We are less than two weeks out from the release of the highly anticipated film Pompo: The Cinéphile in Japanese theaters. The film was originally scheduled for a Fall 2020 release, but because of COVID-19, that inevitably got pushed back to June. Today, CLAP, the studio behind the production, shared a new trailer leading up to the release of the film.
The film looks adorable and might be one of the few movies that I actually have to go see in a theater. If you haven’t been keeping up with the news surrounding Pompo: The Cinéphile let me give you a quick debrief: Pompo was initially started as a manga by Shogo Sugitani, who started posting the manga on Pixiv back in 2017 under the username NingenPlamo. The manga drew a huge amount of attention because of its quality, and was nominated for the 11th Manga Taisho awards in 2018. The manga will also be getting an English release this Summer from Seven Seas Entertainment who outlines the story as follows:
Gene Fini is a production assistant and film fanatic in the movie capital Nyallywood, working on popcorn films with the baby-faced movie producer Joelle Davidovich ‘Pompo’ Pomponette. When Gene finds a script written by Pompo, he’s blown away, and insists it should be brought to life. Pompo challenges him to do it himself, so now Gene is officially directing his first feature film! The hours are long and the challenges are endless, but Gene’s passion for movies will fuel him through the gauntlet of making his.
Seeing that 4 June 2021 falls on a Friday, and assuming that the movie doesn’t get delayed again because of COVID-19, I think I know what I’m going to be doing in two weeks.