I met up with my pal Sean for lunch 2 days after the funeral.
I might normally meet up with him yearly however that isn’t the one time I might see him within the yr (too many hints and folks will know which Sean I’m referring to.)
Close to the top of the yr, he dumped the news that Singapore will get its first exclusive screening of the film The First Slam dunk. The tickets will price SG$89, inclusive of merchandise. I assumed it was steep however in all honesty, I may not care however go and watch it as a result of I can afford it, and secondly, it’s Slam Dunk!
I at all times puzzled how our youngsters would take a look at us if they’ve a spy digicam to see what we do typically. I believe our children would have an excellent chortle at how comparable 40-year-old adults behave in comparison with them.
They’d see us scrolling by means of our social media, then scroll again up and see this teaser of a second season of Slam Dunk… or was it a film? Then, we’ll click on on it, and skim it. After which… we’ll seek for completely different sources to test if that is legit.
There may be nonetheless a bit of boy that exists in most males.
Should you grew up in our era watching soccer, and taking part in basketball, it’s fairly doubtless you’d have come throughout the Chicago Bulls and… Slam Dunk.
On the final day of the funeral, Sean shared that The First Slam dunk film might be within the theatres. With all that is happening, I believe watching a film is the very last thing on my thoughts.
We met up, and speak store, however Sean mentioned: “The vast majority of the plot, we all know already… however I believe we should always nonetheless watch it.”
I went again to the workplace, then determine to test the itemizing. Fortunately, the film was proven within the cinemas. I made a decision to guide my ticket to observe it that weekend.
Takehiko Inoue first wrote concerning the story of the gang chief and delinquent Hanamichi Sakuragi from 1990 by means of 1996. That’s most likely my secondary college days. In his first yr at Shohoku highschool, he meets Haruko Akagi and was overjoyed that she doesn’t discover him repulsive (in contrast to many ladies earlier than). Haruko launched Sakuragi to the varsity basketball workforce.
Sakuragi dislikes basketball as a result of he thinks it’s a sport for losers. It didn’t assist the final lady he misplaced was to a basketball participant. The manga takes us on a journey with Sakuragi as he discovers his love for basketball.
Should you want to watch the anime, you’ll be able to watch it here.
Most of us know that in terms of basketball, the First Slam Dunk revolves round Shohoku’s pivotal match in opposition to inter-high basketball champions Sannoh college. That isn’t new.
What’s new is the selection of the primary lead.
As an alternative of continuous with Hanamichi Sakuragi because the lead, Inoue, now in his 50s, determined to heart the film across the speedy level guard Ryota Miyagi.
Miyagi was chosen perhaps due to his lack of a lot backstory and in addition as a result of Inoue used to play as a degree guard.
This film may not come out due to Inoue.
Again in 2003, a producer at Toei Animation approached Inoue if he was keen to do a film on Slam Dunk as a result of the anime was so widespread. Inoue rejected them (and a number of different proposals put in entrance of him). Six years later (2009), it was Inoue who approached the producer by difficult them to ship him a adequate proposal.
The producer, Toshiyuki Matsui, assembled a workforce that spend the following FIVE years growing proposal prototype movies of the visible look utilizing 3DCG.
In 2014, Inoue had dinner with Matsui and greenlighted the film.
“The pilot video I obtained in 2014 contained the spirit of the creator. The animator’s enthusiasm and devotion appealed to me somewhat than the computer-generated imagery and the standard of the video. So I made a decision to offer it a go,”
Matsui instructed Inoue ought to script and direct, as he was the particular person to be trusted essentially the most with the character’s dialogue, visible look, and expression.
I used to be open-minded however deep down, I had reservations concerning the film:
- Basing the story on a extra obscure particular person.
- The bizarre animation.
- Centering on a conclusion a lot of the followers find out about.
Sequels or remakes are difficult as a result of it’s essential to stay as much as followers’ expectations and be completely different, but these new to the franchises ought to nonetheless benefit from the story.
That’s the reason most find yourself being poorer than the unique. Simply ask what Star Wars followers consider these three episodes.
I went to observe the present alone, similar to High Gun Maverick a couple of months in the past.
Strolling round NEX earlier than and after the film was most likely the least irritating feeling in a very long time. I kinda neglect that feeling of not needing to jog by means of my thoughts what’s the subsequent factor I have to do.
Here’s what I instructed Sean after the top credit rolled:
The film hit nearly every little thing proper for a traditional fan-favorite manga.
The second the film transits to the primary gameplay between Sannoh and Shohoku, why they spend a lot effort on that “bizarre” animation. You’ll be able to really feel that the animation was pc graphics but on the identical time it actually makes the whole basketball scene extra actual.
It’s a kind of issues that after you see this particular person act on this traditional movie, you can not image how these actors that acquired handed over or rejected within the film will look within the movie.
The superior pc graphics additionally enable Inoue to inform his story in several methods. The delicate change in facial options, and the grin expressed what’s about to return higher than phrases may.
Some followers had been nervous that the light-hearted parts can be misplaced with this CG however Inoue was capable of inject them in his personal means. They turned out alright.
Inoue revealed prior to now that if he had been to do Slam Dunk once more, he would add extra narrative to Ryota’s character. Whether it is about the identical previous story, he would possibly as properly don’t do it. There’s a new, underlying message that he wished us to consider after the movie.
The story was about loss, expectations, and accountability.
Additionally it is a present most likely becoming for somebody who simply misplaced somebody.
The movie makes use of the Sannoh recreation as a base to weave in not simply Ryota’s story however Mitsui, Rukawa, Akagi, and eventually Sakuragi’s backstory in a really seamless method.
As a content material producer, I can actually admire how somebody can put collectively completely different components to type an excellent story that retains you wanting increasingly more.
Close to the beginning of the film, Ryota acknowledges that by taking part in Sannoh, he has lastly come an extended technique to play on the massive stage. However you haven’t any concept what Sannoh meant for him till practically three-quarters into the film. That, collectively, with Ryota’s distinctive relationship with Akagi and Mitsui, was accomplished very properly. There was no lengthy flashback bullshit.
Inoue connects every little thing properly Ryota’s relationship with the workforce member to the delicate actions within the Sannoh match.
Inoue subtly offered a scene for Sannoh’s bests participant Eiji Sawakita, Japan’s number one highschool participant. It reveals Sawakita’s non secular facet as he goes to the temple and needs for steerage. It reveals his nature, and what he thinks concerning the competitors in Japan and it amplifies the tone of the match another way.
The trailers… didn’t reveal a lot.
However I had to return and rewatch the trailers to see how a lot they hid within the trailers. You can’t discover any streams of the film, however if you wish to know the way the film unfolds, this YouTube video is the closest:
And you’ve got a deeper appreciation for the woman who repeated “Ike” within the trailer.
I believe Sean is aware of the movie is nice however decides to threat managing my expectations in case my perspective is completely different however like High Gun Maverick, they had been nice.
First Slam Dunk ought to nonetheless be exhibiting within the cinemas.