Studio 4°C, the Japanese animation studio founded by Eiko Tanaka and Koji Morimoto in 1986, that produced successes such as Japan Academy Award winner, “Tekkonkinkreet” and “MFKZ”, is now behind the adaptation of Daisuke Igarashi’s award-winning fantasy manga Kaiju no Kodomo / Children of the Sea. 

Directed by Ayumu Watanabe, “Children of the Sea” looks as gorgeous as the original source material. The original music score is by renown composer Joe Hisayshi while the theme song “Umi no Yuurei” (“The ghost in the sea”, Sony Music Labels), was written, composed, arranged, and performed by young singer-songwriter Kenshi Yonezu who is an early fan of the original Manga. Kenichi Konishi is in charge of character design.

The movie will debut June 7th in Japan before making a debut in the US later this year, courtesy of prestigious, New York-based distributor GKIDS (Funan, Perfect Blue, Mirai)

Synopsis:

During a summer vacation, Ruka, an introverted and  disaffected junior high school student, meets two mysterious boys raised by dugongs “Umi” and “Sora,” that can swim like fish. Ruka’s dad works at an aquarium and memories of a ghost she saw there in her childhood still hunt her.

Meanwhile, something strange and unexplained is happening all over the world: fish are disappearing. So, Ruka, the 2 boys and the adults from the aquarium begin their fascinating marine adventure.

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On paper I am an Italian living in London, in reality I was born and bread in a popcorn bucket. I've loved cinema since I was a little child and I’ve always had a passion and interest for Asian (especially Japanese) pop culture, food and traditions, but on the cinema side, my big, first love is Hong Kong Cinema. Then - by a sort of osmosis - I have expanded my love and appreciation to the cinematography of other Asian countries. I like action, heroic bloodshed, wu-xia, Shaw Bros (even if it’s not my specialty), Anime, and also more auteur-ish movies. Anything that is good, really, but I am allergic to rom-com (unless it’s a HK rom-com, possibly featuring Andy Lau in his 20s)"