Date: 2022 June 06 20:04
Posted by Joe
The good folks from Anime Limited have sent us the details of their latest cinematic outing. The Deer King is set to hit cinemas around the UK from Wednesday 27th July 2022.
Based on the Japanese fantasy novels by award-winning writer Nahoko Uehashi, the original author of the celebrated Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit series. The movie is directed by Masashi Ando who has worked as Chief Animation Director on Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away, and also an animation director on Your Name.
Along with Pompo the Cinephile in June, Princess Mononoke in the Barbican in August it looks like anime fans are set to enjoy a summer of cinema!
Press release as follows:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Bow before The Deer King - an epic fantasy from the animation director behind Princess Mononoke and Your Name!
A pandemic wreaks havoc on a fantasy world in Masashi Ando's long-awaited directorial debut, in cinemas from 27th July 2022
London, UK, 6 June 2022 - With a proud reputation of raising the profile of the greatest auteurs in Japanese animation, Anime Limited are delighted to announce that they are bringing to the big screen the directorial debut of a man who has made his name doing the same. Masashi Ando worked as Chief Animation Director on landmark films from Studio Ghibli and Hayao Miyazaki's legendary Princess Mononoke to the modern day sensation Your Name, and now his fantasy epic The Deer King will carve its own legend in selected cinemas nationwide from 27th July 2022.
A film that's been years in the making but is all the more resonant today, The Deer King is the story of an ancient people caught in the midst of a pandemic. When the dreaded Black Wolf Fever returns to ravage the land, old political scars draw new blood when two opposing nations have different plans for the man who could hold the secret to the cure: Van Gamsa, a former war hero and one of two sole survivors of a savage attack on the mine where he was enslaved. Van wants nothing more than to live a quiet life with his surrogate daughter Yuna, but when they become the targets of medical desperation, political fanaticism, and the mystery behind the pack of black wolves sweeping the land, Van will have to fight once more.
The rich, resonant and enthralling world of The Deer King is brought to the big screen in this stunning adaptation of the Japanese fantasy novels by award-winning writer Nahoko Uehashi, the original author of the celebrated Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit series. An enthralling adventure for fans of fantasy and anime alike, The Deer King is a more than worthy addition to the man who helped shape not just Princess Mononoke, but the world of Japanese animation as a whole.
In the years following a vicious war, the Empire of Zol now controls the land and citizens of rival Aquafa - except for Aquafa's Fire Horse Territory, where wild dogs that once carried the deadly Black Wolf Fever continue to roam free. When a pack of dogs race through a Zol-controlled mine, Van, an enslaved former soldier, and a young girl named Yuna are both bitten, but manage to escape as the sole survivors of the attack. Finally free, Van and Yuna seek out a simple, peaceful existence in the countryside. But as the deadly disease once again runs rampant, they find themselves at the crossroads of a struggle much larger than any one nation.
The Deer King will be shown in selected cinemas nationwide from 27th July 2022 in Japanese with English subtitles, as well as an English-language dub from 28th July 2022. The film is rated 15.
For more information and to book tickets, please visit https://www.deerkingfilm.co.uk/
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About Masashi Ando
Born in 1969, Masashi Ando was selected to be the Chief Animation Director of Hayao Miyazaki's fantasy epic Princess Mononoke at the tender age of 25, and served as the legendary auteur's right-hand-man on his Academy Award-winning Spirited Away. Since then, Masashi Ando has helped shape many of the greatest anime films in modern history, working as Chief Animation Director on such legendary films as Satoshi Kon's Paprika and Makoto Shinkai's Your Name, while also contributing key animation to Mamoru Oshii's Innocence: Ghost in the Shell 2, and Hideaki ANNO's Evangelion 3.0: You Can (Not) Advance. The Deer King marks his long-awaited directorial debut.
About Anime Limited:
Based out of Glasgow, Anime Limited is Europe's premiere distributor for Japanese animation, renowned for bespoke collector's editions of fan-favourite anime and soundtracks, connecting Western audiences with creators across languages and oceans, and helping to bring anime front and centre in cinemas. Anime Limited proudly produces releases from the biggest franchises in anime including Cowboy Bebop, Attack on Titan, NEON GENESIS EVANGELION, Mobile Suit Gundam, Tokyo Ghoul, Your Name, Weathering With You, Mirai, BELLE and JUJUTSU KAISEN.