GKIDS and Fathom Events will bring Children of the Sea, the latest feature from Japan’s STUDIO4 (Tekkonkinkreet, MFKZ, Mind Game, Animatrix, Batman: Gotham Knight), to select U.S. cinemas this spring.
Directed by Ayumu Watanabe (Space Brothers), featuring a score by award-winning composer and longtime Studio Ghibli collaborator Joe Hisaishi (Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle, My Neighbor Totoro). The gorgeously-animated Children of the Sea, is adapted from Daisuke Igarashi’s manga of the same name, which won the Excellence Prize at the Japan Media Arts Festival.
The official U.S. trailer has debuted ahead of the release, which will begin with presentation on Monday, April 20 (English subtitled) and Wednesday, April 22 (English dubbed) — including a special interview with Watanabe and CGI director Kenichiro Akimoto — followed by a limited GKIDS release starting April 24.
Tickets will be available beginning on Thursday, March 12 at www.FathomEvents.com, www.ChildrenOfTheSeaMovie.com and participating theater box offices. For a complete list of theater locations, visit the Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change).
This title will be shown in Canada, check Cineplex.com for more information on showtimes and dates.
“We are pleased to be a part of bringing Children of the Sea to U.S. audiences,” said Fathom Events Senior Director of Programming Brian Deulley. “The GKIDS/Fathom partnership continues to deliver the best of anime to cinema audiences across the nation and this title will wow fans of all ages.”
Synopsis: When Ruka was younger, she saw a ghost in the water at the aquarium where her dad works. Now, she feels drawn toward the aquarium and the two mysterious boys she meets there, Umi and Sora. They were raised by dugongs and hear the same strange calls from the sea as she does. Ruka’s dad and the other adults who work at the aquarium are only distantly aware of what the children are experiencing as they get caught up in the mystery of the worldwide disappearance of the oceans’ fish.