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Fireworks, Should We See It from the Side or The Bottom? (2017)

Uchiage hanabi, shita kara miru ka? Yoko kara miru ka? (original title)
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Schoolchildren Norimichi, Yûsuke and Jun'ichi want to know if fireworks look round or flat from the side. They make a plan to find the answer at a fireworks display, while Nazuna schemes to... See full summary »

Directors:

Akiyuki Shinbo (as Akiyuki Shinbô), Nobuyuki Takeuchi (co-director)

Writers:

Shunji Iwai, Hitoshi Ône (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Suzu Hirose ... Oikawa Nazuna (voice)
Masaki Suda ... Shimada Norimichi (voice)
Mamoru Miyano ... Azumi Yûsuke (voice)
Shintarô Asanuma Shintarô Asanuma ... Jun'ichi (voice)
Toshiyuki Toyonaga Toshiyuki Toyonaga ... Kazuhiro (voice)
Yûki Kaji ... Minoru (voice)
Shin'ichirô Miki ... Partner of Nazuna's mother (voice)
Kana Hanazawa Kana Hanazawa ... Miura Sensei (voice)
Takahiro Sakurai ... Mitsuishi Sensei (voice)
Michiko Neya Michiko Neya ... Norimichi no haha (voice)
Nobuo Tobita ... Norimichi no chichi (voice)
Mitsuru Miyamoto Mitsuru Miyamoto ... Yûsuke no chichi (voice)
Fumihiko Tachiki ... Hanabishi (voice)
Takako Matsu ... Nazuna no haha (voice)
Chiwa Saitô Chiwa Saitô ... Kangoshi (voice)
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Storyline

Schoolchildren Norimichi, Yûsuke and Jun'ichi want to know if fireworks look round or flat from the side. They make a plan to find the answer at a fireworks display, while Nazuna schemes to run away with Norimichi or Yûsuke, whoever wins at the pool.

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Details

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

18 August 2017 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Fireworks See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$138,014, 8 July 2018

Gross USA:

$525,280

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$25,672,406
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SHAFT See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

The conference held at the mid July originally should be the announcement conference for the completion of this film, but the animation was not finished by then. The preview screening was pushed back to the early August, about only ten days before the official release date in Japan. See more »

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Good story
14 October 2017 | by Gordon-11See all my reviews

This film tells the story of a school girl who finds a pretty transparent ball by the sea. She plans to run away from home to escape from her unhappy home, but her escape fails until her friend finds out the supernatural power that the transparent ball has.

"Fireworks, Should We See It from the Side or The Bottom?" is so different from what I thought. It is in fact not really about fireworks, but a science fiction story that is akin to the previous animation "Your Name". The story is sad, especially when I hear Nazuna's wailing cries, which are very depressing and spine chilling. I sympathise with her situation. Her plan to make money in Tokyo is even more upsetting, which indicates that her home situation must have been very bad.

The story is quite easy to understand, and is interesting. The Seiko Matsuda song that is sung in the tram is really beautiful, I should check it out. The very final scene is a bit puzzling, and is open to interpretation. I heard people discussing about it, which is a good sign because it means people liked it enough to talk about the film.


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