After debuting in Japan last August, the latest animated feature from Studio SHAFT, Uchiage Hanabi, Shita kara Miru ka? Yoko kara Miru ka? (Fireworks, Should We See It From the Side or the Bottom?) has been hinted to be shown in Indonesia. The hint came from the official Facebook page of Encore Films on Thursday (28/9). In the post, Encore films announced that they have been listed as one of the distributors of Uchiage Hanabi abroad.
Directed by Nobuyuki Akeuchi, Uchiage Hanabi tells the story of a group of boys who try to see a fireworks display from the town lighthouse, to see if fireworks looked round or flat when seen from the side. Meanwhile, one of those boys, Norimichi, receives an invitation from his crush Nazuna to run away with her. The animated feature is based of Shunji Iwai’s 1993 live action film with the same name. Akiyuki Shinbou (Bakemonogatari, Puella Magi Madoka Magica) is listed as chief diretor while Hitoshi Oone (live action Bakuman) wrote the script.
The original Uchiage Hanabi was first aired on Fuji TV in 1993 as a part of omnibus live-action drama series If Moshimo. The film eventually received a theatrical release on 12 August 1995. The original film was also screened at Tokyo International Film Festival on 28 October 2016.
The Indonesian Anime Times