Singapore-based licensing company ODEX Pte. Ltd. has announced on their Facebook page that four (4) movies are planning to have theatrical runs in Southeast Asia between December 2015 to February next year.
Titles on the lineup include the anime film Yowamushi Pedal: The Movie, the live action adaptation of My Love Story!!, and live action films No Longer Heroine and Persona Non Grata.
The licensor are considering screening the movies in countries like Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines.
Yowamushi Pedal: The Movie
After winning the fierce Inter High race, Sakamichi and the other Sohoku team members receive an invitation to compete in the Kumamoto Hi Province Mountain Range Race towards the end of summer. The top-tier teams from around the country compete in this race, including Sohoku’s rivals Hakone Academy (which yearns to take down Sohoku), Kyoto Fushimi, and Hiroshima Kureminami — as well as Kumamoto Daiichi High School’s team led by Shin Yoshimoto. (Synopsis from Anime News Network)
Yowamushi Pedal the Movie is the third theatrical adaptation of the popular sports manga, written & illustrated by Wataru Watanabe, which is currently serialized on Akita Shoten’s Weekly Shonen Champion magazine since February 2008.
Osamu Nabeshima, who is the director of the television anime series, was the Chief Director of the anime movie, while Norihiro Naganuma is the Director-in-charge. Reiko Yoshida, who is the scriptwriter for the TV adaptation, reprises her role in the movie.
The anime movie was produced by TMS Entertainment and distributed by Toho, which was released in Japanese theaters last August 28.
My Love Story!! (Live-action)
My Love Story!! is the movie adaptation of a popular romantic-comedy manga, written by Kazune Kawahara and illustrated by Aruko, which is currently serialized on Shueisha’s Bessatsu Margaret magazine since April 2012.
The live-action movie was directed by Hayato Kawai with screenplay by Akiko Nogi, which was produced by Nikkatsu and Django Film. The movie was released in Japanese theaters on October 31, 2015.
No Longer Heroine
No Longer Heroine is a live-action movie adaptation of a manga series by Momoko Koda, which was published by Shueisha’s Bessatsu Margaret magazine from March 2010 to March 2013 and has a total of nine (9) volumes.
The movie adaptation was directed by Tsutomu Hanabusa and written by Erika Yoshida, which was produced by Nippon Television and released in Japan last September 19.
Persona Non Grata
Persona Non Grata is a historical drama movie based on the life of Chiune Sugihara, a Japanese diplomat working in Lithuania from 1939-1940, who rescued about 6000 Jewish refugees from the German Nazi during the second world war by issuing transit visas to the Japanese empire.
The biopic was directed by Cellin Gluck with scripts by Tetsuro Kamata and Hiromichi Matsuo, which was produced by Nippon Television and set to premiere in Japanese theaters this December 5.
The licensor also announced that it is planning to distribute upcoming anime movies within the next year, which includes:
- One Piece Film 2016 – set for release in summer (Japan)
- Detective Conan Movie 20 – set for release in April 2016 (Japan)
- Crayon Shinchan Movie 24: Bakusui! Yumemi World Daitosugeki
- Initial D: Final Stage
- 36th Doraemon Movie: Nobita and the Birth of Japan
ODEX Pte. Ltd. has previously partnered with Philippine cinema chain SM Cinema to screen recent Japanese animated films in selected theaters.
Movie titles that had been locally released includes Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin, The Last – Naruto the Movie, Dragon Ball: Resurrection F, Doraemon: Nobita and the Space Heroes, Detective Conan: Sunflowers of Inferno, Boruto: Naruto the Movie and Love Live! The School Idol Movie.
Anime Pilipinas is trying to reach SM Cinema regarding any information on the said movie releases.