Anime Limited have announced that Josee, The Tiger and the Fish, a romantic drama anime film from Studio BONES (My Hero Academia), will open in selected cinemas across the UK and Ireland from 11th August 2021.
An adaptation of a short story by award-winning author Seiko Tanabe, Josee, the Tiger and the Fish is about Kumiko “Josee” Yamamura, a stubborn and sharp-tongued girl who has lived her life stuck in a home ill-fit for her disabilities, hidden away from the judgemental “tigers” outside. When she meets aspirational college student Tsuneo Suzukawa, however, the two start to see the world and what they want from it in a different light. Anime Limited describes the film as:
With dreams of diving abroad, Tsuneo gets a job assisting Josee, an artist whose imagination takes her far beyond her wheelchair. But when the tide turns against them, they push each other to places they never thought possible, and inspire a love fit for a storybook.
The film is the feature directorial debut of Kotaru Tamura, who previously helmed both seasons of the Noragami television series, and served as assistant director on Mamoru Hosoda’s Wolf Children. The film also features character designs by Nao Emoto (illustrator of Mari Okada’s O Maidens in their Savage Season manga), and a soundtrack by Evan Call (Violet Evergarden).
Josee, the Tiger and the Fish had its world premiere as the closing film of the Busan International Film Festival last October, before releasing in Japan on Christmas Day 2020. The film was also the subject of a behind-the-scenes “in progress” segment that was streamed in October 2020 for a limited time as part of Scotland Loves Anime 2020 on Anime Limited’s now-defunct streaming service, Screen Anime.
Screenings and booking information can be found at the film’s official website www.JoseeFilm.co.uk