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Blue Giant

Beyond Ghibli

© 2023 BLUE GIANT Movie project | © 2013 Shinichi Ishizuka, Shogakukan

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Revered pianist Hiromi Uehar composed the score for this electrifying jazz anime, a movie which makes no apology for its obsession with the sound and fury of musical ferment. It’s the story of Dai, a young man who decides he’s going to to be the next John Coltrane. He leaves his sleepy hometown for the crowded nightclubs of Tokyo, and eventually forms a trio — Jass — with pianist Yukinori and drummer Shunji. But do they have what it takes to make it?

The director Yuzuru Tachikawa has described the film as “a concert in the theatre”, and that’s right: this movie is all about applying animation to express musicality. Which is why this is the definitive jazz movie of the last decade.

 

Mar 23: Screening will be preceded by a free 30-minute set in the atrium by Erika Chow’s Blue Giant Trio at 7:30 pm

 

The film beautifully captures the power of live performance, the passion and intensity woven into the fabric of jazz, and most impressively the way they pour their life experiences into their art. So the key for each of them as they develop as musicians is to bare their souls. This is bold, thrilling, powerfully moving storytelling.

Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall

Bursting off the screen in a cacophony of improvised jam sessions and electrifying solo performances, Blue Giant proves an intoxicating kaleidoscope of ambition, passion, sacrifice and all that jazz.

James Marsh, South China Morning Post

Blue Giant is as improbably close to watching a live performance as animation can get. A swooning big-screen experience.

Tara Brady, The Irish Times

 

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Director

Yuzuru Tachikawa

Credits
Country of Origin

Japan

Year

2023

Language

In Japanese with English subtitles

PG

Open to youth!

90 min

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March 23’s screening will be preceded by a free 30-minute set in the atrium by Erika Chow’s Blue Giant Trio at 7:30 pm

Erika Chow headshot

Erika Chow

Erika Chow may be small in stature, but she’s big in her ideas and her passion for music. That’s why she’s one of the most talked about young saxophonists on the Vancouver Jazz scene. For this special screening of Blue Giant, she’s put together a trio featuring Raphael Agustin on bass, and Jordy McIntosh on drums.

Credits

Screenwriter

Number 8

Cinematography

Kasumi Tougou

Editor

Kiyoshi Hirose

Original Music

Hiromi Uehara

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