Film producer and distributor GKIDS has fleshed out its already sizable animation offerings with four debut films from acclaimed filmmaker Makoto Shinkai. Shinkai has made award-winning films like your name (2016) and grow old with you (2020), both of which firmly established him as an exceptional international name in industry.
GKIDS previously managed the distribution rights for grow old with you, which Shinkai also wrote; it’s about a boy who runs away from his rural home in Tokyo and befriends a girl who has the power to control the weather. The film set box office records and was Japan’s entry for the Oscars. Shinkai’s four films that have just come under the GKIDS umbrella are debut works, including the short Voice from a distant star (2002); Shinkai’s feature debut as a director, The place promised at our beginnings (2004); 5 centimeters per second (2007); and The children who hunt the lost voices (2011).
“We are thrilled to represent these vital early films from Makoto Shinkai,” GKIDS President David Jesteadt said in a statement. Press release. “They display the stunning visuals and emotional stories of nostalgia and human connection that made him one of the most exciting and important directors in animation today, and we can’t wait to showcase them again.” to fans old and new.” The press release also notes that the films “will be released on home entertainment platforms by GKIDS later this year, featuring both their original Japanese versions as well as English-dubbed versions.”
Shinkai’s work is absolutely in good hands here, as GKIDS is becoming one of the go-to Western distributors for high-end standalone anime films, making global animation accessible to international audiences. From Japan to Ireland, the company showcased favorites from Studio Ghibli as well as critical darlings like wolf walkers, Kels’ secret, and The breadwinner. His recent offerings have included Mamoru Hasodait’s Beautiful (which I saw twice, I liked it so much) and Promarean absolutely underrated banger from a movie out of studio triggerwho developed the hit anime sleeper kill her kill her. GKIDS also manages rights for Neon Genesis Evangelionwhich is a must-have for any anime fan.
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