Anime Film ‘Giovanni’s Island’ Headed To A DVD Release

Film distributors GKids and Shout Factory are releasing the Japanese historical fiction film ‘Giovanni’s Island’ for home video release and digital streaming platforms. The 2014 animated movie was a huge hit at the box office in Japan and would go on to win Best Animation Film at the 2014 69th Mainichi Film Awards.

“From Production I.G, the studio behind Ghost in the Shell and The Deer King, and director Mizuho Nishikubo comes the award-winning historical drama Giovanni’s Island,” GKids said on their website.

They added, “The beautiful, hand-drawn film will bow on Blu-ray™ and all major digital platforms on February 21, 2023 from GKIDS, with distribution by Shout! Factory. The 2014 feature garnered fourteen recognitions worldwide, including the Jury distinction at the 2014 Annecy International Animated Film Festival, both Children’s and Adult Jury Prizes at the 31st Chicago International Children’s Film Festival, and the Satoshi Kon Award for best animated feature at the Fantasia Film Festival.”

The Blu-Ray boxset will include several bonus features including a music video from the film’s “Troika” song and an art gallery from the movie. It will also include an interview with voice actress Polina Ilyushenko who performs the role of Tanya.

You can take a look at the DVD box art below:

GKids described the synopsis as follows,

“Brothers Junpei and Kanta live in Shikotan, a tiny fishing island that has been spared from the devastations of World War II. The two children are named after Giovanni and Campanella from their late mother’s favorite book, Night on the Galactic Railroad, which becomes a source of solace in the aftermath of Japan’s defeat. When Soviet forces arrive with their families to settle in the island, Junpei meets Tanya, the daughter of the commander. Despite their language barrier and growing tension, the children soon form an unlikely friendship.”

The film’s story was conceived by Shigemichi Sugita who co-wrote the screenplay with Yoshiki Sakurai.

Jacob Airey

Jacob Airey is a writer, nerd, YouTube host, movie reviewer, and pop culture critic. He started the website StudioJakeMedia.com in 2012 where he covers a vast variety of topics including film, TV, anime, music, and faith. He is also the author of The Seven Royals fantasy novel series.

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