AX Cinema Nights for the North American premiere of The House of the Lost on the Cape

AX Cinema Nights for the North American premiere of The House of the Lost on the Cape, an Official Selection at the 2022 Annecy International Film Festival which will have a red carpet opening night on September 7th. The film will initially open in Los Angeles and New York, then expand to several other markets in North America over the following weeks. Anime fans will be able to watch both versions of the film (original Japanese audio with English subtitles and original English audio) in participating theaters nationwide.

Tickets and locations will be available on the AX Cinema Nights website soon. For the latest updates, please visit us at

What is the film about?

Based on the award-winning Japanese novel Misaki no Mayoiga written by Sachiko Kashiwaba, who also wrote Kiri no Mukō no Fushigi na Machi, the inspiration behind Hayao Miyasaki’s Spirited Away (2001), the film adaptation is set in Iwate Prefecture after the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami devastated the area. The story follows 17-year-old run-away Yui and 8-year-old orphan Hiyori, who are taken in by Kiwa, a strange old woman who offers to let them stay in an abandoned yet suspiciously well-kept house overlooking the sea, known as a Mayoiga: a legendary house said to look after lost travelers. Despite Yui’s hesitation to trust anyone and Hiyori’s inability to speak, they begin to form a sisterly bond that allows them to find comfort in the Mayoiga and embrace Kiwa’s hospitality. However, when a menacing entity is accidentally released and threatens their new home, the three must face their fears to save it.

Making his film directorial debut, The House of the Lost on the Cape was directed by Shinya Kawatsura (known for Non Non Biyori, Kokoro Connect, Sagrada Reset) and written by Reiko Yoshida (known for A Silent Voice, Violet Evergarden, K-On!) which premiered in Japan August 27, 2021, as part of the “Zutto Ōen Project 2011 + 10” project in commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. The film was animated by David Production (Known for JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure series, Cells at Work!). Earlier this year, the film won Best Animation Film at the 76th Annual Mainichi Film Awards.

What to expect at AX Cinema Nights?

Anime Expo® and Iconic Events Releasing launched AX Cinema Nights earlier this year with the U.S. release of Eleven Art’s Ryoma: Prince of Tennis (2022). AX Cinema Nights is an in-person movie event series that celebrates the best new and classic anime films brought to local theaters across North America. AX Cinema Nights will now give anime fans nationwide an opportunity to gather as a community at your local movie theater and share their love for anime films. If you’re interested in a group booking, please contact us at [email protected]

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About Anime Expo:

Anime Expo (AX®) brings together fans and industry from Japan, the US, and all over the world for the largest celebration of Japanese pop culture in North America. Taking place every year since 1992, Anime Expo features the best in Japanese animation, popular art, entertainment, music, fashion, and video games. SPJA is the parent company that presents Anime Expo, and our theatrical series “AX Anime Expo Cinema Nights” is a sub-brand of Anime Expo. For more information, visit

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