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The Tunnel to Summer, the Exit of Goodbyes (2023)

Opens on November 3

Director: Tomohisa Taguchi Run Time: 83 min. Release Year: 2022

Starring: Arisa Komiya, Haruka Terui, Marie Iitoyo, Ouji Suzuka, Tasuku Hatanaka

Country: Japan
Language: Japanese with English subtitles

About the film:

Winner of the Paul Grimault Award at Annecy 2023

The Urashima Tunnel can grant any wish… for a price. High school boy Kaoru, plagued by a troubled past, teams up with Anzu, a girl who struggles to place obligations before her dreams, to investigate the Tunnel. But the cost of their hearts’ desires may be too high to pay. This is an unforgettable summer story of nostalgia, young love and bending time itself.

“ravishingly beautiful”

—Wendy Ide, Screen International

About the filmmaker:

Tomohisa Taguchi is a Japanese animator, director, storyboard artist and screenwriter. He worked on several Persona anime and made his feature directorial debut in 2014 with Persona 3 The Movie: #2 Midsummer Knight’s Dream. He followed up with the feature Persona 3 the Movie: #4 Winter of Rebirth (2016) and Digimon Adventure: Last Evolution Kizuna (2020) as well as episodes of the on-going anime Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War and the award-winning anime Akudama Drive (2020).

His Annecy prize-winning feature The Tunnel to Summer, the Exit of Goodbyes (2023) is produced by Pony Canyon with animation by Clap Animation Studio.

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