Naze Ikiru: Rennyo Shōnin to Yoshizaki Enjō (movie)

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Alternative title:
Por Que Vivemos: O Filme (Portuguese)
なぜ生きる (Japanese)
Plot Summary: Ryōken is a young man who lamented his misfortune and despised temples and monks. He had placed all his hope on his unborn child, but an unfortunate incident took everything away from him. In his time of despair and suffering in the dark, Ryōken came across the preachings of the holy priest Rennyo. They tell the answer to "why we live," as revealed by the monk Shinran. Finding new meaning, Ryōken becomes Rennyo's apprentice. Angry at the increase of followers at Honnōdera, the other Buddhist sects chase Rennyo and Ryōken out of Kyoto. Seeking a new place of worship, the two arrive in Yoshizaki (Fukui) in the Hokuriku region.
Vintage: 2016-05-21
Premiere date:
2016-05-21 (Japan)
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Japanese staff
Japanese cast
Director: Hideaki Oba
Music: Tōru Hasabe
Original creator: Kentetsu Takamori
Character Design: Masaaki Kannan
Art Director: Kunihiko Inaba
3D Director: Kana Imagaki
Sound Director: Yasunori Honda
Director of Photography: Shinyo Kondo
Animation producer: Yūichirō Akita
Color design: Shinji Matsumoto
Editing: Rie Matsubara
Recording Mix: Itsumi Yamamoto (voices)
Script Assistant: Kiyoto Wada
Studio Engineer: Mika Ochi
Katsuyuki Konishi as Ryōken
Kotaro Satomi as Rennyo

Akiko Yoritsune as Hana
Ayumi Fujimura as Chiyo
Hideyuki Tanaka as Hokeibo
Kunihiro Kawamoto as Hanbee
Masumi Kageyama as Ren'yū
Mitsuaki Madono as Sukeroku
Takaaki Seki as Michimune
Toshiko Maeda as Kinu

Marie Ōi as Sukeroku (child)
Mariko Higashiuchi as Ryōken (child)
Japanese companies
Animation Production: Studio DEEN

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