The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2017
Odd Obsessions - Desires, Hopes and Impulses in Japanese Cinema
3 February to 29 March 2017
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.
Distributor: All the Anime
Director: Tatsuyuki Nagai
Inori Minase, Koki Uchiyama, Sora Amamiya, Yoshimasa Hosoya
2015, 119 min, English subtitles