Toho’s FIREWORKS Coming to U.S. Cinemas for Three-Day Event this July
FIREWORKS (打ち上げ花火、下から見るか？横から見るか？, Uchiage Hanabi, Shita Kara Miru ka? Yoko Kara Miru ka?, 2017), the first of five new titles announced by GKIDS presented through Fathom Events, will premiere in movie theaters nationwide on July 3 with encore showings on July 5 and 7.
A film by Akiyuki Shinbo and Nobuyuki Takeuchi, FIREWORKS — aka FIREWORKS, SHOULD WE SEE IT FROM THE SIDE OR THE BOTTOM? — is the newest release from Toho animation and producer Genki Kawamura, following the worldwide blockbuster YOUR NAME (君の名は。, Kimi no Na wa., 2016), the highest-grossing anime of all time. It will be shown in both its original Japanese version and a new English-language version produced by GKIDS.
As with YOUR NAME, FIREWORKS is a tale of star-crossed teenage lovers with a sci-fi fantasy twist. Shy Norimichi and fast-talking Yusuke, are goo-goo-eyed over the same elusive classmate, Nazuna. But Nazuna, unhappy over her mother’s decision to remarry and leave their countryside town, plans to run away and has secretly chosen Norimichi to accompany her. When things don’t go as planned, Norimichi discovers that a glowing multi-color ball found in the sea has the power to reset the clock and give them a second chance to be together. But each reset adds new complications and takes them farther and farther away from the real world — until they risk losing sight of reality altogether.
FIREWORKS tells a simple story of adolescent longing that taps deep wells of emotion. It is tale of youthful wistfulness, missed opportunities and long-ago dreams, of the urgency of young lovers, and the desire to create a separate universe, a magic place outside of time, where they can be together.
Run Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
Tuesday, July 3 at 7:00 p.m. local time (English subtitled)
Thursday, July 5 at 7:00 p.m. local time (English subtitled)
Saturday, July 7 at 12:55 p.m. local time (English dubbed)
Tickets for FIREWORKS can be purchased online by visiting fathomevents.com/events/fireworks or FireworksMovie.com and at participating theater box offices. Moviegoers throughout the U.S. will be able to enjoy these events in nearly 500 select movie theaters. For a complete list of theater locations visit the Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change).
About Fathom Events
Fathom Events is recognized as the leading domestic distributor of event cinema with participating affiliate theaters in all 100 of the top Designated Market Areas, and ranks as one of the largest overall distributors of content to movie theaters. Owned by AMC Entertainment Inc. (NYSE: AMC), Cinemark Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CNK) and Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC) (known collectively as AC JV, LLC), Fathom Events offers a variety of one-of-a-kind entertainment events such as live, high-definition performances of the Metropolitan Opera, dance and theatre productions like the Bolshoi Ballet and National Theatre Live, sporting events like Copa America Centenario, concerts with artists like Michael Bublé, Rush and Mötley Crüe, the yearlong TCM Big Screen Classics film series and inspirational events such as To Joey With Love. Fathom Events takes audiences behind the scenes and offers unique extras including audience Q&As, backstage footage and interviews with cast and crew, creating the ultimate VIP experience. Fathom Events’ live digital broadcast network (“DBN”) is the largest cinema broadcast network in North America, bringing live and pre-recorded events to 896 locations and 1,383 screens in 181 DMAs. For more information, visit fathomevents.com.
GKIDS is a producer and distributor of award-winning feature animation for both adult and family audiences. Since 2010, the company has scored an astounding nine Best Animated Feature Oscar nominations — including THE SECRET OF KELLS, A CAT IN PARIS, THE TALE OF THE PRINCESS KAGUYA and BOY AND THE WORLD. GKIDS also handles North American theatrical distribution for Oscar winner Hayao Miyazaki’s famed Studio Ghibli library of films, one of the world’s most coveted animation collections with titles SPIRITED AWAY, MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO, PRINCESS MONONOKE and others. GKIDS founder and CEO Eric Beckman is also co-founder of New York International Children’s Film Festival, an Oscar-qualifying event and North America’s largest film festival for children and teens.