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Creators of Japanese Anime Feature Film ‘The Deer King’ Release Trailer in English

GKIDS recently announced that its new feature The deer king beloved Japanese animation veterans Masashi Ando and Masayuki Miyaji will have a limited theatrical release in select markets nationwide beginning Friday, July 15. GKIDS continued its partnership with Fathom Events, hosting fan previews of the film which will be shown in theaters nationwide on July 13 (Japanese language) and July 14 (English dubbed). Along with the full feature, audiences will see a special introduction from director Masashi Ando, ​​exclusive to Fathom Events screenings.

The deer king is a fantasy epic that marks the directorial debut of Masashi Ando, ​​whose work on landmark films such as Spirited Away, Paprika, and your name helped shape the world of modern animation.

According to the official synopsis, In the aftermath of a brutal war, former soldier Van toils in a mine controlled by the ruling empire. One day, her lonely existence is turned upside down when a pack of wild dogs carrying a fatal and incurable disease attacks, leaving only Van and a young girl named Yuna as survivors. Free at last, the couple seek a simple existence in the countryside but are pursued by nefarious forces. Wanting to protect Yuna at all costs, Van must uncover the true cause of the plague ravaging the kingdom and its possible cure.

Animated by acclaimed studio Production IG, the film marks the directorial debut of acclaimed animator Masashi Ando, ​​who previously worked as character designer, animation director and key animator with acclaimed Studio Ghibli (Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke), and with directors Satoshi Kon (Paprika, agent of paranoia) and Makoto Shinkai (your name). Co-director Masayuki Miyaji is best known for directing the 2009 series Xam’s: lost memories and work on Studio Ghibli films such as My Neighbors The Yamadas.

The original book series, by author Nahoko Uehashi, won the Booksellers Award and the fourth Japan Medical Novel Award in 2015, and has been printed in 2.2 million copies in Japan to date. Animation studio Production IG includes the legendary film Ghost in the shell, and the highly influential series FLCL, Haikyu!!, and Psycho pass. The studio’s feature film in 2011 A letter to Momo and the 2015 feature film Miss Hokusai are also distributed by GKIDS.

The English voice cast includes Ray Chase (Van), Griffin Puatu (Hohsalle), Erica Schroeder (Sae), Luciana VanDette (Yuna), Doug Stone (Tohlim), Neil Kaplan (Aquafa King), Frank Todaro (Kenoi), Luis Bermudez (Makokan), Keith Silverstein (Ohfan), Chris Hackney (Yotalu), Doug Erholtz (Utalu), Xander Mobus (Shikan), Larissa Gallagher (Van’s Wife), Michael Deaner (Van’s Son), Stefan Martello (Tohma), Steve Kramer (Ohma), Edna Larsen (Ohma’s wife), Larissa Gallagher (Kiya), Marc Thompson (Yoki), Stephanie Sheh (Yoki’s wife), Michael Deaner (Yoki’s son), Grant George (Hohsalle’s assistant), and Stephanie Sheh (wife of Kazan) .