Japanese animator Hiroyuki Yamaga’s hit science fiction film ‘Royal Space Force: The Wings of Honnêamise’ is getting a 4K home video release for its 35th Anniversary thanks to a collaboration between Section23 Films and Bandai Namco Filmworks Inc.
Sentai Filmworks said on their website, “Section23 will offer the Japanese special edition of the product, complete with English subtitles, English dub, and gorgeous bonus features perfect for the discerning collector. Extra features include an audio version of the Pilot Film never released on laser disc, a BGM collection accompanied with many Image Boards, the “Document File,” released only in 1987, and more! The product will be distributed in North America concurrently with the Japanese distribution, allowing fans abroad immediate access to this exciting and exclusive rerelease.”
The film did not get an English dub until 1994 from Manga Entertainment with David A. Thomas, Heidi Lenhart, Wendee Lee, Bryan Cranston, and Steve Bulen starring.
You can watch the trailer below:
MyAnimeList describes the synopsis as follows,
“Shirotsugh “Shiro” Lhadatt may be a cadet in the Kingdom of Honneamise’s Royal Space Force (RSF), but he has never been in space before—in fact, nobody has. The RSF is often regarded as a failure both by the country’s citizens and a government more interested in precipitating a war with a neighboring country than scientific achievement. Following the funeral of a fellow cadet, an unmotivated Shiro is walking in the city one night, when he bumps into Riquinni Nonderaiko, a young, pious woman, genuinely enthusiastic about the significance of space exploration.
As the two gradually bond, Riquinni’s encouragement inspires Shiro to volunteer as a pilot for a prospective rocket ship, potentially becoming Honneamise’s first man in space. Shiro and the RSF are soon joined by a team of elderly but eager scientists and engineers, and together, they embark on a mission to mold their nation’s space program into a success. However, their efforts soon catch the attention of the government, which seems to have a different plan for the RSF in mind. Even as the odds are stacked against them, these men and women continue to stubbornly look to the sky, because somewhere among the frontiers of space may lie humanity’s last chance at redemption.”
Hiroyuki Yamaga worked on the film as both the director and writer. The movie was released in 1987 by the production companies Gainax, Bandai Visual, and Toho-Towa.