GKIDS Acquires North American Rights to Pompo the Cinephile Film

GKIDS announced on Thursday that it has acquired all North American distribution rights for the upcoming Pompo the Cinephile, an anime film based on the manga series by Shogo Sugitani.

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The company also announced that it would be releasing Pompo the Cinephile theatrically in both its original Japanese language and an all-new, English dubbed version early next year. The film is directed by Takayuki Hirao and produced by CLAP, an all-new studio.

Pompo the Cinephile is a completely charming and original work,” said GKIDS President David Jesteadt in a statement regarding the move. “Both hilarious and earnest, its contemplation of what it takes to pursue an artistic vision is an inspiration for these times. I cannot wait to share the experience with audiences in theaters early next year.”

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Pompo the Cinephile follows the story of Pompo, a talented producer in “Nyallywood,” who finally gets her chance to direct a big feature. “Pompo is a talented and gutsy producer in ‘Nyallywood,’ the movie-making capital of the world,” reads the official synopsis for the film. “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?”


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