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Ghibliotheque presents... PROMARE

Ghibliotheque presents... PROMARE

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Ghibliotheque presents... PROMARE

  • Directed by Hiroyuki Imaishi
  • 2019 | 112mins | Japan | (12A)

A global disaster known as the Great Earth Blaze introduces the world to the Burnish, a population of humans graced with pyro-kinetic powers. Futuristic firefighters Burning Rescue are the planet’s first line of defence against further catastrophe – but the true danger may lie elsewhere.


From the anime series Gurren Lagann to Kill la Kill to, most recently, Cyberpunk Edgerunners, director Hiroyuki Imaishi and his collaborators at Studio Trigger have become known for intense, colourful, action-packed animation. For the studio’s first feature film, they were reportedly inspired by a team meal at a hamburger joint, sparking their imagination to make the ultimate fast-food anime: full-throttle, full of flavour and fabulously overblown. In the tradition of Redline, which Imaishi worked on as key animator, Promare is a technicolour treat: an eyeball-melting marvel that must be seen on the big screen.


Ghibliotheque presents is a monthly screening series at the Prince Charles that showcases the best of Japanese animation. Each screening is picked and introduced by Michael Leader and Jake Cunningham, co-hosts of the animation podcast Ghibliotheque and co-authors of the Ghibliotheque Anime Movie Guide, which charts a path through the wildly creative and influential anime industry with 30 standout feature films, from Akira to Your Name.