LIZ AND THE BLUE BIRD Info and Pics From Shochiku
A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE
Shochiku Co. has provided SciFi Japan with information and images for the anime feature film, LIZ AND THE BLUE BIRD (リズと青い鳥, Liz to Aoi Tori). Directed by Naoko Yamada (A SILENT VOICE), the film is part of the SOUND! EUPHONIUM (響け! ユーフォニアム, Hibike! Yuufoniamu) anime franchise based on the novels by Ayano Takeda.
She’s a Blue Bird.
She is only happy when flying freely in the sky.
But I was afraid of being left behind, alone.
So I trapped her in a cage and pretended not to notice.
Mizore Yoroizuka plays the oboe and Nozomi Kasaki plays the flute in Kita Uji High School’s concert band. As seniors, this will be their last competition together. The selected piece “Liz and the Blue Bird” features a solo for the oboe and flute.
“This piece reminds me of us,” Nozomi says cheerfully, enjoying the solo, while Nozomi’s happiness is tinged with dread of the inevitable day when they must part. They’re supposed to be “best friends” but the oboe and flute solo sounds disjointed, as if underscoring a growing distance between them.
Talk of college creates a small rift in their relationship, as the story evolves to reveal a shocking and emotional conclusion.
Release Date: April 21, 2018 (Nationwide Roadshow)
Running Time: 90 Minutes
Mizore Yoroizuka: Atsumi Tanezaki
Nozomi Kasaki: Nao Tôyama
Natsuki Nakagawa: Konomi Fujimura
Liz: Miyu Honda
Yuko Yoshikawa: Yuri Yamaoka
Ririka Kenzaki: Shiori Sugiura
Kumiko Omae: Tomoyo Kurosawa
Hazuki Kato: Ayaka Asai
Sapphire “Midori” Kawashima: Moe Toyota
Reina Kosaka: Chika Anzai
Satomi Niiyama: Houko Kuwashima
Masahiro Hashimoto: Yuichi Nakamura
Noboru Taki: Takahiro Sakurai
Director: Naoko Yamada
Original Story: Sound! Euphonium by Ayano Takeda (Published by Takarajimasha Bunko)
Screenplay: Reiko Yoshida
Character Design: Futoshi Nishiya
Art Director: Mutsuo Shinohara
Color Design: Naomi Ishida
Musical Instrument Setting: Hiroyuki Takahashi
Director of Photography: Kazuya Takao
3D Director: Tetsuro Umezu
Sound Director: Yota Tsuruoka
Music: Kensuke Ushio
Music Production: Lantis
Music Production Cooperation: Senzoku Gakuen College of Music
Brass Band Supervision: Masahiro Owada
Production Company: Hibike Partners
Production Studio: Kyoto Animation
World Sales: Pony Canyon
© Ayano Takeda,TAKARAJIMASHA/Hibike Partners
About Shochiku Co., Ltd.
Shochiku traces its origins to 1895 when Takejiro Otani presented his first stage play. They also produced the first color motion picture in Japan, and have expanded into TV dramas, video contents, Kabuki presentation, theater operations, and real estate.
The company has become a symbol of enduring tradition as the exclusive promoter of the Kabuki theater in Japan as well as widely known as the creator of the world’s longest-running feature film series TORA-SAN.
The company is making all possible efforts to develop business in various fields, including multimedia and co-productions, across generation, national, and cultural borders.