Modest heroes are finding big prospects in the west.
Earlier today, Fathom Events started streaming an English dub teaser for Ponoc Short Films Theater: Modest Heroes. The 30-second preview offers a brief glimpse of each of the three stories in the film.
Ponoc Short Films Theater: Modest Heroes will open in North American theaters on January 10 (subtitled) and January 12 (dubbed). More than five hundred theaters will carry the film across the continent.
Three shorts will be included:
- Kanini & Kanino: A fantasy tale about two crab siblings. Run Time: 15 minutes.
- Life Ain’t Gonna Lose (Samurai Egg): A human drama that displays the love between a mother and her son. Run Time: 15 minutes
- Invisible (Tōmei Ningen): A self-proclaimed “spectacle action” short that focuses on the lonesome trials of an invisible man. Run Time: 14 Minutes
Each of the shorts features a different director:
- Kanini & Kanino: Hiromasa Yonebayashi (Mary and The Witch’s Flower, The Secret World of Arrietty)
- Life Ain’t Gonna Lose: Yoshiyuki Momose (Ghiblies Episode 2, Space Station No. 9)
- Invisible: Akihiko Yamashita (A Sumo Wrestler’s Tail)
All three directors previously worked at Studio Ghibli on projects. Kanini & Kanino will be Yonebayashi’s first original feature.
The film’s composers are as follows:
- Kanini & Kanino: Takatsugu Muramatsu
- Life Ain’t Gonna Lose: Masanori Shimada
- Invisible: Yasutaka Nakata
Fathom Events describes the film as:
Studio Ponoc, the new animation studio founded by two-time Academy Award®-nominee Yoshiaki Nishimura (The Tale of The Princess Kaguya, When Marnie Was There) and featuring many artists from the venerable Studio Ghibli, made an immediate splash with their acclaimed debut film Mary and The Witch’s Flower last year. The studio returns this year with Modest Heroes, an ambitious anthology of three thrilling tales created by some of the greatest talents working in Japanese animation today.
Together, the stories (Kanini & Kanino, Life Ain’t Gonna Lose, Invisible) explore ideas of heroism in everyday life, and the infinite potential of the short film format allows the directors and Studio Ponoc to experiment with breathtaking, action-packed visuals, concise human drama, and gorgeous fantasy worlds in this unforgettable showcase that is further demonstration of the studio’s exciting future.
Source: Twitter (FathomEvents)