GKIDS introduced on Wednesday that it had acquired the distribution rights to the filmed performances of the Spirited Away stage play, with plans to launch them later this yr.
The performances — which had been filmed throughout the manufacturing of the stage play in 2022 — come from the Spirited Away: Reside on Stage efficiency on the historic Imperial Theatre in Tokyo, Japan. The manufacturing was written and directed by Tony and Olivier Award-winning director and the Royal Shakespeare Firm’s Honorary Affiliate Director John Caird.
Based on GKIDS’ announcement, they plan to launch the stage manufacturing theatrically in spring 2023, however no additional data has been confirmed as of but.
“We’re thrilled to supply this distinctive alternative for Studio Ghibli followers in America to expertise the stage manufacturing that wowed Japanese press and audiences final yr,” stated GKIDS’ President David Jesteadt. “This imaginative stage adaptation by the legendary John Caird, that includes two fantastic performances by lead actors Kanna Hashimoto and Mone Kamishiraishi, helps deliver to life one of many best movies of all time in a stunning new method.”
Spirited Away: Reside on Stage ran at TOHO’s Imperial Theater from February to March 2022, after which started touring throughout the nation. Stops included performs in Osaka, Fukuoka, Sapporo, and Nagoya.
“Chihiro’s household is transferring to a brand new home, however after they cease on the best way to discover an deserted village, her dad and mom bear a mysterious transformation and Chihiro is whisked right into a world of incredible spirits dominated over by the sorceress Yubaba,” reads the official synopsis of the enduring movie. “Put to work in a magical bathhouse for spirits and demons, Chihiro should use all her wits to outlive on this unusual new place, discover a solution to free her dad and mom and return to the traditional world. Overflowing with imaginative creatures and thrilling storytelling, Spirited Away grew to become a worldwide smash hit, and is without doubt one of the most critically-acclaimed movies of all time.”
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