The Deer King
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The Deer King

classified 15 S

Please note: This was screened in Aug 2022

Masashi Ando, Masayuki Miyaji
Anne Watanabe, Hisui Kimura, Ryōma Takeuchi, Shinichi Tsutsumi
120 mins, Subtitled, 2021, Japan
Primary language

In the aftermath of a brutal war, former soldier Van (Shinichi Tsutsumi) toils in a mine controlled by the ruling empire. One day, his solitary existence is upended when a pack of wild wolves carrying a deadly and incurable disease attack, leaving only Van and a young girl named Yuna (Hisui Kimura) as survivors.

Finally free, the pair seek out a simple existence in the countryside, yet are pursued by nefarious political 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 anime.