Film opens in Japan on June 4 after COVID-19 delay
The official website for the anime film of Shogo Sugitani‘s Pompo: The Cinéphile (Eiga Daisuki Pompo-san) manga revealed on Saturday that rookie female singer CIEL will perform the film’s theme song “Mado wo Akete” (Open a Window).
The film was slated to open in 2020, but was delayed to a March 19, 2021 opening due to “various circumstances,” and then delayed again to a June 4 opening due to the spread of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
Pompo: The Cinéphile depicts the craft of movie-making and revolves around Joelle Davidovich “Pompo” Pomponette, a talented movie producer who looks like a girl.
Operating out of the movie capital “Nyallywood,” Pompo has been shooting one B-grade entertainment flick after another that anyone would enjoy. One day, Pompo’s “movie buff” assistant Gene spots a new script written by Pompo and is moved by its exquisite story. In a fit of passion, he proclaims, “I want to see this as a finished work in theaters as soon as possible!”
However, Pompo tells him, “So you shoot this film.” Thus, Gene takes on his first directing gig. Meanwhile, Natalie, an ordinary girl who just arrived in town with movie actress dreams, has been discovered by Pompo …
The cast includes:
- Hiroya Shimizu as protagonist Gene Fini
- Konomi Kohara as the titular Joelle Davidovich “Pompo” Pomponett
- Rinka Ōtani as rookie actress Nathalie Woodward
- Ai Kakuma as movie star Mystia
- Akio Ohtsuka as veteran actor and A-list movie star Martin Braddock
Takayuki Hirao (The Garden of Sinners movie 5, God Eater) is directing the film at CLAP. Shingo Adachi (Sword Art Online, Wagnaria!!) is designing the characters. Ryoichiro Matsuo (In This Corner of the World) will serve as producer. Vocaloid producer Iori Kanzaki composed three vocal songs for the film. Virtual singer Kaf performs one insert song “Tatoeba” (For Example), and DUSTCELL vocalist EMA performs the film’s other insert song “Hangyakusha no Bokura” (We the Rebels). In addition, Seiko Niizuma performs the film’s opening number “Dance on Fire.”
Sugitani, who also goes by the pen name Ningen Plamo (“Human Plastic Model”), began posting the manga on the pixiv website in April 2017. Positive word-of-mouth on social networking sites and elsewhere has since led to over 500,000 views of the manga. The manga was nominated for the 11th Manga Taisho awards in 2018. Sugitani launched a spinoff manga titled Fran: The Cinéphile (Eiga Daisuki Fran-chan NYALLYWOOD STUDIOS SERIES) on the pixiv Comic website in July 2018.