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HIDIVE’s “The Tunnel to Summer, The Exit of Goodbyes” to Receive Theatrical Run via IFC Films in November

Romantic Fantasy to Open in Theaters Throughout the United States on November 3;
World English Dub Premiere & Movie Panel to Take Place at New York Comic Con

HOUSTON, TX  September 27, 2023 — HIDIVE, AMC Networks’ fast-growing anime streaming service, and IFC Films unveiled today their U.S. theatrical release for the critically acclaimed anime film The Tunnel to Summer, the Exit of Goodbyes. The highly anticipated romantic fantasy, which is based on the popular light novel and manga series of the same name by Mei Hachimoku, will open in theaters starting Friday, November 3 throughout the United States. The Tunnel to Summer, the Exit of Goodbyes recently took top honors in the feature film category at the 2023 Annecy International Animation Festival in France where it was awarded the coveted Paul Grimault Award. The film will be presented in both Japanese with English subtitles and English dub depending on date and theater location. As part of today’s news, the companies also revealed they will be hosting a special movie panel featuring the stars of the English dub during New York Comic Con (“NYCC”) alongside the earlier announced World English Dub Premiere. The premiere and panel will take place on Thursday, October 12 at 7:30 pm Eastern in Room 405 of the Javits Center at NYCC.

“We are excited to team with IFC Films on the U.S. release of The Tunnel to Summer, the Exit of Goodbyes,” said John Ledford, President of HIDIVE. “This award-winning and critically acclaimed film is sure to wow audiences. Anime fans will not want to miss this limited theatrical release in November!”

Tickets for The Tunnel to Summer, the Exit of Goodbyes will be available for purchase starting Tuesday, October 10 at, which also provides a complete list of theater locations (subject to change). Tickets will also be available via participating theater box offices as well.

“The Tunnel to Summer, the Exit of Goodbyes”

Country: Japan

Original Language: Japanese 

Runtime: 83 min

Light Novel and Manga Original Author: Mei Hachimoku

Director: Tomohisa Taguchi

Screenplay: Tomohisa Taguchi

Character Design: Tomomi Yabuki

Animation Director: Seiji Tachikawa, Tomomi Yabuki, Toruo Hasegawa, Yasuhisa Kato

Art Director: Yuki Hatakeyama

CG Director: Tsukasa Saito

Editor: Akinori Mishima

Music: Harumi Fuuki

Sound Director: Riki Ida

Sound Production: Studio Mausu

Setting Producer: Shingo Nishikawa

Producer: Akinosuke Kanazawa, Keijiro Taguchi, Makiko Mameda

Production Company: Pony Canyon

Animation Studio: CLAP

Japanese Voice Cast 

Kaoru Tono – Oji Suzuka

Anzu Hanashiro – Marie Iitoyo

Shohei Kaga – Yu Hatanaka

Koharu Kawasaki – Arisa Komiya

Mr. Hamamoto – Haruka Terui

Kaoru’s Father – Rikiya Koyama

Karen Tono – Seiran Kobayashi

Official Synopsis

Kaoru Tono heard a rumor: The laws of space and time mean nothing to the Urashima Tunnel. If you find it, walk through and you’ll find your heart’s desire on the other side…in exchange for years of your own life. One night, Kaoru just so happens to find himself standing in front of a tunnel that looks suspiciously like the one the rumor describes. He finds himself thinking of Karen, the sister he lost in an accident five years ago. To Kaoru’s surprise, he’s been followed by the new transfer student Anzu Hanashiro, who promises to help him experiment with the mysterious tunnel—but what does she want from Kaoru in exchange? And what will he have left to give, after the tunnel’s done with him? 

Official Trailer (Subtitled)

Follow The Tunnel to Summer, the Exit of Goodbyes on social media with hashtag #TunnelToSummer.

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HIDIVE, the newest addition to AMC Network’s portfolio of targeted streaming services, offers the best in anime and live-action entertainment to both die-hard otaku and burgeoning fans of Japanese pop-culture. In addition to its extensive library of movies and episodic series, each season HIDIVE brings a new selection of the latest titles from Japan in both simulcast and exclusive DUBCAST™ editions – all of which can be viewed on a wide array of platforms including web browsers, smartphones, TVs, streaming devices, and gaming consoles. For more information on HIDIVE or to sign-up for a free 7-day trial, visit


IFC Films is a leading distributor of independent film, owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc. Its distribution model makes independent films available to a national audience by releasing them in theaters as well as on cable’s Video On Demand (VOD) and digital platforms. Some of the company’s successes over the years have included BOYHOOD, THE DEATH OF STALIN, FRANCES HA, MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING, Y TU MAMA TAMBIEN, THE BABADOOK, TOUCHING THE VOID, 4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS AND 2 DAYS, CHE, SUMMER HOURS, ANTICHRIST, IN THE LOOP, JOAN RIVERS: A PIECE OF WORK, TINY FURNITURE and CARLOS, among others.

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