From September 13-26, 2012, the Australian distributor Madman Entertainment will screen four recent anime films in theaters: Wolf Children, From Up On Poppy Hill, Children Who Chase Lost Voices and Berserk – The Egg of the King. All four movies will be shown in Japanese with English subtitles.
At this time, each of these films except for Wolf Children has been announced for distribution in the United States. GKIDS will give From Up On Poppy Hill a theatrical release in March 2013, Sentai Filmworks will release Children Who Chase Lost Voices in November 2012 and Viz Media has announced home video rights to the first Berserk film trilogy.
Madman has made screening details, trailers and screenshots for all four films available at reelanime.com, which also provides the below descriptions for each movie.
(From Studio Chizu, directed by Mamoru Hosoda)
When Hana falls in love, it feels like a fairy tale. She starts a family and produces two beautiful children – Yuki (Snow), a girl, and Ame (Rain), a boy. But the family harbours a secret – their father is a ‘Wolf-Man’, half human and half wolf, and has passed his affliction on to his children. The family try to reside discreetly in a quiet corner of the city, but their joyful life is shattered when their father passes away. To live peacefully, Hana must make the difficult decision to move Yuki and Ame to a small town and surround them with nature.
From Up On Poppy Hill
(From Studio Ghibli, directed by Goro Miyazaki)
Set in Yokohama, From Up On Poppy Hill is a high school love story that take place in the year before the 1964 Tokyo Summer Olympics. As the country begins to pick itself up from the devastation of the Second World War, the new generation struggles to move towards a prosperous future whilst trying not to lose the essence of their past. The film’s rich and vibrant animation captures the entrancing beauty of Yokohama’s harbour and lush surrounding hillsides and, with a soundtrack that draws inspiration from the finest music of the time, perfectly captures the thrills of young romance and the hope of a new dawn.
Children Who Chase Lost Voices
(From CoMix Wave Films, directed by Makoto Shinkai)
Having lived a lonely life ever since her father’s passing, Asuna spends her days listening to the otherworldly sounds of a crystal radio, left to her as a memento. Exploring the mountains near her home, Asuna is attacked by a strange beast. A mysterious stranger steps in to save her life, however their acquaintance is tragically cut short when the boy is killed. But when Asuna discovers a gateway to another world, she is overjoyed at the prospect of seeing him again. Alongside a band of friends who hold feelings of hope for their lost ones, Asuna undertakes a journey into a land of legends.
Berserk – The Egg of the King
(From Studio 4°C, directed by Toshiyuki Kubooka)
An epic action-adventure tale set against a dark, European-inspired medieval fantasy world, Berserk – The Egg of the King follows the story of Guts, a lone mercenary renowned for his ferocity and unmatched in a fight especially when armed with his imposing sword, a towering blade as tall as he. His destiny is to eventually become ‘The Black Swordsman’ and he will face untold horrors in battle.
In this first film from The Golden Age Arc trilogy, Guts’ actions in combat capture the attention of Griffith, charismatic leader of the Band of the Hawk mercenaries. Griffith soon moves to recruit Guts into their ranks despite protest from second in command, Casca, whose skill and fiery temper is matched only by loyalty to her comrades. Yet despite a slew of victories and successes, Guts begins to question Griffith’s true purpose, whose ambition may lead them all to a horrible fate.
Based on Kentaro Miura’s bestselling manga series which has sold over 30 million copies worldwide Berserk: The Golden Age Arc trilogy takes the franchise into a bold and exciting new direction. The award winning Studio 4C (Mind Game, Spriggan) bring Berserk to the screen with cutting-edge animation, intricately detailed swordplay and a gripping storyline.