A Silent Voice, a film that received plenty of positive notices when it was released in Japan last year, launches in U.S. theaters on October 20, 2017. Eleven Arts Anime Studios is the U.S. distributor.
Directed by Naoko Yamada (K-On!) and written by Reiko Yoshida (Digimon, Girls und Panzer), A Silent Voice is based on the manga of the same name by Yoshitoki Oima. The 130-minute film follows the story of Shoya Ishida, a school bully, and Shoko Nishimiya, a deaf mute girl victimized by Ishida’s bullying, and explores how their lives intersect as they grow older.
Produced by Kyoto Animation, A Silent Voice earned nearly $20 million during its Japanese theatrical run, placing it as the tenth-highest-grossing locally-produced film of 2016 in its native Japan.