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Ai Kawashima's Symphony in August Film to Open in August (Update 2)

posted on 2009-06-10 11:51 EDT
Based on autobiography about singer-songwriter's rise from streets of Shibuya

8-gatsu no Symphony —Shibuya 2002~2003 (Symphony in August: Shibuya 2002-2003), a new anime feature film based on the autobiographical essay book of singer-songwriter Ai Kawashima, will open in Japan in August. The movie's official website is streaming a 40-second trailer. The Saigo no Kotoba (Final Words) book follows Kawashima's life after her mother's death, and her pursuit of her singing dreams by performing free concerts on the streets of Tokyo's Shibuya district.

Kawashima has since sung the theme songs for The Place Promised in Our Early Days and One Piece: The Desert Princess and the Pirates: Adventure in Alabasta. She also performed at the Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival in New York City last month.

Misato Fukuen will play the film's "Ai" character, while Keiko Takahashi will play Ai's mother. Akio Nishizawa (JAPAN, Our Homeland, Nitaboh) is writing and directing the film with character designer and animation director Tatsuo Yanagino (Chocchan's Story, First Kiss Story, Lupin III: Part III , Lupin III: The Legend of the Gold of Babylon).

Source: Saishin Anime Jōhō

Image © 8-gatsu no Symphony Production Committee

Update: More background information added.

Update 2: Corrected titles of film and book. Thanks, dormcat.


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