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The Deer King – Watch the trailer for the new film from Spirited Away animator, Masashi Ando

In the aftermath of a brutal war, former soldier Van toils in a mine controlled by the ruling empire. One day, his solitary existence is upended when a pack of wild dogs carrying a deadly and incurable disease attack, leaving only Van and a young girl named Yuna as survivors. Finally free, the pair seek out a simple existence in the countryside but are pursued by nefarious forces. Intent on protecting Yuna at all costs, Van must uncover the true cause of the plague ravaging the kingdom—and its possible cure.

The Deer King is a sweeping fantasy epic that marks the directing debut of Masashi Ando, whose work on such landmark films as Spirited Away, Paprika, and Your Name. helped shape the world of modern animation.

The film is based on a series of novels by Nahoko Uehashi, and is co-directed by Masayuki Miyaji.

GKIDS is distributing the film and it will be released in select US cinemas on 13th July 2022.

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