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Lonely Castle in the Mirror Coming to U.S. Theaters in June

The anime movie Lonely Castle in the Mirror (a.k.a. Kagami no Kojō in Japanese) is hitting American theaters briefly next month, thanks to distributor GKIDS. Both a subbed and dubbed version will be available on June 21-22, and tickets can be gotten here.

Here is a subtitled trailer for the movie.

Lonely Castle in the Mirror, which is a little under two hours long, was made at A-1 Pictures, with Keiichi Hara helming the project as director. The script was written by Miho Maruo, based on the original novel by Mizuki Tsujimura. Credit for music composition goes to Harumi Fuuki. Hirotaka Aragaki and Kei Kishiyama are both producers. The main Japanese cast consists of Ami Touma, Takumi Kitamura, Sakura Kiryu, Rihito Itagaki, Naho Yokomizo, Minami Takayama, Yuki Kaji, Mana Ashida. The English dub cast has not yet been revealed.

The film came out in Japan last year, and it received its international debut at the Rotterdam International Film Festival and its American debut at the New York International Children’s Film Festival.

GKIDS gave this description for the movie:

“Shy outcast Kokoro has been avoiding school for weeks when she discovers a portal in her bedroom mirror. She reaches through and finds herself transported to an enchanting castle where she is joined by six other students. When a girl in a wolf mask explains that they have been invited to play a game, the teens must work together to uncover the mysterious connection that unites them. However, anyone who breaks the rules will be eaten by a wolf.

From acclaimed director Keiichi Hara (Colorful, Miss Hokusai) and based on the bestselling novel by Mizuki Tsujimura, Lonely Castle in the Mirror is a heartfelt drama about the pains of growing up and the unlikely bonds that can bring people together.”

Source: Press Release


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