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Pompo The Cinephile Comes To The UK This June.

Specialist distributor Anime Limited has been responsible for getting more Japanese animation on the big screen in the UK and Ireland. Following a couple of fallow years due to the pandemic, in 2022, the company is really ramping up their activity once again. Next on the docket is Pompo The Cinephile.

Fresh from success on the festival circuit, the film is the debut release from new anime studio CLAP, and is directed by Takayuji Hirao, previously director of episodes of Attack on Titan. Described as a 'love letter to film-making, it's an anime that celebrates the magic of cinema itself. The film is also written by Hirao, based on the original manga from Shogo Sugitani.

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?

Anime Limited will screen the film in selected cinemas in the original language with English subtitles from Wednesday, June 29 and with an English dub from Thursday, June 30. 

You can sign up via the film's website to be notified when tickets go live. Pompo The Cinephile was previously released in the US via GKIDS Films.