'On Your Mark' Clip Streamed Before 1st Theatrical Screenings in U.S.

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Studio Ghibli's music video debuts in N. America with Princess Mononoke on Thursday

The film website IndieWire began streaming and exclusive clip of Studio Ghibli's On Your Mark music video on Wednesday. The short will screen for the first time in North America on Thursday alongside Studio Ghibli's Princess Mononoke.

GKIDS and Fathom Events will screen Princess Mononoke with English subtitles on Thursday, January 5 at 7:00 p.m. local time and with the English dub on Monday, January 9 at 7:00 p.m. local time. The screenings celebrate the film's 20th anniversary and mark the fist time that On Your Mark will be released in North America.

Nearly two decades ago, Chage (Shuji Shibata) and Aska (Shigeaki Miyazaki) approached Studio Ghibli to make a music video for their "On Your Mark" song. The music video — which Hayao Miyazaki conceived, wrote, and directed — became an "experimental film" shown in theaters with Whisper of the Heart in 1995.

The short was removed from the Miyazaki Hayao Kantoku Sakuhin-shū (The Collected Works of Director Hayao Miyazaki) Blu-ray Disc and DVD boxes in 2014 following Aska's arrest for drug possession that year. However, Studio Ghibli later offered the short on a bonus disc to box set buyers in Japan. The short was not included in Disney's The Collected Woks of Hayao Miyazaki box set.

At the time of its release in 1997, Princess Mononoke was the most successful film at the Japanese box office. It remains the fourth highest-grossing Japanese film in Japan after Spirited Away, your name., and Howl's Moving Castle. It is the seventh highest-grossing film of all time at the Japanese box office.

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