FUNimation Entertainment to Release Animated Coming of Age Romance Film Josee, The Tiger and the Fish on July 12, 2021 in Select Theaters

Just in time for Summer romance, FUNimation, the market leader in anime serving fans worldwide, is bringing the heart-warming, animated film Josee, The Tiger and the Fish to select theaters in the United States and Canada from July 12-14, 2021. The film is in Japanese with English subtitles and dubbed. Tickets are on sale June 18, 2021. For more information visit funimation.com/josee.

The emotional and cinematic coming-of-age love story is directed by Kotaro Tamura and produced by studio Bones. The film is 98 minutes and unrated.

The film follows an unlikely pair, Josee, a gifted artist and disabled woman struggling to find purpose, and Tsuneo Suzukawa, a passionate scuba diver. The duo come together out of necessity and find they have a shared passion. Josee, The Tiger and the Fish is based on a 1985 short story written by Akutagawa Prize-winning author Seiko Tanabe.

“With sweeping animation that draws audiences into the story, studio Bones and Kataro Tamura have created a moving tale about human connection,” said Mitchel Berger, FUNimation Global Group’s Senior Vice President of Commerce. “FUNimation is proud to bring the film to theaters this July.”

The film was released in Japan in 2020 and nominated for Best Animation in the 75th Mainichi Film Awards and Animation of the Year for the 44th Japan Academy Film Prize.

Film Synopsis:
Tsuneo, an ordinary college student and avid diver, unexpectedly becomes the caretaker of a wheelchair-bound young woman in order to raise money for this dream to go diving in Mexico. This young woman, who calls herself Josee after her favorite book character, is sullen and demanding, but as Tsuneo helps Josee interact with the outside world and learns more about Josee’s unique perspective, their feelings grow into love. The two begin to support each other in ways beyond just romance.

Fathom Events Schedules the Release of the Josee, the Tiger and the Fish Anime Film

The Fandom Post is reporting that Fathom Events is listing a July 12, 2021 debut date for the Josee, the Tiger and the Fish anime film. The film is scheduled to screen with English subtitles through July 14, 2021 at AMC Theaters.

The film is directed by Kotaro Tamura based on the screenplay by Sayaka Kuwamura. Haruka Iizuka is adapting the character designs from Nao Emoto.

The story of Josee, the Tiger and the Fish is described as:

Tsuneo, an ordinary college student and avid diver, unexpectedly becomes the caretaker of a wheelchair-bound young woman in order to raise money for this dream to go diving in Mexico. This young woman, who calls herself Josee after her favorite book character, is sullen and demanding, but as Tsuneo helps Josee interact with the outside world and learns more about Josee’s unique perspective, their feelings grow into love. The two begin to support each other in ways beyond just romance.

Source: The Fandom Post

The Deer King, Josee, The Tiger and the Fish, and Poupelle of Chimney Town Films to Compete at Annecy

The Annecy International Animation Film Festival has announced the official selection of films that will compete at the 2021 event. Masashi Ando’s The Deer King (Shika no Ō), Kotaru Tamura’s Josee, The Tiger and the Fish, and Yusuke Hirota’s Poupelle of Chimney Town will compete in the Features category.

Science SARU and Masaaki Yuasa’s Japan Sinks: 2020 anime series is competing in the TV Films category. The anime had also been selected to compete in the TV Films category last year.

Established in 1960, Annecy is the world’s oldest and largest animation film festival. This year’s event will run from June 14-19, 2021 in the French town of the same name, and it will celebrate the event’s 60th anniversary.

Source: ANN