Karafuru ()

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A sinful spirit is granted the opportunity to prove worthy for rebirth, inhabiting the body of a student who killed himself.


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Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Makoto's Mom (voice)
Makoto Kobayashi (voice)
Pura Pura (voice)
Jingi Irie ...
Saotoe (voice)
Michael ...
Purapura (voice)
Akina Minami ...
Hiroka Kuwabara (voice)
Shoko Sano (voice)
Carli Mosier ...
Makoto's Mother (voice)
Mitsuru Kobayashi (voice)
Mao (voice)
Katsumi Takahashi ...
Makoto's Dad (voice)
Kazato Tomizawa ...
Makoto Kobayashi (voice)
Makoto's Father (voice)

Directed by

Keiichi Hara

Written by

Eto Mori ... (novel)
Miho Maruo ... (screenplay)

Produced by

John Ledford ... executive producer / producer
Yoshishige Shimatani ... chief executive producer

Music by

Kow Otani ... (as Kô Ohtani)

Cinematography by

Koichi Yanai ... (as Kôichi Yanai)

Film Editing by

Toshihiko Kojima

Art Direction by

Takashi Nakamura

Sound Department

Hiromune Kurahashi ... sound effect: Sound Box
Akiko Mutô ... sound effects assistant: Sound Box
Sachiko Nishi ... sound effects assistant: Sound Box
Nobutaka Taguchi ... assistant sound mixer
Takaaki Uchiyama ... sound mixer
Akira Ôkuma ... sound director

Animation Department

Seiko Akashi ... background artist: Studio Uni
Masaru Amamizu ... background artist: Studio Uni
Takimi Echizen ... background artist: Studio Uni
Hideo Harigaya ... key animator
Tetsuya Hasegawa ... key animator
Tetsuo Hirakawa ... key animator
Hiromi Imaizumi ... color stylist
Emiko Ishiguro ... background artist: Studio Uni
Tetsuya Ishikawa ... key animator
Nobutaka Ito ... key animator
Daizo Iwanaga ... key animator
Kinuko Izumi ... secondary key animator
Jeong Ho Jang ... background artist: Studio SEY
Masaaki Kawaguchi ... background artist: Atelier Roku 07
Gyeong Suk Kim ... background artist: Studio SEY
Yu-Jung Kim ... background artist: Studio Loft
Kimiko Kubo ... background artist: Studio Uni
Yuuya Kusumoto ... background artist: Studio Uni
Ju-Young Lee ... background artist: Studio Loft
Kazuyuki Maeda ... secondary key animator
Ryôtarô Makihara ... key animator
Norio Matsumoto ... key animator
Yoshikatsu Matsumoto ... background artist: Studio Uni
Ryôko Murakami ... background artist: Studio Uni
Mieko Nakajima ... background artist: Studio Uni
Hiroyuki Nemoto ... background artist: Studio Uni
Hiroyuki Nishimura ... key animator
Agung Oka ... background artist: Atelier Roku 07
Mayumi Okabe ... background artist: Studio Uni
Mayumi Okiyoshi ... background artist: Atelier Roku 07
Sung-Hyun Park ... background artist: Studio Loft
Takuya Saitô ... assistant animation director / key animator
Toshiyuki Sakae ... background artist: Studio Uni
Masahiro Satô ... animation director / key animator
Yong-Hyeon Seo ... background artist: Studio SEY
Hiroshi Shimizu ... key animator
Tetsuhiro Shimizu ... background artist: Studio Loft
Tomohisa Shimoyama ... assistant animation director / key animator
Yuichiro Sueyoshi ... key animator (as Yûichirô Sueyoshi)
Akira Suzuki ... background artist: Studio Uni
Sachi Takahashi ... background artist: Studio Uni
Mitsuaki Tobisawa ... secondary key animator
Shigeto Tsuji ... assistant animation director / key animator
Koichiro Ueda ... key animator
Atsushi Uemura ... assistant animation director / key animator
Takayuki Uragami ... assistant animation director / key animator
Marie Watanabe ... background artist: Atelier Roku 07
Atsushi Yamagata ... assistant animation director / character designer / key animator
Akiko Yamaguchi ... key animator
Hiroyuki Yamashita ... key animator
Kohei Yanagida ... key animator
Yuko Yazaki ... key animator (as Yûko Yasaki)
Masayuki Yoshida ... key animator

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Plot Summary

There is a train station on the other side of death, yet not all who arrive on the platform will be judged ready for passage onwards. For one unready soul, there will be both a test and a second chance. Rather than be reborn, this soul will awake in the body of 14-year-old suicide Makoto Kobayashi where it must not only find a way to fit into Makoto's existence, but also unravel two mysteries. What is the secret of the great sin it committed in its own previous life and what were the reasons that led to Makoto's suicide? While some may believe the truth to be as plain to see as black and white, "Makoto" soon finds that the real world is overlaid with so many shades of grey and rainbows of colors that even the most obvious of "facts" are not what they seem. With the soul's time in Makoto's body quickly running out, the answers to all life's mysteries await discovery in the acclaimed animation masterpiece that won the 34th Japanese Academy Prize for Excellence. Written by itsterr

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Also Known As
  • Colorful (World-wide, English title)
  • Colourful (United Kingdom)
  • Colorful (France)
  • Colorful (Spain)
  • Многоцветье (Russia)
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  • 126 min
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Movie Connections Version of Colourful (2000). See more »
Soundtracks Tadaima, Sayonara Shita Sekai See more »

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