Makoto Shinkai's much-anticipated "The Garden of Words" will have its world premiere at Australia's Gold Coast Film Festival on April 28.
The film will be screened at Birch Carroll and Coyle Pacific Fair Cinemas at the Pacific Fair Shopping Center in Broadbeach, Queensland, on the final day of the April 18-28 film festival.
Shinkai will also make a special guest appearance at the festival to talk about his latest film with fans.
An independent animation creator, Shinkai shot to fame with "The Voices of a Distant Star," released in 2002. He won the hearts of young anime fans with his detailed portrayals of the inner workings of the minds of his characters.
Shinkai went on to receive critical acclaim with "The Place Promised in Our Early Days," "5 Centimeters Per Second" and "Children Who Chase Lost Voices From Deep Below," and has won an enthusiastic fan base worldwide.
Scheduled to open in theaters in Japan on May 31, "The Garden of Words" is a story of rich imagery about the romantic relationship between a boy who wants to be a shoemaker and an older woman.
The Gold Coast Film Festival focuses on genre movies and has developed into a large event dedicated to pop culture in the Asia-Pacific region.
The festival has featured a "Cool Japan" program with works of Japanese animation for the past three years.
This year, "Wolf Children" and "Berserk: The Golden Age Arc 2--The Battle for Doldrey" will be showcased, in addition to the documentary film "Carl Macek’s Robotech Universe."
Macek, a screenwriter and producer, helped generate widespread awareness of Japanese anime by creating "Robotech," a U.S. animated series based on the classic Japanese robot anime series.
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To see the original story in Japanese, go to the official site of "Anime Anime" (http://animeanime.jp/).
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