Anime Pilipinas has learned that the Philippine theatrical premiere of The Last: Naruto the Movie has been delayed to sometime in February 2015.
A representative of SM Cinema has told us that they are inclined to show the film on that month, through they have yet to give a definite date for the showing.
The theater chain has initially announced that The Last: Naruto the Movie is set to premiere last December 17, which is just a week from the Metro Manila Film Festival on December 25.
It was then announced on December 08 that the movie has been tentatively postponed to January due to “technical concerns on the film content”.
In a related story, North American anime distributor Viz Media has announced that The Last: Naruto the Movie will also be screened in major cities in the United States beginning February 20, 2015.
The distributor will be teaming up with Los Angeles-based movie distributor Eleven Arts to screen the movie in cities like New York, Boston, Houston, San Francisco, Seattle. More cities will be announced on the Eleven Arts website in the coming days.
Tickets will be on-sale starting Mid-January, and attendees will also get a chance to recieve a special commemorative NARUTO film poster.
The moon has begun moving closer to Earth! As it is, the moon will crumble and meteorites will rain down on Earth’s surface. As the last days of Earth approach, Hanabi Hyuuga is abducted by a mysterious man in Konoha, and Naruto, Sakura, Sai, Shikamaru, and Hinata set off on a rescue mission! Can Naruto and the others overcome this crisis? (Synopsis from Weekly Shonen Jump)
The storyline for the film is said to be in between chapters 699-700 of the Naruto manga series which ended its run last November 10, and features some significant changes in the design of the major characters.
The movie premiered in Japanese theaters last December 06.
Tsuneo Kobayashi, who also directed Emma: A Victorian Romance, directs the upcoming movie, while Kyozuka Maruo handles its screenplay. Hirofumi Suzuki and Tetsuya Nishio, who handled character designs for the Naruto series, as well as creator Masashi Kishimoto handles the movie’s characters.
Sukima Switch, who sung Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood’s third opening theme song, will be singing the main theme song of the movie, “Hoshi no Utsuwa”.
Junko Takeuchi (as Naruto Uzumaki) and Nana Mizuki (as Hinata Hyuuga) returns to lead the voice casts of the final movie.