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Goodbye Don Glees!

Beyond Ghibli

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In the tradition of Stand By Me and The Sandlot, this is a tale of childhood friendship and misadventure. Teen misfits Roma, Toto, and Drop call themselves the “Don Glees,” an informal club. After the trio is falsely accused of causing a forest fire, they set off into the woods to locate a missing drone which would prove their innocence. Things go awry, but the expedition will cement their bond.

Director Atsuko Ishizuka follows up her critically acclaimed series A Place Further Than the Universe with her first original feature film. Goodbye, Don Glees! is a tender coming-of-age story about the fearlessness of being young and the bittersweet journey of self-discovery.

What a lovely, unashamedly emotional and affectionate look at friendship.

Cath Clarke, The Guardian

With gorgeous visuals and a touching story that also doesn’t shy away from breaking your heart… Ishizuka-san’s Goodbye, Don Glees! is a special little film.

James Perkins, Starburst


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In Japanese with English subtitles


Open to youth!

94 min

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Atsuko Ishizuka


Yuki Kawashita


Kashiko Kimura

Original Music

Yoshiaki Fujisawa

Art Director

Ayano Okamoto

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