GKIDS Releases Mirai Anime Film in U.S. Theaters on November 30
posted on by Jennifer Sherman
GKIDS announced on Friday that it will theatrically release Mamoru Hosoda and Studio Chizu's Mirai no Mirai (Mirai) anime film in the United States on November 30. The theatrical release will include both the original Japanese and an English dub of the anime.
U.K. anime distributor Anime Limited will debut the film in theaters on November 2 and November 4. Screenings on November 2 will be in Japanese with English subtitles while screenings on November 4 will be English-dubbed.
International sales banner CHARADES represented the film at Cannes in 2017, and has sold distribution rights to GKIDS in the United States, MK2 Mile End in Canada, Anime Limited in the United Kingdom, and Madman Entertainment in Australia and New Zealand.
The 100-minute film opened at #2 at the box office in Japan on July 20. The film had its world premiere in May at this year's Directors' Fortnight, an independent section held in parallel to the Cannes Film Festival. The film also screened in competition at Annecy in June.
The film's story centers around a family living in a small house in an obscure corner of a certain city — in particular, the family's spoiled four-year-old boy Kun-chan. When Kun-chan gets a little sister named Mirai, he feels that his new sister stole his parents' love from him, and is overwhelmed by many experiences he undergoes for the first time in his life. In the midst of it all, he meets an older version of Mirai, who has come from the future.
Hosoda directed the film at his Studio Chizu, and is also credited as scriptwriter and for the original story. Hiroyuki Aoyama (animation director of The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Summer Wars, and The Boy and The Beast) and Ayako Hata (key animator on the same films) returned for this new film as animation directors. Yohei Takamatsu and Takashi Omori, who Hosoda had previously worked with on The Boy and The Beast, returned as art directors. Producer Yuichiro Saito returned from Hosoda's earlier films.
Source: Press Release