Canadian Theatrical News: Napping Princess

GKIDS is bringing Kenji Kamiyama and SIGNAL.MD’s (a Production I.G. sister company) Napping Princess to select art house cinemas in North America this month. The film opened in Japan in March and received a Hulu Japan-only spinoff short, Ancien and the Magic Tablet ~Another Napping Princess~. Yen Press has been releasing Hana Ichika’s manga adaptation in English simultaneously with Japan.

A veteran of Production I.G., Kamiyama not only directed the wholly original feature film, he also wrote its script. Eden of the East’s Satoko Morikawa designed the characters, while Heroman’s Shigeto Koyama handled the mechanical work. Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts regular Yoko Shimomura is behind the film’s score.

The year is 2020, three days before the opening of the Tokyo Olympics. While she should be studying for her exams, Kokone Morikawa is often dozing off, stuck between reality and a dream-world full of fantastic motorized contraptions. But after her father, a talented but mysterious mechanic, is arrested for stealing technology from a powerful corporation, it’s up to Kokone and her childhood friend Morio to save him. Together they realize that Kokone’s dream-world holds the answers to the mystery behind the stolen tech, and they embark on a journey that traverses dreams and reality, city and country, and past and present. Their mission uncovers a trail of clues to her father’s disappearance and ultimately a surprising revelation about Kokone’s family.

From visionary director Kenji Kamiyama (Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex and Eden of the East) comes a sci-fi fantasy that effortlessly weaves together the rapidly evolving technology of today’s world with the fantastic imagination of the next generation. With an ambitious mix of multilayered action, whimsical characters and inventive machines, Napping Princess is a genre- and universe-blending film that shows that following your dreams is sometimes the best way to discover your past.

Kitchener/Waterloo, Ontario Princess Cinemas – Princess Original 09/22 @ 9PM, 09/23 @ 9PM, 09/24 @ 4:40PM
St. Catharines, Ontario First Ontario Performing Arts Centre 10/14 @ 4PM, 10/21 @ 4PM, 10/28 @ 4PM, 11/4 @ 4PM
Ste. Foy, Quebec Cinéma Le Clap 10/13 @ 9PM,
10/14 @ 9PM, 10/15 @ 5PM, 10/16 @ 5PM, 10/17 @ 5PM, 10/18 @ 5PM, 10/19 @ 7PM
Vancouver, British Columbia Rio Theatre 09/16 @ 3:30PM, 09/19 @ 6:30PM, 09/24 @ 1:15PM

The film was previously screened in Montreal through the Fantasia Film Festival on July 22nd, and in Toronto on August 20th through the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre.

While an English dub has been screened in the United Kingdom, the North American run is expected to solely be in Japanese with English subtitles. Keep your eyes on GKIDS’ official page for the film in case of any last minute changes.

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