'Josee, The Tiger and the Fish' Opens in Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei, Singapore
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Southeast Asian film distributor Purple Plan revealed last Friday that the Indonesian screening of the anime film of Seiko Tanabe's short story Josee to Tora to Sakana-tachi (Josee, The Tiger and the Fish) will open on May 5. Purple Plan will also open the film in Malaysia and Brunei on April 22, and in Singapore on April 29.
The film's story centers on the relationship between Tsuneo and Josee. Tsuneo is a university student, and Josee is a young girl who has rarely gone out of the house by herself due to her being unable to walk. The two meet when Tsuneo finds Josee's grandmother taking her out for a morning walk.
Kotaro Tamura (Noragami, Noragami Aragoto) directed the anime. Nao Emoto (O Maidens in Your Savage Season) drew the original character designs, and Haruko Iizuka (Tamayura, Children of the Whales, Endro~!) designed those characters for animation, as well as served as chief animation director. Sayaka Kuwamura (Strobe Edge) wrote the script. loundraw (Tsuki ga Kirei, I want to eat your pancreas character design) was credited for concept design. Evan Call (Violet Evergarden, Schwarzes Marken) composed the music. Shochiku and Kadokawa distributed the film.
The Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) screened the film during the event, which was held from October 31 to November 9 at EX Theater Roppongi and other Tokyo theaters.
The film inspired a manga adaptation that debuted in Kadokawa's Da Vinci magazine in January 2019, and ended in October 2019. Emoto, the artist of the O Maidens in Your Savage Season manga, and the original character designer for the film, drew the manga.
Tanabe published the original story in the 1985 short story collection of the same name. The story inspired a live-action film in 2003.