Dir. Takehiko Inoue / Japan / 2022 / Japanese with English subtitles
Short, scrappy and quick-tempered, Ryota is not a typical fit for basketball greatness. Still - here we are at the big match of the season, Ryota’s team of underdogs at Shohoku High School facing off the established champions Sanno Industry, and Ryota must dig deep. In fact, each of his teammates must search inside themselves, as we follow the travails of their teen lives, and the challenges that come with grief and struggles of self-belief. That these reveries are captured in a series of flashbacks while the game thrillingly plays out in near real-time is the special sauce in Takehiko Inoue’s adaptation of his own iconic manga series.
Kate Taylor, Programme Director
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Writer/Director: Takehiko Inoue
Takehiko Inoue, born in 1967, is a manga artist. He made his debut in 1988 with Kaede Purple, and his work Slam Dunk serialised from 1990 to 1996 became a social phenomenon. He has since been active in various fields, including serializing Vagabond and REAL, holding the exhibition The Last Manga, and establishing the SLAM DUNK Scholarship for high school students. The film marks his first time as an animation director.
Producers: Toshiyuki Matsui, Kazuhiro Nishikawa, Yuta Ogura, Kentaro Mouri, Yoshimi Sugiyama, Ryuta Koike
Voice cast: Shugo Nakamura, Subaru Kimura, Shinichiro Kamio, Jun Kasama
Sales Agent: Toei
Distributor: Anime Limited
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