The upcoming fantasy film based on the novel series The Deer King will premiere September 10th.
The Deer King is a Japanese fantasy series by author Nahoko Uehashi, who also wrote the Kemono no Souja (The Beast Player) and Seirei no Moribito (Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit) series. Both of which have received anime adaptations in the past.
A new trailer was released along with the release date and can be found on Twitter below.
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— 映画『鹿の王 ユナと約束の旅』【公式】9月10日全国公開！ (@shikanoou_movie) April 1, 2021
You can find the rundown of the series (via the author’s official English site) below.
“The Lone Antlers, a band of death warriors, gave their lives to save their homeland from the empire of Zol. Van, their leader and the sole survivor, is enslaved in a salt mine. One night, savage dogs attack the mine, and soon after, a mysterious disease wipes out both the slaves and their keepers. Van, however, escapes with a little girl called Yuna.”
“Someone has kidnapped Yuna, and Van sets off in pursuit. Meanwhile, Hohsalle, a gifted physician, searches for a cure for the disease that is spreading among the Zolian settlers. What path will these men choose to save their loved ones and the people of this land?”
“The threat of a Black Wolf Fever epidemic has passed, but the Zolian Empire has been plunged into a struggle for succession. At the invitation of the priest-doctor Mana, Hohsalle and Milalle travel to the place where the healing arts of the Pure Heart Creed originated. While there, they not only uncover the surprising history of Zolian medicine, but inadvertently become embroiled in the dispute for the imperial throne.”
Masashi Ando will be making his directorial debut after a long history of character design and animation directing with Ghibli and other studios.