Anime Pilipinas has learned that three Japanese films, including Makoto Shinkai’s your name. (Kimi no Na Wa.), will be shown during The Best of Anime 2017.
Local movie distributor Pioneer Films is partnering with events organizer Primetrade Asia to screen the record-breaking romance-drama anime film, together with live-action movies Your Lie in April and Death Note: Light Up the New World, scheduled at the following times:
September 09 (Sat), 11:00am-12:30pm: Your Lie in April
September 10 (Sun), 11:00am-12:30pm: your name.
September 10 (Sun), 06:00-08:00pm: Death Note: Light Up the New World
The day the stars fell, two lives changed forever. High schoolers Mitsuha and Taki are complete strangers living separate lives. But one night, they suddenly switch places. Mitsuha wakes up in Taki’s body, and he in hers. This bizarre occurrence continues to happen randomly, and the two must adjust their lives around each other. Yet, somehow, it works. They build a connection and communicate by leaving notes, messages, and more importantly, an imprint.
When a dazzling comet lights up the night’s sky, it dawns on them. They want something more from this connection—a chance to meet, an opportunity to truly know each other. Tugging at the string of fate, they try to find a way to each other. But distance isn’t the only thing keeping them apart. Is their bond strong enough to face the cruel irony of time? Or is their meeting nothing more than a wish upon the stars? (Synopsis from Funimation Entertainment)
your name., also known by its Japanese title Kimi no Na wa. (君の名は。), is a Japanese animated film written and directed by Makoto Shinkai, who is known for anime films like Voices from a Distant Star, 5 Centimeters Per Second and The Garden of Words.
The anime movie is based on the novel with the same name, also written by Shinkai, which was published in Japan by Kadokawa in June of last year. The film was produced by CoMix Wave Films and distributed by TOHO, which premiered in Japanese theaters on August 26, 2016 and ran for 29 weeks.
The film is now considered as the highest-earning anime film worldwide, beating Studio Ghibli’s Spirited Away, earning US$281 million (about PHP14 billion) in Mid-January. According to industry website Box Office Mojo, the film has now earned a total of US$354,425,227 (about PHP18 billion), including the North American screenings.
The anime movie was screened in local cinemas in December 14 last year, which ran for about two weeks before the Metro Manila Film Festival.
Your Lie in April
Kosei Arima won numerous piano competitions while under the strict watch of his mother. He was known as the human metronome during that time. Since the death of his mother, Kosei Arima has been unable to hear the sound of his piano.
Kosei Arima then meets Kaori Miyazono through childhood friend Tsubaki Sawabe. Kaori Miyazono plays the violin and has a free spirit. Since meeting her, Kosei Arima is able to face the piano again. Meanwhile, Kaori holds a secret. (Synopsis from IMDB)
Your Lie in April (Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso) is a theatrical film based on the highly-popular manga series by Naoshi Arakawa, which was published by Kodansha’s Monthly Shonen Magazine from April 2011 to February 2015 and has a total of 11 volumes.
The manga also has an anime adaptation, which was aired in the Philippines on Filipino-language anime channel HEROtv in April 2016.
The film is directed by Takehiko Shinjo, who also directed the 2011 movie adaptation of Paradise Kiss, while screenplay was made by Yukari Tatsui.
The lead cast of the movie are Kento Yamazaki (“Kyouya Sata”, Wolf Girl and Black Prince live-action movie) as Kosei Arima and Suzu Hirose (“Chihaya Ayase”, Chihayafurulive-action movies) as “Kaori Miyazono”.
The live-action movie was screened in local cinemas in December last year, which ran for about a week.
Death Note: Light Up the New World
デスノート Light up the NEW world
10 years has passed since the confrontation between Kira and L. Again, Shinigami sends death notes to the ground and due to this, the world soon falls into chaos. Tsukuru is a member of the Death Note special task force team with 6 other investigators including Matsuda who experienced the Kira case of 10 years ago.
Mass murders caused by the death note takes place on Wall Street in the U.S., Shibuya in Japan and other places. World famous private investigator Ryuzaki, who is the rightful successor of L, also investigates the mass murders. They discover that 6 death notes exists in the world.
A computer virus called Kira spreads in the world. A message in the Kira virus says to turn in 6 death notes.
A person who has 6 death notes overwhelm the world. The confrontation begins between the person who wants Kira’s revival and the people who want to stop it. (Synopsis from AsianWiki)
Death Note: Light Up the New World is the fourth live-action film based on the highly-popular manga series, written by Tsugumi Ohba and illustrated by Takeshi Obata, which ran in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump from December 2003 to May 2006. The manga has a total of 12 volumes.
The movie was directed by Shinsuke Sato, who also worked on the live-action adaptation of the horror manga I Am a Hero, which was produced by Nikkatsu and Django film and distributed by Warner Bros. Japan.
The movie is starring Masahiro Higashide (“Kou Mabuchi”, Blue Spring Ride live-action) as “Tsukuru Mishima” and Sosuke Ikematsu (“Higen”, The Last Samurai) as “Private Investigator Ryuzaki”.
The movie was screened in select local cinemas last March 15, which ran for about a week.
The Best of Anime 2017 is happening on September 9-10, 2017 at Functions 3-4 of the SMX Convention Center – Manila in Pasay City.