The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2016

IKIRU: The Highs and Lows of Life in Japanese Cinema

5 February to 26 March 2016

Aberystwyth
Birmingham
Bristol
Derby
Dundee
Edinburgh
Exeter

Kendal
Leicester
London
Manchester
Nottingham
Sheffield

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Anthem of the Heart

心が叫びたがってるんだ。(Kokoro ga sakebitagatterunda.)

Jun Naruse is a young girl who believes that her words have caused unmeasurable trouble. Carrying the guilt with her, she is one day visited by a mysterious ‘Egg Fairy’ who casts a spell on her preventing her from speaking, making her bottle up all her emotions. Now older and a high-school student, Jun is asked to join a group of students to take part in a musical – a group which turns out to be an unexpected mix of students all suffering from emotional trauma just like Jun. Through discovering about the importance of friendship and how music can create bonds between people, will Jun be able to find her voice again?

A charming story from the creators behind the smash hit movie, Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day. The creative team of director Tatsuyuki Nagai, scriptwriter Mari Okada and character designer Masayoshi Tanaka return with a completely original animated film which was a huge hit upon its domestic theatrical release in late 2015, touching many hearts across Japan.

父親の浮気現場を目撃し、よく理解しないまま事のあらましを母親に告げたがために両親の離婚を引き起こしてしまった少女。父親に責められた少女は、話すと腹痛が生じるという呪いをかけられてしまう。以後、会話の手段は携帯電話のメールのみ。ところが通学する学校のクラスでミュージカルを行うことが決まり、その責任者の役目を負うようになったことから転機が訪れる。

監督: 長井龍雪
声の出演: 水瀬いのり、内山昂輝、雨宮天

Distributor: All the Anime

Director: Tatsuyuki Nagai
Inori Minase, Koki Uchiyama, Sora Amamiya, Yoshimasa Hosoya
2015, 119 min, English subtitles

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Showing at:

ICA
7 February 2016

QUAD
14 February 2016

Aberystwyth Arts Centre
20 February 2016

Dundee Contemporary Arts
20 February 2016

mac birmingham
22–23 February 2016

Broadway
19 March 2016