Gkids To Dub ‘Pompo The Cinephile’ Ahead Of North American Theatrical Release

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‘Pompo The Cinephile’ was directed by Takayuki Hirao and made by the production company CLAP. It was an adaption of the shojo manga by Shogo Sugitani that kicked off in April 2017. Following several delays to the pandemic, it was released in Japan in July 2021 after becoming an “official selection” at the 2021 Fantasia Film Festival.

Gkids announced on their website that they had acquired the North American distribution rights to the film with plans for a release in the original Japanese and in an English dub.

GKIDS President David Jesteadt explained, “’Pompo the Cinephile’ is a completely charming and original work.” He added, “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.”

The official synopsis explains that “Pompo is a talented and gutsy producer in “Nyallywood,” the movie-making capital of the world. 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? ‘Pompo the Cinephile’ is a rollicking, exuberant ode to the power of the movies, and the joys and heartbreak of the creative process, as a new director and his team devote their lives to the pursuit of a ‘masterpiece.'”

There has been no official announcement for the English voice cast or North American release date, though it is eyeing a 2022 premier. The Japanese cast includes Hiroya Shimizu, Konomi Kohara, Ai Kakuma, Akio Ōtsuka, and Ryūichi Kijima.

You can watch the trailer below:


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