English-Subtitled Trailer for Shaft, Shunji Iwai's 'Fireworks' Film Streamed

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Film opens in Japan on August 18, in Hong Kong on October 31

Hong Kong film distributor Edko Films Ltd. began streaming an English- and Chinese-subtitled trailer last week for Uchiage Hanabi, Shita Kara Miru ka? Yoko Kara Miru ka? (Fireworks, Should We See It From the Side or the Bottom?), the anime film adaptation of director Shunji Iwai's 1993 live-action drama of the same name. Edko Films Ltd. will open the film in Hong Kong on October 31.

The film will open in Japan on August 18, and will be distributed in 110 countries and regions.

The cast includes:

  • Suzu Hirose (The Boy and the Beast, live-action Chihayafuru) as Nazuna
  • Masaki Suda (live-action Princess Jellyfish, Gintama) as Norimichi
  • Mamoru Miyano (Steins;Gate, Chihayafuru, Yuri!!! on Ice) as Yūsuke
  • Kana Hanazawa as the homeroom teacher Miura-sensei
  • Shintarō Asanuma as Junichi, a classmate
  • Toshiyuki Toyonaga as Kazuhiro, a classmate
  • Yuuki Kaji as Jin, a classmate
  • Takako Matsu as Nazuna's mother

Hitoshi Ōne (live-action Bakuman., Moteki) is writing the film's script and Nobuyuki Takeuchi (key animator on Spirited Away, Penguindrum, Bakemonogatari) is directing the film at studio SHAFT. Akiyuki Simbo (Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Nisekoi) is serving as chief director. Akio watanabe (Nisemonogatari, Bakemonogatari) is designing the characters, and Satoru Kousaki (Lucky Star, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Wandering Son) is composing the music. Iwai is credited with the original work.

Kenshi Yonezu and female rap singer DAOKO are performing the theme song "Uchiage Hanabi." DAOKO is also performing a cover of the original drama's theme song "Forever Friends" for the film. Iwai will direct a music video for DAOKO's cover filmed at locations from the original drama.

Ōne's script will add modern elements to Iwai's original story. The film is set on one day during summer vacation, and follows a group of boys who try to view a fireworks display from the town lighthouse to see if they look round or flat when viewed from the side. Meanwhile, one of the boys, Norimichi, receives an invitation from his crush Nazuna to run away with her.

Makoto Fugetsu (Granblue Fantasy manga) launched a manga adaptation of the anime film in the July issue of Kadokawa's Young Ace magazine on June 2.

The original 45-minute television drama premiered in Japan in August 1993 as part of the If: Moshimo series, and it won Iwai the New Directors Award from the Directors Guild of Japan that year. The film starred Megumi Okina and Yuta Yamazaki.

Iwai wrote, directed, and composed the music for The Case of Hana & Alice, his first-feature length anime film and prequel to his earlier live-action film Hana & Alice. The anime film debuted in February 2015.

[Via WTK]

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