Japanese film GIFT OF FIRE to be released in US

The highly anticipated Gift of Fire, a new film about Japan’s little-known attempt to build an atomic bomb at the end of World War II, which hit Japanese theaters on August 6, will be released in the United States on November 12 by Eleven Arts, based in Los Angeles. Workshops.

The film was written and directed by Hiroshi Kurosaki (Goldfish (aka Hi No Sakana) and Second Virgin from 2011), produced by Ko Mori (Prisoners of the Ghostland, Lords of Chaos), Katsuhiro Tsuchiya (Oh Lucy !, 37 seconds), Takahiro Hamano (Burning by Lee Chang-dong) and was a co-production between Japanese channel NHK and Eleven Arts. Laureate Nico Muhly (The Reader) composed the score. Aeon Entertainment is distributing the film in Japan.

Gift of Fire stars Yuya Yagira, who won the Best Actor award at Cannes for his work on Hirokazu Koreeda’s Nobody Knows. He plays a young scientist from the bomb-making team who begins to doubt his purpose and the purpose of his work. The film traces the relationship between the scientist, his younger brother, an officer in the Imperial Army, played by the late Haruma Miura (Attack on Titan), and their lifelong friend played by Arimori Kasumi (Rurouni Kenshin: Final Chapter, part I – The final). The character of Yagira, as well as the story, is based on the diary of a true atomic researcher discovered 10 years ago by Kurosaki. Working primarily for public broadcaster NHK, Kurosaki directed episodes of NHK’s 2017 hit drama “Hiyokko”. His screenplay for Gift of Fire won a Special Mention at the 2015 Sundance Institute / NHK Awards.

Since the release of Gift of Fire in Japan on August 6, 2021, the film has topped the Japanese box office charts for its opening weekend, siting in the top 10 highest grossing weekend releases. . In terms of Japanese live-action movies, Gift of Fire is one of the most famous Amir Naderi, acclaimed international filmmaker says, “Gift of Fire is a sensitive work of art, and also a film that transports us to the world in 1945. It will be stuck in my mind forever. “

Ko Mori, the film’s producer, talks about the creation of Gift of Fire. “When I first read the script for Gift of Fire, I had no idea that during WWII Japan was developing an atomic bomb alongside the rest of the world. Instead of being a big movie about World War II, the story focuses on the intimate details of three young characters’ lives. They face the same battles as all of us, while also taking part in the life-changing scientific developments of the time and a war of epic proportions.

Reading the script, I immediately felt that this story needed to be shared. It was difficult to make the film, because especially in Japan, the film touches on a very difficult subject. Everything related to the atomic bomb is very sensitive to the people of both countries, as it should be. WWII was a time of great division between the United States and Japan, and I wanted to produce this film in both countries, to help signify the growth of collaboration between the two places and the two cultures, and to see how far we’ve come. “

Writer / Director Hiroshi Kurosaki adds, “Gift of Fire is a story of youth, dreams and scientific possibilities. On the one hand, the story reflects the romanticism present when one floats on the surface of the ocean and watches the starry sky to imagine the vastness of the universe.On the other hand, the story explores the crimes that can be committed in the name of science and discovery, in the context of World War II, but linked to the present. I hope people all over the world watch this movie and challenge their own ideas about war, youth, science and love. “

Gift of Fire will be released in theaters across the United States on November 12, 2021.

Watch the trailer here:

Marie A. Evans