Always Sunset on 3rd Street '64 Film to Screen in Los Angeles on Wednesday
posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
The Japan Foundation in Los Angeles will screen Always: Sunset on Third Street '64 (Always: Sunset on Third Street - 3), the third live-action film based on Ryohei Saigan's nostalgic San-chōme no Yūhi - Yūyake no Uta manga, on Wednesday, October 23 at 7:00 p.m. Reservations are not required for the free screening.
Takashi Yamazaki (live-action Space Battleship Yamato, Returner, Ballad) directed the film, which opened in Japan in January 2012. The original manga, a 1990-1991 television anime series adaptation, and the first two live-action films followed the lives of people in a Tokyo neighborhood as the iconic Tokyo Tower rises above them.
The film is set in 1964, the year that Tokyo hosted the Summer Olympics that came to symbolize Japan's post-war revival. The third film's timeframe is actually not covered in the original manga, but Saigan approved the production of the film and contributed various ideas to the screenplay.
Yamazaki shot the third film in stereoscopic 3D. Yamazaki and Ryota Kosawa co-wrote the screenplay as they did for the first films. Similarly, Naoki Satō returned from the first two films to compose the music. Hidetaka Yoshioka, Shinichi Tsutsumi, Koyuki, Maki Horikita, Masako Motai, Tomokazu Miura, and Hiroko Yakushimaru all reprised their respective roles from the previous two films.
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