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The anime studio Sunrise announced at Tokyo International Anime Fair 2009 on Friday that Summer Days with Coo director Keiichi Hara is overseeing a new theatrical film called Colorful for a projected 2010 opening. The film is based on Eto Mori's young adults' novel of the same name, which won the Sankei Children's Publishing Cultural Prize in 1999. Shun Nakahara (Tomie: Forbidden Fruit) already directed a live-action film version of the same novel in 2000 with actor Koki Tanaka.
The "heart-warming comedy" follows a person who finds himself trapped outside the normal endless circle of life and death. Thanks to "winning" a lottery in the angel world, the protagonist is brought back to inhabit the body of a 14-year-old boy — who is planning to commit suicide. Thus, the protagonist begins a new life.
The film is one of three films planned for 2009 and beyond that were discussed during Animax Broadcast Japan's "Japanese Anime: Next Generation" panel on Friday. The other two are Mamoru Hosoda's Summer Wars and Hideaki Anno's Evangelion: 2.0 You Can [Not] Advance. The stage panel will be televised as a special on the Animax channel in Japan this June.
Note: Neither the novel nor its two film adaptations are related to Torajirou Kishi's Colorful risque comedy manga and its television anime series adaptation.
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