Canadian Theatrical News: Fireworks, Should We See It from the Side or the Bottom?

GKIDS is bringing Akiyuki Shinbo, Nobuyuki Takeuchi and Shaft’s Fireworks, Should We See It from the Side or the Bottom? movie to North American theatres this July. The film, which opened in Japan last August, will get an arthouse run in Canada, though our neighbors down south will receive a much larger Fathom Events release.

An adaptation of a 1993 Japanese television film of the same name by Shunji Iwai, the anime Fireworks is co-directed by Shinbo (BakemonogatariPuella Magi Madoka Magica) and Takeuchi (Bakemonogatari, Revolutionary Girl Utena: The Movie) from a script by Hitoshi Ohne (Akihabara@Deep TV series, Bakuman. film). As GKIDS is eager to tell everyone, your name.’s Genki Kawamura served as producer on the movie, with Shaft (Monogatari, Puella Magi Madoka Magica) on animation duty. Satoru Kosaki (The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Monogatari) composed the film’s score.

GKIDS will screen the film in both English with Japanese subtitles, as well as with an English dub produced by NYAV.

Shy Norimichi and fast-talking Yusuke, are goo-goo-eyed over the same elusive classmate, Nazuna. But Nazuna, unhappy over her mother’s decision to remarry and leave their countryside town, plans to run away and has secretly chosen Norimichi to accompany her. When things don’t go as planned, Norimichi discovers that a glowing multi-color ball found in the sea has the power to reset the clock and give them a second chance to be together. But each reset adds new complications and takes them farther and farther away from the real world – until they risk losing sight of reality altogether.

Fireworks tells a simple story of adolescent longing that taps deep wells of emotion. It is tale of youthful wistfulness, missed opportunities and long-ago dreams, of the urgency of young lovers, and the desire to create a separate universe, a magic place outside of time, where they can be together.

English Dubbed

Edmonton, Alberta Metro Cinema 8/6 @ 2:30PM
Toronto, Ontario TIFF Bell Lightbox 7/6 @ 3:20PM
7/7 @ 2:10PM
7/8 @ 2:15PM
7/10 @ 2:10PM
7/11 @ 2:20PM
7/12 @ 3:30PM
7/13 @ 2:25PM
7/14 @ 1:30PM
7/15 @ 12:45PM
7/17 @ 2PM
7/18 @ 2:20PM
7/19 @ 1:30PM

Japanese with English subtitles

Edmonton, Alberta Metro Cinema 8/4 @ 9:30PM
Montreal, Quebec Auditorium des diplômés de la SGWU
(Part of Fantasia Festival)
7/22 @ 12PM
Ottawa, Ontario Mayfair Theatre 8/4 @ 1:45PM
8/5 @ 1:45PM
8/6 @ 1:45PM
Toronto, Ontario TIFF Bell Lightbox 7/6 @ 6PM
7/7 @ 6:45PM
7/8 @ 6:45PM
7/9 @ 6:30PM
7/10 @ 6:45PM
7/11 @ 6:45PM
7/12 @ 6:30PM
7/13 @ 6:50PM
7/14 @ 5PM
7/15 @ 6:20PM
7/16 @ 6PM
7/17 @ 8:25PM
7/18 @ 6:45PM
7/19 @ 8:25PM
Vancouver, British Columbia Rio Theatre 7/5 @ 6:45 PM
7/8 @ 1:30 PM
7/15 @ 2:30PM
7/21 @ 3:20PM

For more information on the movie, check out the GKIDS website.

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