Pompo the Cinephile, a delightful film about films that came out last year in Japan, is set to hit theaters in the US this April.
That’s the word from GKIDS, which is distributing the film.
Screenings will begin April 29, but there will also be special “fan preview screenings” on April 27 and 28, which will feature an intro from the director, Takayuki Hirao. There will be both dub and sub screenings.
Based on a manga by Shogo Sugitani, Pompo the Cinephile hit Japanese theaters in June 2021.
Here’s how GKIDS describes the movie:
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 a tormented artistic 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?
Directed by veteran animator Takayuki Hirao and produced by brand-new animation studio CLAP, 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.”