Kubo and the Two Strings Heading to Japan
LAIKA has recently inked a new distribution deal with GAGA Corporation, under which their latest film Kubo and the Two Strings will get a Japanese release. While the exact release date is still pending, the announcement confirms it for 2017. GAGA is noted for also distributing LAIKA’s first feature film, Coraline.
The release is notable as Kubo and the Two Strings’ is intentionally inspired by Japanese culture and themes. LAIKA CEO and animator Travis Knight admits that the film is a “love letter to Japan,” an affection that he no doubt developed as an 8 year old kid visiting Tokyo for the first time and falling in love with the breathtaking surroundings.
To the uninitiated, Kubo and the Two Strings first launched in the US in August 2016, focusing on the story of the titular one-eyed young boy who goes on a quest to locate a magical suit of armor worn by his late father, in order to defeat vengeful evil spirits that are hunting him down and seeking to take his remaining eye.
“It is a great opportunity and our honor to distribute Kubo and the Two Strings in Japan,” says GAGA Chairman Tom Yoda. “We distributed LAIKA’s first film Coraline in 2010 and continue to be so impressed by their creativity, craftsmanship and sophisticated technology. These attributes, as well as Travis Knight’s personal impressions of Japan that started with his childhood trips to our country, have helped LAIKA to reflect the inherent spiritual culture and sensitive world of Japan in this magnificent film. We are greatly honored to be appointed by LAIKA as the Japanese distributor and we are confident that the film will continue to enjoy success during awards season. We are sure that Japanese audience will enjoy their experience of Kubo and the Two Strings, ensuring great success for the film. “
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