Colorful: The Motion Picture [DVD] 
- SKU: 21027242
- Release Date: 05/14/2013
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Keiichi Hara directs this supernatural fantasy about a second chance at life penned by veteran director Yoshimitsu Morita. The film centers on Makoto (Koki Tanaka) a would-be teenaged suicide who is brought back to life when the spirit of another dead lad enters his body. This new lease on life comes with strings attached, though; Makoto needs to fix the greatest mistake of his past life. While the old Makoto was withdrawn and geeky, the revived version is outgoing and chipper. He is much more interested in exploring the world around him than meeting his ultimatum. He quickly learns that his family is adrift and utterly bored. The father (Sakae Takita) is a former volleyball star whose career was derailed after a bribery scandal. Now his former passion is felt fleetingly while coaching a volleyball team for housewives. His mother (Sawako Agawa) flirts with a hunky foreign English teacher. While time ticks away, he starts obsessing over his beautiful, yet aloof, classmate Hiroka (Asuka Komayu). Will Makoto be able to atone for his past sins in time? ~ Jonathan Crow, Rovi
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movieAugust 12, 2015
This movie really surprised me. It starts out very surreal and different; you are watching things from the main character's point of view, rather than looking at him, and you are welcomed into a sort of in-between place for souls to go before they move on after death. You are quickly stopped by a small boy who informs you that though you don't remember it, you have committed a terrible deed in your life and you are now given an opportunity to return to life in the body of another and redeem yourself. No, not just an opportunity - an order. This is a mandatory task. And so what can you do? You go. The story sort of sucks you in there. The main character is placed in another's body - the body of a boy called Makoto, who has recently committed suicide - and must learn what he can about the boy's life in the hopes that he will remember his own and reform. However, the trials and ugliness of Makoto's life soon depress him and he becomes almost nonchalant about his mission. The people he interacts with and the experiences he has are sometimes rather disturbing, at least for me personally. This film is not rated, and while I think it could get by with a PG because there is nothing explicit actually shown, I would venture to give it a PG-13 because of the mature issues it deals with. However, the beauty of the film is hardly lessoned by this content - rather it is strengthened. I always appreciate it when a film or book is honest about life, rather than making it appear all sunshine. Makoto would not have committed suicide if his life was perfect and clean. And so it isn't. Which makes the journeys of each of the characters, and mostly of the main character, far more real and meaningful. This movie is about finding the value of yourself, your life, and others. It is not a gentle story. But it is rewarding at the end. A wonderful film, with lovely animation, appallingly real characters, and a message about life that is well worth hearing.
I would recommend this to a friend
Great Plot and Wonderful StoryApril 19, 2014
This movie popped up as a recommendation, so I thought I'd give it a try; boy am I happy I did! This movie is colorful (forgive my pun!) to say the least. I love the way the story followed and where it surprisingly went! I was happy with the outcome and surprising finish. This movie is worth having in your collection, as you could enjoy it over and over. Definitely a "darker" anime, and I don't recommend it for anyone under 10 or so. I know they have a guide, but I don't follow them with my 8yo. He loves anime, so I screen it myself first. This one would be a bit harder to understand and explain the suicide in the begining, and hence how the story continues. It is a lovely story however, so I do recommend it!
I would recommend this to a friend
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