If your a fan of Hayao Miyazaki’s Princess Mononoke, you may want to check out Masashi Ando‘s The Deer King. You won’t have to wait too long as Anime Limited have announced they are set to give the fantasy epic a UK cinemas release next month.
This is Ando‘s directorial feature debut, however Ando is also no stranger to anime. He was the chief animation director on Studio Ghibli’s Princess Mononoke along with Your Name. This film has been co-directed with Masayuki Miyaji (Spirited Away).
The Deer King is the story of an ancient people caught in the midst of a pandemic. Following an enslaved former warrior and young girl who escape an attack, searching for a place to live peacefully. However the disease runs rampant once again fighting to survive once again.
Our writer Freda Cooper watched the film at Edinburgh Film Festival last year gave the film 4 stars. Describing the film as ” stunningly lush animation“, check out below in the Trailer…
In the years following a vicious war, the Empire of Zol now controls the land and citizens of rival Aquafa – except for Aquafa’s Fire Horse Territory, where wild dogs that once carried the deadly Black Wolf Fever continue to roam free. When a pack of dogs race through a Zol-controlled mine, Van, an enslaved former soldier, and a young girl named Yuna are both bitten, but manage to escape as the sole survivors of the attack. Finally free, Van and Yuna seek out a simple, peaceful existence in the countryside. But as the deadly disease once again runs rampant, they find themselves at the crossroads of a struggle much larger than any one nation.
The Deer King will be shown in selected cinemas nationwide from 27th July in Japanese with English subtitles, as well as an English-language dub from 28th July. Head to the film’s official UK Site to find out about local screenings.