Shaft’s anime adaptation of Uchiage Hanabi, Shita kara Miru ka? Yoko kara Miru ka? (Fireworks, Should We See it from the Side or the Bottom?), or simply Fireworks, is already a box office success!
The movie’s staff revealed that it earned 170 million yen ($1.56 million) on opening day on Friday. Fireworks is projected to earn 4 billion yen ($36.6 million) at the box office, which would continue the trend of anime movies crossing the billion yen milestone.
Fireworks is an adaptation of an award-winning 1993 live-action movie of the same name. Shaft’s adaptation adds modern elements, but the story follows that same premise. During summer vacation, a group of boys plans to view fireworks from the lighthouse. They want to see if the fireworks look round or flat from the side. Meanwhile, one of the boys, Norimuchi, receives an invitation from his crush to run away with her.
Hitoshi One (Bakuman live-action director) wrote the new script and Nobuyuki Takeuchi made his directorial debut with the movie.
Fireworks will be distributed to 110 different countries and regions in the future.