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?”