Fireworks

Fireworks

Fireworks

Japanese animated romantic drama produced by Japanese animation studio Shaft, based on the 1993 live-action drama of the same name.

One summer day in a seaside town, students Norimichi and Yusuke meet their crush, Nazuna, at the pool where they then have a swimming race to impress her. Norimichi loses, but finds a mysterious ball in the water. Yusuke wins and is asked by Nazuna to go watch the fireworks together. When Nazuna reveals to Norimichi that she was going to elope with the winner to get away from her mother’s remarriage, Norimichi angrily throws the ball he found in the water. At once, he finds himself back at the moment of the race. With the day repeating over and over again, what answers will Nazuna and Norimuchi find?

2017Rating: PG, Violence & coarse language90 minsJapanJapanese with English subtitlesShaft
AnimatedDramaRomanceWorld Cinema
Director:
Akiyuki Shinbo ('Kizumonogatari III: Reiketsu-hen', 'Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie Part III: Rebellion')Nobuyuki Takeuchi (feature debut)
Writer:
Hitoshi Ohne
Cast:
Suzu HiroseMasaki SudaMamoru MiyanoTakako MatsuKana HanazawaShintaro AsanumaToshiyuki ToyonagaYuki Kaji
88%
want to see

Reviews & comments

Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

press

Indeed, part of the film's charm stems from its refusal to insist too strongly on meaning, at least when this might impede the main goal of creating something pretty to look at

South China Morning Post

South China Morning Post

press

Fireworks merely proves an ill-advised endeavour to tweak the original drama's musings on early adolescent desire and small quirks of luck into a full-on fantasy romance.

Screen Daily

Screen Daily

press

A fair to middling anime that packs a lot of cuteness into its regulation 90-minute running time, but delivers little ... gender- and generation-bridging magic.

Japan Times

Japan Times

press

Fireworks, Should We See It from the Side or the Bottom? stands out due to the names attached, including mega-producer Genki Kawamura.

Herald Sun

Herald Sun

press

While this low-key heart-squeezer isn't quite in the same league as the hauntingly beguiling Your Name, it is hard to resist its daydreamy, will-they-or-won't-they? vibe for long.

Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

press

Indeed, part of the film's charm stems from its refusal to insist too strongly on meaning, at least when this might impede the main goal of creating something pretty to look at

South China Morning Post

South China Morning Post

press

Fireworks merely proves an ill-advised endeavour to tweak the original drama's musings on early adolescent desire and small quirks of luck into a full-on fantasy romance.

Screen Daily

Screen Daily

press

A fair to middling anime that packs a lot of cuteness into its regulation 90-minute running time, but delivers little ... gender- and generation-bridging magic.

Japan Times

Japan Times

press

Fireworks, Should We See It from the Side or the Bottom? stands out due to the names attached, including mega-producer Genki Kawamura.

Herald Sun

Herald Sun

press

While this low-key heart-squeezer isn't quite in the same league as the hauntingly beguiling Your Name, it is hard to resist its daydreamy, will-they-or-won't-they? vibe for long.

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