HIDIVE has announced that it will stream Twittering Birds Never Fly: The Clouds Gather (Saezuru Tori wa Habatakanai: The Clouds Gather), the first film in the trilogy based on Kou Yoneda’s boys-love manga Twittering Birds Never Fly (Saezuru Tori wa Habatakanai), beginning on May 3, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. EDT. The stream will be available in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Scandinavia, and Central and South America.
Sentai Filmworks has licensed all three 60-minute theatrical installments. The license announcement stated in August 2020 that the film’s release will include physical screenings at select theaters and digital screenings for viewing at home. Sentai Filmworks digitally screened the film for a limited time in December 2020, and released it on Blu-ray Disc on February 2, 2021.
The story of the film is described as:
Twittering Birds Never Fly: The Clouds Gather –, the trilogy’s first installment, introduces two steely members of the Yakuza, each with secrets in their past, who occupy trusted and feared positions in the Japanese underworld. Recent parolee, Doumeki, is assigned to guard Yashiro, a mid-level enforcer who deals out daily doses of coercion, retribution and other criminal acts with brutal efficiency. But behind closed doors, their relationship quickly becomes psychologically and physically complicated. Theirs is a story entanglement, tension, power and control.