GKIDS Acquires Theatrical Distribution Rights to Satoshi Kon’s PERFECT BLUE
GKIDS, the acclaimed producer and distributor of animation for adult and family audiences, announced that it is has acquired the theatrical distribution rights to PERFECT BLUE (パーフェクトブルー, Paafekuto Buruu, 1997), the legendary first film from the late auteur director Satoshi Kon. GKIDS and Fathom Events will continue their extended partnership and bring the feature to U.S. cinemas only in a brand-new digital transfer for a special two-night event pm September 6 and 10. In addition to the full feature, attendees will view exclusive bonus content to be announced closer to the event date.
PERFECT BLUE, celebrating its 20th anniversary, is the debut feature from the legendary director Satoshi Kon (PAPRIKA) that continues to have a profound impact on animators and Hollywood directors. The groundbreaking film has been praised as being ahead of its time with themes still incredibly relevant today. PERFECT BLUE has been hailed as one of the best animated features of all time, and Kon went on write and direct a number of acclaimed projects including PAPRIKA (パプリカ, Papurika, 2006), MILLENNIUM ACTRESS (千年女優, Sennen Joyuu, 2001), and the television series PARANOIA AGENT (妄想代理人, Moosoo Dairinin, 2004).
GKIDS and Fathom Events will present PERFECT BLUE in approximately 500 select U.S. movie theaters on Thursday, September 6 in its original Japanese language with English subtitles, and Monday, September 10 in the English language dub, at 7:00 p.m. local time for both shows. A complete list of U.S. theater locations will be available on the Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change).
“Satoshi Kon was an incredibly visionary and remarkable filmmaking talent,” said GKIDS President Dave Jesteadt. “His shocking debut feature remains incredibly relevant, with its bold view of how technology and media can mold and distort our own perceptions of ourselves, and we are pleased to offer a new opportunity for audiences to discover his work.”
Rising pop star Mima has quit singing to pursue a career as an actress and model, but her fans aren’t ready to see her go. Encouraged by her managers, Mima takes on a recurring role on a popular TV show, when suddenly her handlers and collaborators begin turning up murdered. Harboring feelings of guilt and haunted by visions of her former self, Mima’s reality and fantasy meld into a frenzied paranoia. As her stalker closes in, in person and online, the threat he poses is more real than even Mima knows, in this iconic psychological thriller that has frequently been hailed as one of the most important animated films of all time.
“We are delighted to extend our partnership with GKIDS, and to bring another of Japan’s best animated features to the U.S.,” Fathom Events CEO Ray Nutt said. “This ongoing partnership provides an extraordinary opportunity for anime fans to experience these films on big screens nationwide.”
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 ten Best Animated Feature Oscar nominations with THE SECRET OF KELLS in 2010, A CAT IN PARIS and CHICO & RITA in 2012, ERNEST & CELESTINE in 2014, THE TALE OF PRINCESS KAGUYA and SONG OF THE SEA in 2015, BOY AND THE WORLD and WHEN MARNIE WAS THERE in 2016, MY LIFE AS A ZUCCHINI in 2017, and most recently, THE BREADWINNER in 2018. GKIDS also handles North American distribution for the 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 recently launched ANIMATION IS FILM, an annual LA-based film festival. The first edition took place October 20-22 at the TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood for a sold-out audience of 5,000. ANIMATION IS FILM embraces the highest aspirations of animation as a cinematic art form and is a vocal advocate for filmmakers who push the boundaries of their work to the fullest range of expression that the medium is capable of.
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.