GKIDS Releases Giovanni's Island Anime Film on BD, Digitally on February 21
GKIDS announced on Monday that it and Shout! Factory will release Production I.G's Giovanni's Island anime film on Blu-ray Disc and digital platforms in North America on February 21. The company streamed an English-subtitled trailer:
GKIDS describes the story:
Brothers Junpei and Kanta live in Shikotan, a tiny fishing island that has been spared from the devastations of World War II. The two children are named after Giovanni and Campanella from their late mother's favorite book, Night on the Galactic Railroad, which becomes a source of solace in the aftermath of Japan's defeat.
When Soviet forces arrive with their families to settle in the island, Junpei meets Tanya, the daughter of the commander. Despite their language barrier and growing tension, the children soon form an unlikely friendship.
Mizuho Nishikubo directed the film at Production I.G, and Shigemichi Sugita and Yoshiki Sakurai wrote the script.
The film opened in Japan in February 2014. The movie won the Jury Distinction prize at Annecy in 2014, and also won Best Animated Film at the 69th annual Mainichi Film Awards in 2015. Other awards include the Satoshi Kon Award for Excellence in Animation at the Fantasia Film Festival in 2014, the Excellence Prize at the 18th Japan Media Arts Festival in 2014, and the Excellence Prize at the 38th Japan Academy Prize in 2015.
Source: Press release