Director Makoto Shinkai Chooses RADWIMPS to Perform Theme for Anime Film Suzume no Tojimari

23.September.2022 | ANIME&GAME / MOVIE / MUSIC

Famed director Makoto Shinkai and rock band RADWIMPS are teaming up for the third time. The group will provide music for Shinkai’s upcoming film Suzuka no Tojimari, scheduled to open in theaters nationwide on November 11, 2022. Kazuma Jinnouchi, a world-renowned film composer, will work with the group to form the strongest musical team in the history of Shinkai’s films. Previously, RADWIMPS worked with Shinkai on 2016’s Your Name and 2019’s Weathering With You.

 

At the film’s announcement press conference, Shinkai gave his thoughts. “I want to create a film that gives people a reason to come to the theater,” he said. “I want to create imagery and sounds that will immerse every single person in the audience.” With this determination to create a new and unique theater experience, Shinkai decided to have not only RADWIMPS work on the film’s music, but Kazuma Jinnouchi as well. This would mean a bolder score, but also a larger challenge.

 

Yojiro Noda, the lead vocalist, songwriter, and guitarist of RADWIMPS, gave a comment. “Working with Kazuma Jinnouchi, who has such a long history of creating music for movies and video games, gave me a new perspective. His amount of experience is hard to put into words.” 

 

“The music we created for the film’s action scenes was largely influenced by my experience in Hollywood,” Jinnouchi said. 

 

Some recording for the film was done overseas at the historic Abbey Road Studios in London, a first for a Shinkai film. 

 

The new theme song, aptly titled Suzume, can be heard in the trailer for the film. At Noda’s request, the production team searched for the most suitable voice for the song–one that would truly express the film’s vibe. After listening to audition tapes and a number of voices from around the web, TikTok sensation Toaka was chosen as the song’s vocalist. “I felt a connection between Toaka and this song. No one else could come close,” Noda commented. 

 

Suzume no Tojimari, Shinkai’s first new film in three years, is a coming-of-age story, following a girl named Suzume as she travels to disaster-stricken locations around Japan, closing doors to keep those nearby safe. 

 

Suzume Iwato, the heroine, will be played by Nanoka Hara. Souta Munakata will be portrayed by Hokuto Matsumura. Be sure to check out the latest trailer!

 

Suzume no Tojimari Trailer

©2022「すずめの戸締まり」製作委員会

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    Wings – HiGH&LOW THE WORST X

    https://www.flag-porter.jp/download/r4wWMAoVqQK9b6KMQdEvYnGpx8j6Jm

     

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    Without our collaboration in the film, I don’t think we would have had this incredible opportunity to work together on music so quickly. 

    We probably would have just ended up doing a cover or something like that.

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    It’s a coming-of-age song that matches our roles and certain scenes in the movie perfectly, and I hope it will touch your heart!”

     

    Comment from Hokuto Yoshino (Tsukasa Takajo) (THE RAMPAGE)

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    We’re so happy to bring this film to life, and along with so many talented artists and actors, this song is really the culmination of everyone’s hard work.”

     

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    The teaser poster features a new visual created by illustrator Kukka, who worked on the original light novel. Those buying advanced tickets will receive a clear folder with the new poster image. 

     

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    See you at the theater in September!

     

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  • ‘Alien Artist,’ Winner of Best New Director at Kanazawa Film Festival 2021, Released

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    The Kanazawa Film Festival aims to ‘promote Japan’s countryside culture to the world.’ The event held from September 18 to September 20, 2021 marked the 15th anniversary. In addition to staging special works each year, the festival has an established reputation in the film community for its ‘New Directors with Promising Talent’ program.

     

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    Alien Artist

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    Release Year: 2021
    Director: Seiyo Hotani
    Script: Hifumi Keihan
    Executive Producer: Ikuya Onodera
    Cast: Kunihiko Watanabe, Yuuritsu Maruyama, Ryofu Karuma, Rui Kiriyama, Shigeo Osako, Jirou

     

  • RADWIMPS Releases Music Video ‘The Last 10 Years’ Theme Song, ‘Uruubito’

    23.March.2022 | MOVIE / MUSIC

    The Last 10 Days opened in Japanese theaters on March 4 and has taken the country by storm over the last two weeks, becoming the #1 film on its opening day and pulling over ¥300 million in its first three days. Now, the music video for the film’s theme song, Uruubito, has just been unveiled!

     

    This music video was directed by Michihito Fujii, who also directed the film. Fujii also reunited the actual film crew. Kentaro Sakaguchi, who starred in the film with Nana Komatsu, also appears in the music video. The video was inspired by the film, and shows Kazuto and Matsuri retracing their memories from Kazuto’s perspective. 

     

    The gorgeous music video almost feels like a sequel to the film, blending footage of RADWIMPS frontman Yojiro Noda with Kazuto’s beloved memories of the past 10 years. The video also features unused footage from the film and stills by cinematographer Keisuke Imamura!

     

    Uruubito – RADWIMPS (Music Video)

     

    Comment from Kentaro Sakaguchi

    “When I first heard the song Uruubito, I felt the urge live my life well–to become a person worthy of Mari. The song inspired me to focus more on Kazuto’s feelings, so being able to participate in the music video felt like a fitting way to end this project…I don’t know if that’s the best way to put it, but that’s how it felt.

     

    I was happy to see a different ending for Kazuto. Tracing his memories with Matsuri made it feel like she was with him again. On the first day of shooting, the director played Uruubito in front of the original author, Kosaka Ruka’s grave. I felt her say “thank you for letting me be next to you,” and it proved to me that she still lives in the story. I almost couldn’t hold my feelings back when I saw RADWIMPS actually playing the song. I was so happy that we could all come together again to make this video.

     

    I hope that both those who haven’t seen the film and those who have can come together and enjoy this song together. Remember Matsuri’s story.”

     

    Comment from Michihito Fujii

    “When Noda-san asked if I would shoot the music video of Uruubito, I was so thrilled. I don’t think there was any part of Kazuto’s life that couldn’t be portrayed in the movie, but I thought this video would be a way to show his life after the events of the film. 

     

    The staff consisted of the same team that worked on the film, and the scenes of Noda-san’s performance were shot on 16mm film. The road that you see Kazuto walking on was filmed at the same location that appeared in the film. We were aware of the many overlapping locales, like the hill where they watch the sunset, the bridge where they watch fireworks, and Kazuto’s room. The art director rebuilt Kazuto’s room exactly how it was–it was taken down after filming ended six months ago. 

     

    Noda-san visited the ocean, the mountains, Kazuto’s apartment–all of the places that meant something to Matsuri and Kazuto.

     

    I was impressed by the respect he showed to every aspect of the work, including his desire to visit the grave of Kosaka Ruka, the author of the original work.

     

    I hope that those who have seen the movie once will see this music video and want to see the movie again. Even if you haven’t seen the movie, I would be happy if this video inspires you to learn more about Kazuto’s story.”

     

    Comment from Yojiro Noda (RADWIMPS)

    “When the idea of shooting a music video for Uruubito came up, I asked Fujii-san to shoot it. In my mind, it wouldn’t be right to have the film’s story and the music video’s story told by two different people. 

     

    For the filming, we wanted Sakaguchi-san to participate along with the actual film crew. It was a strangely uplifting experience, as if I were being transported into the film’s world. When I went to the rooftop of the apartment where Kazuto lives and to his room, I was so excited as a fan of the movie that I took a ton of pictures. There are so many incredible scenes shot in his apartment.

     

    Just before the shooting date, the director asked for additional shooting in Mishima, and I had the opportunity to visit the hometown of Kosaka-san, the original author of the film. I was so thankful to be able to visit her grave and greet her family members between shoots.

     

    I’m sure that I will watch this music video countless times, and each time I watch it, I will remember the movie 10 Years to Live, Matsuri and Kazuto, and Kosaka-san. I hope that I can share my strength with all of you going forward and that this work will become a part of your daily life.” 

     

    ©2022映画「余命10年」製作委員会

  • Kenji Kamiyama Unveils Bonus Gift for People Seeing ‘Eien no 831’ in Theaters

    13.March.2022 | ANIME&GAME

    Animation director and screenwriter Kenji Kamiyama, who has produced numerous masterpieces such as Ghost in the Shell S.A.C. and Eden of the East, is about to premiere his original feature-length anime film Eien no 831 on WOWOW and in select theaters around Japan.

     

    The film will premiere in theaters on March 18, and those showing up to theaters will receive a limited-edition bonus gift! A Special Guidebook will be given to theatergoers at 36 theaters nationwide. 

     

    These guidebooks are not for sale and were produced in limited quantities only for this theatrical release. The 26-page, full-color book is a must-read for fans and includes interviews with cast and staff members. 

     

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    In the present day, the world is in turmoil due to an “unprecedented disaster.

    A young man living in Tokyo, Suzushiro, has a secret he cannot tell anyone. That secret is that he can stop the time around him despite his thoughts.

    One day, he meets a girl named Nazuna who has the same “power”. When he learns that she is being used in a crime, he impulsively reaches out to help her.

     

  • ‘The Last 10 Years’ Soundtrack by RADWIMPS Now Streaming

    09.March.2022 | MOVIE / MUSIC

    The soundtrack for the upcoming film The Last 10 Years is now streaming. Both the film and soundtrack were released on March 4, and fans of RADWIMPS can now enjoy all 29 powerful tracks on iTunes, Spotify, and other major music sites.

     

    The Last 10 Years is an adaptation of Kosaka Ruka’s novel of the same name. The members of RADWIMPS have expressed pure joy over being invited to provide the musical accompaniment for the film. 

     

    Yojiro Noda worked on the film’s soundtrack after reading the script. Nana Komatsu, who plays Matsuri, commented on the soundtrack. “I listened to it every day on the road, and it really gave me a sense of power.” Kentaro Sakaguchi, who plays Kazuro, said that the lyrics of the film’s theme song Uruubito was written from a uniquely Japanese perspective. The band’s music had a profound influence on the director and cast.

     

    “Without a doubt, being involved in this work has changed my life forever,” said Noda. “I hope that the lives of the viewers will change as well.”

     

    ©2022映画「余命10年」製作委員会

     

  • Netflix’s Bubble Anime Film Reveals Opening & Ending Themes, Full Trailer

    05.March.2022 | ANIME&GAME / MOVIE / MUSIC

    The anime film Bubble is coming to theaters in Japan on May 13, 2022, and will be available to watch on Netflix globally on April 28, 2022. The opening theme will be performed by Eve, while the ending song will be sung by Riria, who also voices Uta in the film. A full trailer featuring the theme by Eve has also been uploaded to YouTube!

     

    Wit Studio is in charge of Bubble’s animation. Tetsurou Araki (Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress) is the film’s director while Gen Urobuchi (Puella Magi Madoka Magica) is the scriptwriter. Artist Takeshi Obata (Death Note) serves as the film’s original character designer and Satoshi Kadowaki (Attack on Titan) handles the chief animation direction. Hiroyuki Sawano (86 EIGHTY-SIX co-composer) is in charge of the musical score. 

     

    Singer-songwriter Riria will voice the film’s main heroine, Uta. She joins Jun Shison as Hibiki, Mamoru Miyano as Shin, Yuuki Kaji as Kai, Tasuku Hatanaka as Denki Ninja Leader, Sayaka Senbongi as Usagi, Marina Inoue as Undertaker Leader, and Alice Hirose as Makoto.

     

    The opening theme, Bubble feat. Uta, was written by Eve. The up-tempo and fast-paced track foreshadows the more intense scenes in the film and the fate awaiting the two main characters.

     

    Full Trailer

     

    When asked about the theme song’s production, Eve stated that he was deeply moved to sing alongside so many greats. “I wrote Bubble for this pure and gentle film, and it took me somewhere I hadn’t been before. The film is set on a magnificent scale with action that you can’t tear your eyes away from. Each character has such a rich personality. I’m so happy to be a part of this project. Please come to the theater and see it for yourself–parkour is so cool!” 

     

    “I’d seen him perform a number of times, but it was still difficult to approach him for the project. I felt that once he agreed, it was fate,” said director Tetsurou Araki. “The world that Eve portrays in his music is exactly what I had set out to express in this project.”

     

    Voice actor and singer-songwriter Riria performs the ending theme and plays the role of Uta in the film. Popular among Gen-Z, she wrote the ending theme Jaa ne, Mata Ne (See You, Catch You Later). The fragile and sad track brings the audience closer to Uta’s heart and helps to understand her character. In a departure from his previous works, Margt (PERIMETRON) was in charge of art direction. 

     

    Netflix also provided a synopsis for the film. 

     

    “In a Tokyo where gravity has broken, a boy and a girl are drawn to each other… The story is set in Tokyo after bubbles that broke the laws of gravity rained down upon the world. Cut off from the outside world, Tokyo has become a playground for a group of young people who have lost their families, acting as a battlefield for parkour team battles as they leap from building to building. Hibiki, a young ace known for his dangerous playstyle, makes a reckless move one day and plummets into the gravity-bending sea. His life is saved by Uta, a girl with mysterious powers. The pair then hear a unique sound audible only to them. Why did Uta appear before Hibiki? Their encounter leads to a revelation that will change the world.”

     

    Riria was selected to play the role of major character Uta despite this being her first voice-acting experience. “First, they asked if I wanted to perform a song for the film, and I immediately said I would love to,” she said. “Then they asked if I wanted to play the role of the heroine and I freaked out! I can’t, I thought, I can’t do it! But at the same time, it looked like so much fun, so I had to make a decision. It was only after I accepted the role that I realized how big this project was. When I read the script for the first time, I cried so much. I felt like I was feeling what Uta was feeling. Even now when I think about it, I want to cry. Even during my first recording session, I immediately felt like I had become her.”

     

    Keep an eye out for the film on Netflix later next month!

     

    ©2022「バブル」製作委員会

  • Special Trailer for Film ‘The Last 10 Years’ Highlights Music by RADWIMPS

    02.March.2022 | MOVIE / MUSIC

    Popular rock band RADWIMPS wrote both the theme song and all music featured in the upcoming film ‘The Last 10 Years.’ The film and soundtrack will be released on March 4, 2022.

     

    ‘The Last 10 Years’ is an adaptation of Kosaka Ruka’s novel of the same name. It tells the story of Matsuri, a 20-year-old woman who learns that she only has 10 years to live due to an incurable disease. She makes the decision not to fall in love until she meets Kazuto, a man who has lost the will to live. Matsuri is portrayed by Komatsu Nana, while Kazuto is played by Sakaguchi Kentaro. The soundtrack will include 29 original songs written by RADWIMPS for the film along with Uruubito, the theme song. Yojiro Noda, the lead singer of the band, met film director Michihito Fujii on the set of Million Yen Women. Noda played a lead role in the drama series, and the two became fast friends, wanting to collaborate musically. 

     

    Nana Komatsu, who plays Matsuri, commented on the soundtrack. “I listened to it every day on the road, and it really gave me a sense of power.” Kentaro Sakaguchi, who plays Kazuro, said that the lyrics of the film’s theme song Uruubito was written from a uniquely Japanese perspective. The band’s music had a profound influence on the director and cast.

     

    ‘The Last 10 Years’ Special Trailer (Music by RADWIMPS)

     

    RADWIMPS approached the soundtrack’s creation with incredible enthusiasm. “Without a doubt, being involved in this work has changed my life forever,” said Noda. “I hope that the lives of the viewers will change as well.”

     

    Be sure to listen to the film’s soundtrack on streaming services on March 4!

     

    ©2022映画「余命10年」製作委員会

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