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Colorful, Metal Fight Beyblade Film Teasers Streamed

posted on by Egan Loo
Film by Coo helmer Hara, newest Beyblade film to both open this summer

The official website of the Japanese movie distributor TOHO is streaming the 30-second teaser trailers for Keiichi Hara and Sunrise's Colorful anime film and the tentatively titled Metal Fight Beyblade film. (In the linked page, select either of the final two icons in the "Coming Soon!" column, and then select the blue "特報1(30秒)" menu option on the top right.)

Hara, the director best known for Summer Days with Coo, is adapting Eto Mori's Colorful young adults' novel which won the Sankei Children's Publishing Cultural Prize in 1999. (The novel and film are unrelated to Torajirou Kishi's Colorful manga and television anime series.) 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 just committed suicide. Thus, the protagonist begins a new life.

Shun Nakahara (Tomie: Forbidden Fruit) already directed a live-action film version of the same novel in 2000 with actor Koki Tanaka. Miho Maruo (The Dog of Flanders, Ultra Maniac) wrote the screenplay for the new anime film, which will open in Japan on August 21.

The Metal Fight Beyblade film is inspired by the ongoing television anime series of the same name. Like the television series, the film is based on the spinning-top game manga by Takafumi Adachi in Shogakukan's Monthly Coro Coro Comic magazine. Aki Kanada, the voice of the television anime's main character Ginga Hagane, will be in the film's cast. The North American production company Nelvana Enterprises announced last June that the renamed Beyblade: Metal Fusion television series will premiere in North America in Fall 2010.

Source: Nippon Cinema

Images © 2010 Eto Mori/Colorful Production Committee
© Takafumi Adachi, MFBBProject, TV Tokyo
© 2010 Metal Fight Beyblade Film Production Committee

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