Japan Michael Arias movies news

Live-action debut from Tekkon Kinkreet director opens

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…in Japan of course. Although director Michael Arias was born in the US, he’s been living in Tokyo for over 15 years, and Heaven’s Door is again shot completely in Japanese. I was impressed with Arias’ intelligence and attitude after watching the extras on the Tekkon Kinkreet Blu-ray, so look forward to seeing this at some point in the future. The Daily Yomiuri has the details:

Inspired by the German movie Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door (1997), Heaven’s Door is a road movie about Masato (Nagase) and Harumi (Mayuko Fukuda), who are diagnosed as having just three days to live. Since Harumi has never seen the ocean in her life, Masato decides to take her there before they die.

Arias and scriptwriter Mika Omori recreated the original to make the storyline and feel of the movie more Japanese.

To make the Japanese version, Arias had to clear one possible barrier to audiences accepting the story. That is, it seemed improbable that there could be anyone in the entire Japanese archipelago who has never seen the ocean.

Apparently, excellent UK techno duo Plaid return again to provide the soundtrack, which is excellent news after their work on TK. One to watch out for, but let’s hope it doesn’t mean Arias is completely done with making animation.

4 thoughts on “Live-action debut from Tekkon Kinkreet director opens”

  1. I am really impressed with what I have seen so far, and the music is FANTASTIC! It better be available in the U.S. soon.

    I can’t wait to see more animation directed by Arias, the spot he did for NHK was fantastic as well, and Tekkon is just well, one of the greatest things ever made.

  2. I haven’t seen much about it yet – there was a trailer on Twitch but last time i looked it had disappeared. And yeah, I would hope the music is great, Plaid truly are fantastic.

    Arias is great – he got a lot of shit from the TK fanboys for not catching the real spirit of the manga – but it’s still a fantastic film. He comes over as very serious and dedicated in the extras on the blu-ray, which is good to see.

  3. I don’t believe so, sadly. As far as I know it hasn’t even had a DVD release in Japan yet. But keep an eye on the site – as soon as I know anything I’ll be letting people know!

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