It may have taken 30 years, but 1988’s My Neighbor Totoro will be getting a theatrical release in China.
Believe it or not, Totoro is the first Studio Ghibli film to get a release in theaters in China—ever. It’s unlikely to be the last, though. Ghibli told the Hollywood Reporter if this release goes well, it’ll license more of its classics in the country. The film will be dubbed into Chinese.
This all makes sense: China is currently a giant market (as of April, the country had no less than 9,965 movie theaters!) and is showing significant interest in Japanese film. That includes anime: the huge success of Your Name in China helped make it the highest-grossing Japanese film of all time worldwide.
We’ll see if 30-year-old classic My Neighbor Totoro can make similar waves.
Source: Hollywood Reporter