“THE TUNNEL TO SUMMER, THE EXIT OF GOODBYES” Now Showing Exclusively at SM Cinemas

Wishes granted come with a price in the award-winning and highly-acclaimed YA romantic drama anime film “The Tunnel to Summer, The Exit of Goodbyes”. This year’s recipient of the highly coveted Paul Grimault Prize at the Annecy International Animation Festival, the film is inspired by the award-winning novel of the same name by Mei Hachimoku and illustrated by Kukka. The movie is directed by Tomohisa Taguchi with Tomomi Yabuki as character designer and chief animation director.

The film’s main characters Kaoru and Anzu are voiced by  Ouji Suzuka and Marie Iitoyo respectively.  Supporting characters are voiced by Tasuku Hatanaka as Shouhei Kaga, Arisa Komiya as Koharu Kawasaki, Haruka Terui as Mr. Hamamoto, Rikiya Koyama as Kaoru’s Father, and Seiran Kobayashi as Karen Touno.

“The Tunnel to Summer, The Exit of Goodbyes” is a reality-defying coming-of-age romantic drama that follows teenagers Kaoru and Anzu as they discover about the rumored fantastical Urashima Tunnel. Rumor has it that laws of space and time mean nothing to the Urashima Tunnel where wishes come true once you’ve walked through it.  One night, after an argument with his father, Kaoru walks away and is fatefully led in front of a tunnel that has been described in the rumors. Finally standing in front of the tunnel, he finds himself thinking of his sister Karen whom he lost in an accident five years ago. Yearning for his sister, Kaoru returns to the tunnel only to find out that he’s been followed by his classmate, Anzu. A newcomer in their school, Kaoru’s first awkward meeting with Anzu at the town’s train station blossoms into friendship as they try to discover the secrets that the time-twisting tunnel holds.  As they continue to explore the tunnel and realize that time moves faster inside the tunnel, the two unconsciously develop a deeper bond while healing their pain from the past. With Kaoru wishing to undo the untimely death of his sister and Anzu seeking to escape the pain that’s plagued her growing up, together they must resolve whether their wishes are worth the cost of the sacrifice they have to make.

A stunning, beautiful story of one’s first love set at the backdrop of a fantastical tale, “The Tunnel to Summer, The Exit of Goodbyes” has received rave reviews and is currently rated 100%  fresh at Rotten Tomatoes.  

Enter “The Tunnel of Summer, The Exit of Goodbyes” when it opens November 1 – exclusive at SM Cinemas, from Encore Films distributed by Warner Bros. Check your favorite SM Cinemas for online ticket purchase. 
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