Philippine theater chain SM Cinema has officially announced on their Facebook page that the much-awaited anime movie Love Live! The School Idol Movie will premiere on Wednesday, October 7.
The film will be screened exclusively in selected SM Cinema branches, which will be shown in Japanese audio with English subtitles.
The movie will be distributed by Singapore-based licensing company SOZO Pte. Ltd.
The story of the film begins after the events of the second season, at the graduation ceremony of the third-year students. Knowing that the graduation of the third-year members means the end of μ’s, the nine girls take a walk around the school filled with memories. However, when the students attempt to leave the school gates, a single email is sent to them, and the curtain on a new story for μ’s begins. (Synopsis from SM Cinema)
Love Live! The School Idol Movie is an animated movie adaptation of the highly-popular Love Live! School Idol Project, which is a Japanese multimedia project co-produced by Dengeki G’s magazine of ASCII Media Works, music label Lantis, and animation studio Sunrise.
Takahiko Kyougoku, who directed the two anime adaptations, scriptwriter Jukki Hanada and character designer Yuhei Murota also worked on the movie adaptation, which has been produced by anime studio Sunrise.
The English-language version of the idol project previously announced last April that the movie will be released throughout the world, including countries in Southeast Asia like the Philippines, Singapore and Indonesia.
Japanese websites reported that the movie has earned more than JPY2.4 billion (about PHP92.7 billion) in the Japanese box office since August 16, 2015.