Uru’s New Song ‘Furiko’ to Feature as Main Theme For Japanese Film ‘Tsumi no Koe’

20.August.2020 | MOVIE / MUSIC

Uru’s new single Furiko (Pendulum) is set to drop on October 28, 2020, and it’s been announced that the song will be used as the main theme for the upcoming Japanese film Tsumi no Koe (The Voice of Sin) which will hit theatres in Japan on October 30, 2020.

The film is adapted from Takeshi Shiota’s novel of the same name. The story is inspired by the Glico Morinaga case, an extortion case in Japan which took place from 1984-5. The novel has over 620,000 copies in circulation.

 

The film stars Shun Oguri and Gen Hoshino who will play the two main characters Eiji Akutsu and Toshiya Sone respectively. Shun Oguri is known for the variety of characters he has played, from comical roles to more delicate ones. He will make his Hollywood debut in the upcoming American film Godzilla vs. Kong. Gen Hoshino is an actor, singer-songwriter, and writer who won the Japan Academy Prize for his roles in Blindly in Love and Why Don’t You Play in Hell? in 2014. Tsumi no Koe is the first time the two actors have worked together.

 

Nobuhiro Doi (Be With YouFlying Colors) is directing the movie while screenwriter Akiko Nogi (Nigeru wa Haji da ga Yaku ni TatsuLibrary War) is working on the script.

Uru wrote and composed the song Furiko as the main theme for the film which will be released as her 9th single. Below are her comments on the collaboration.

 

Uru | Comment

“When I got the call and went to see the movie, I thought long and hard about what kind of song would be fitting as the main theme. I watched the movie over and over so I could really get familiar with it, and bit by bit the song started to take shape, but when I went to write about hope, the only words and thoughts that came to mind were shallow, superficial ones, so I re-watched it again. That time, I rewrote the song several times from the perspective of the characters. We truly go through a lot in life, but say right now someone’s feeling sadness and pain and is in a state of hopelessness, and can’t even cry, then this is a song that I pray will give people hope: the pendulum has swung towards the bad side, but will absolutely swing to the side of light next time.”

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    25.July.2019 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

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    Regular Edition

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    Anime Edition

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    Before the CD is released, Negai will be available for downloading and streaming from July 26. We have only ever witnessed the short ending version of the song from the anime. The short version music video was released on YouTube recently, too. Fans are eagerly waiting for the release of the full version of the song. 

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    Uru Negai YouTube ver.

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    A statement by Atsunari Toushi

    Uru’s lyrics perfectly depict the story of two young girls who are forever close. We hope that you will be struck by many emotions when you watch this video. This entire creation is but a beautiful story and music. We hope that viewers who watch and listen will want to hold those precious to them even closer as they enter the world we have created in the new music video. Please take a look and enjoy both the beautiful scenes and the music. 

     

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  • Natsume’s Book of Friends The Movie: Tied to the Temporal World Music Video Released with Main Theme Song ‘remember’ by Uru

    29.August.2018 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

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    I have read the story of both the original manga and the movie. It’s a story about humans and spirits, but it’s rooted in the encounters and separations we experience in life and includes themes of isolation and loneliness, people’s gentleness and love. It’s a masterpiece that moves the heart. I want not just kids to watch it but adults too. And for that reason, I wanted the song to reflect that. I wrote the song for people to build on their experiences and feel warm inside after listening to it as it talks about how the heart moves during our encounters and separations in life, things which everyone has experienced at least once. I would be overjoyed if people can feel that when watching the movie.

     

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    ■Information

    New Single – “remember”
    On Sale: September 26, 2018
    Limited Pressing Edition (Anime Edition): CD+Blu-ray – ¥1,800 (Tax Included) [AICL-3560~1]
    Regular Edition: CD – ¥1,200 (Tax Included)

     

    Tour Information
    March 10, 2019 @ Tokyo Dome City Hall
    *Details TBA

    Uru Official Website: http://uru-official.com
    ‘Natsume’s Book of Friends The Movie’ Official Website: http://natsume-movie.com/

    ©Yuki Midorikawa・Hakusensha / Natsume’s Book of Friends Project

     

  • Uru Unveils Cover Art for Her New Single ‘remember’ – Opening Theme to the Upcoming Natsume’s Book of Friends Movie

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    Iwakura also took the most recent artist photo of Uru which was released the other day. It’s a nostalgic portrait that was taken during a photo session in Kagawa Prefecture.

     

    Since her debut, Uru has sung about the workings of the heart like its gentleness and the joy felt in everyday life, as well as the transience of existence. remember covers a variety of feelings including encounters with special people―something that anyone must have experienced―and the sadness and loneliness when separated from them, and the memories of them that continue in your mind when parting from them, which is mixed with emotions like love and warmth, knowing that it isn’t goodbye.

     

    The song shows that Uru has taken a big step forward as both a singer and songwriter.

     

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    The future is looking exciting for Uru as she goes on to grow and expand her musicianship.

     

    ■Information
    New Single – “remember”
    On Sale: September 26, 2018
    Limited Pressing Edition (Anime Edition): CD+Blu-ray – ¥1,800 (Tax Included) [AICL-3560~1]
    Regular Edition: CD – ¥1,200 (Tax Included)

     

    Tour Information
    March 10, 2019 @ Tokyo Dome City Hall
    *Details TBA

     

    Uru Official Website: http://uru-official.com

     

    ©Yuki Midorikawa・Hakusensha / Natsume’s Book of Friends Project

     

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    星野源 Official site:http://www.hoshinogen.com/

    MIKIKO Official site:http://www.mikiko0811.net/

     

    The next edition’s guest is MIKIKO who runs the dance company “ELEVENPLAY” as a performance choreographer. She has created choreography for numerous music videos, commercials and stage performances, not to mention for the famous J-pop group Perfume, in addition to choreography for other live performances. She is also responsible for having been in charge of the choreography for Gen Hoshino’s music videos “SUN,” “Toki yo,” and the hit “Koi” which took Japan by storm. The new publication of “Futarikiri de Hanasou” is an amazing opportunity to hear both Gen and MIKIKO talk about an abundance of topics, such as dance as an expressive form, moving one’s body, their thoughts of on work production, what they’ve been up to recently and more. Don’t miss out!

     

    ■Information

    AERA

    Price: ¥390 (tax included)

    On Sale May 8th, 2017

    ※Please note that the release date for the magazine may vary from location to location.

     

    Gen Hoshino Official Site: http://www.hoshinogen.com/

    MIKIKO Official Site: http://www.mikiko0811.net/

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