuma, Akio Ōtsuka, and Ryūichi Kijima.
D-Rezzed previously reported the GKids had acquired to license to so an English dubbing of ‘Pompo The Cinephile.’ While no official cast list has been released, it will likely be announced ahead of its release.
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