Japanese Film Festival | Satellite
Adventure, Anime

The Deer King


Directed by: Masashi Andō and Masayuki Miyaji

Year: 2021

Length: 113 minutes

Classification rating: Unclassified 15+

Screens in: Perth, Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney

Official website

A high-fantasy anime adventure

Production I.G, the acclaimed anime studio that brought us Ghost in the Shell and Miss Hokusai, is back with a new masterpiece, bringing to life Nahoko Uehashi’s fantasy novel series The Deer King. Taking place in the years following a vicious war, The Deer King tells the epic fantasy story of a world fallen prey to the deadly Black Wolf disease. The Zolian Empire is hit by the plague while the people of Aquafa remain immune to it. Only a few have managed to outlive the disease; former soldier Van, who is the sole survivor of his clan, and a little girl called Yuna. The two find themselves caught up in the conflict, as they are believed to be the cure to the epidemic.

The Deer King is a high-fantasy delight that delivers sumptuous animation, entrancing characters and slick action scenes. In his directorial debut, Masashi Andō (character design of Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away) creates a hopeful tale of resilience that reinforces the importance of having strong personal bonds.

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Audience warning: Contains some violence

Friday 5th November

Palace Raine Square, Perth

Sold out

Saturday 13th November

Palace Barracks, Brisbane

Tuesday 23rd November

The Kino, Melbourne

Sunday 28th November

The Kino, Melbourne

Sunday 28th November

Palace Verona, Sydney

Selling fast

Saturday 4th December

Palace Norton Street, Sydney

Director: Masashi Andō and Masayuki Miyaji

Production Company: Production I.G

Cast: Anne Watanabe, Hisui Kimura, Ryōma Takeuchi and Shinichi Tsutsumi

Genre: Adventure, Anime

Language(s): Japanese with English subtitles