The highly acclaimed anime film Pompo The Cinephile will be making its way to selected North American cinemas.

GKIDS, the praised producer and distributor of many films, announced they would bring the hit anime film Pompo The Cinephile to cinemas in April. Pompo The Cinephile, based on the acclaimed manga series by the same name, will premiere in select theatres nationwide. The upcoming anime film will premiere its Japanese dubbing on April 27 and English dubbing on April 28. Then on April 29, it will be followed by a limited theatrical release on select markets nationwide.

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Additionally, along with the entire movie, audience goers will view a unique introduction from director Takayuki Hirao (God Eater, The Garden of Sinners). Hirao is an acclaimed director known for his dynamic and maximal approach to animation sequences. The unique viewing introduction will be exclusive to the Fathom Events screenings. Previews events for the film will be made available for fans. 

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Pompo The Cinephile premiered in Japan on June 4, 2021, becoming an indie film hit. The film became nominated for two notable awards. Those nominations were for Best Indie Feature in the 49th Annie Awards and Best Animated Feature for the Satoshi Kon Award at the 2021 Fantasia Film Festival. Tickets for Pompo The Cinephile will be on sale on March 25 at PompoMovie.comFathomEvents.com, and other participating cinema box offices. 

Pompo The Cinephile was based on Japanese manga series created by Shogo Sugitani, also known as Ningen Plamo. The manga series was collected in three tankōbon volumes by the media factory. The manga series became serialized online on the Pixiv Comic website in April of 2017. GKIDS licensed the anime film adaptation and produced by studio CLAP.

The film’s story focuses on a bold and talented producer named Pompo. The film’s setting takes place in fictional Nyallywood, the movie-making capital of the world. Pompo is known for making B-Movies. However, she wants that to change, and by directing her next film project is a drama about tormented and creative genius. Pompo casts Martin Braddock, a legendary actress seeking her first big break for her film to succeed. However, once Pompo starts production on her new movie, chaos arises, challenging the first-time director. 

Offiicial Pompo The Cinephile Plot Synopsis

GKIDS To Release Pompo The Cinephile In Select Theaters Nationwide - The Illuminerdi

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.”

GKIDS To Release Pompo The Cinephile In Select Theaters Nationwide - The Illuminerdi

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Source: GKIDS