promare trailer

Firefighting has never looked so visually exciting as it does in Promare, Studio Trigger’s highly anticipated inaugural feature film. Kill la Kill creator Hiroyuki Imaishi directs this eye-popping visual bonanza, which is like if Fire Emblem had a gonzo mecha baby with Gundam Wing. GKIDS is debuting the first full U.S. trailer for Promare, and the movie arrives in select U.S. theaters this fall. Watch the Promare trailer below.

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bunuel in the labyrinth of the turtles review

“How do you change the world?” It’s a question posed to famous surrealist filmmaker Luis Buñuel by a group of intellectuals debating the merits of art or political action to combat the rising forces of fascism in Europe in the opening scene of Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles. Buñuel, inexplicably wearing a nun habit and a smug smile, doesn’t answer. But he doesn’t need to — his art is what speaks for him. In his lyrical animated film, director Salvador Simó also lets the art speak for itself, painting an earthy, dreamlike portrait of the surrealist filmmaker as he overcomes financial and personal challenges to shoot his 1933 documentary Las Hurdes: Tierra Sin Pan.

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spirited away collector's edition

If, like me, you have watched your DVD copy of Spirited Away so much that the disc is scratched to the point of being unwatchable, you’re in luck. Hayao Miyazaki‘s Oscar-winning animated classis is getting a long-deserved collector’s edition that will be available in limited supply this November. Studio Ghibli is teaming up with GKIDS and distributor Shout! Factory to issue this Spirited Away collector’s edition, which includes a new 40-page book filled with beautiful art and essays, in addition to hours of special features and the film’s soaring soundtrack composed by longtime Miyazaki collaborator Joe Hisaishi.

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white snake us release

GKIDS has been fast establishing itself as one of the premiere movie distributors for high-quality animated films. And with China beginning to dip its toes into the animated movie market, it was only a matter of time before the two would meet.

GKIDS, which has distributed for U.S. release award-winning fare like The Breadwinner and the works of Studio Ghibli, has picked up its very first Chinese animated film, White Snakea sumptuous fantasy epic loosely based on the ancient Chinese folk tale of the same name. Following the film’s smash success at the Chinese box office this year, GKIDS has set the White Snake US release date for this fall.

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funan featurette

When approaching horrific historical events like the rise of the violent Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia, any filmmaker has to tread carefully. But Funan director Denis Do has to approach the subject with an extra layer of sensitivity because his animated film, hitting select theaters next week, is about his own family.

Do’s mother is the basis for the main character of the French-Belgian animated film, which follows a Cambodian woman who searches for her child after he is forcibly taken from her during the beginning of the Khmer Rouge revolution in April 1975.

/Film is debuting an exclusive Funan clip featuring Do speaking about how his family’s experiences informed the acclaimed animated film. Watch the Funan featurette below.

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weathering with you us release

In 2017, Your Name helped put anime back on the global map as acclaimed, prestigious films worthy of awards recognition. Three years later, director Makoto Shinkai‘s highly anticipated follow-up will finally be making its way to the States. Weathering With You, Shinkai’s latest visually stunning and cerebral sci-fi drama, will be released in Japan this summer, but has already been picked up for U.S. distribution by the animation distributor GKIDS.

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okko's inn trailer

Studio Ghibli may have (temporarily) shuttered its doors five years ago, but its former animators are thriving. Aside from the majority Ghibli-staffed Studio Ponoc, which this year released the acclaimed anthology film Modest Heroes, Ghibli alums are proving that they don’t need the iconic Totoro symbol backing them to deliver quality work.

The latest alum to earn the spotlight is Kitaro Kosaka, who had worked on Ghibli films like The Wind Rises, Spirited Away, and Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind. He brings that emotion-driven Ghibli sensibility to Okko’s Inn, a charming and offbeat ghost story set to hit U.S. theaters in April. Watch the Okko’s Inn trailer below.

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never-ending man hayao miyazaki clip

Never-Ending Man: Hayao Miyazaki chronicles the inevitable un-retirement of its legendary subject, but despite the predictable return of Hayao Miyazaki to the world of animation, the Kaku Arakawa documentary has a few surprises hidden up its sleeves. Namely, Miyazaki’s first dalliance with an entirely CG-animated project. The famous advocate for traditional hand-drawn animation, who notoriously once called an AI-animated short “an insult to life itself,” tackles his first CG-animated film with the short Boro the Caterpillar.

In a new Never-Ending Man Hayao Miyazaki clip released by GKIDS, the documentary captures the momentous scene in which Miyazaki encounters his first CGI creation.

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never-ending man trailer

Two years after Japan first aired the documentary Never-Ending Man, U.S. audiences are finally getting the film following Hayao Miyazaki‘s highly-anticipated return to filmmaking.

The legendary anime filmmaker left a hole in the film world when he announced his retirement in 2013, but like many great creative minds, he just couldn’t stop working. Retitled Never-Ending Man: Hayao Miyazaki, the documentary was filmed by NHK WORLD TV and picked up by U.S. distributor GKIDS, which releases it in select U.S. theaters this winter.

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mirai us release

While the world has been scrambling to name any promising anime director as the next Hayao Miyazaki (while the man himself diligently ignores all the hoopla with another un-retirement), Mamoru Hosoda has quietly proved to be a visionary filmmaker in his own right. With a career spanning wildly inventive films like The Girl Who Leapt Through Time and Summer Wars, Hosoda has not delivered a bad film yet. And now U.S. audiences can soon experience his latest film, Mirai, in theaters this fall. Read More »