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"Look Back" Joins Hideo Kojima's List of Favorite Films

“Look Back” Joins Hideo Kojima’s List of Favorite Films

Look Back is currently showcasing in theaters overseas, and the renowned Hideo Kojima has shared his glowing review of the new film! Tatsuki Fujimoto, the creator of the Chainsaw Man series, utilized the break between the first and second halves of his manga to experiment with a few short stories. These one-shots explored new characters and perspectives, and one of them, in particular, gained such popularity that it inspired its very own anime adaptation. Now playing in theaters across Japan, this film is drawing attention from fans everywhere.

Hideo Kojima, the mastermind behind Death Stranding and other notable works, is well-known for his enthusiastic movie reviews on social media, and his reaction to Look Back is no exception. After watching the film in theaters, Kojima shared his thoughts, stating, “‘Look Back’ is one of the most remarkable anime of the past decade. I’ve written commentary for it. The original work was amazing, too.” As one of the major creators backing the film, Kojima’s extensive review has caught significant attention.

“I was shaken to my core!” Kojima’s review for Look Back began. “The tenderness, the kindness, the strength! Such rich expressions and sensitivity, surpassing even a live-action film! I was moved by the present and future of entertainment! Anime is truly incredible. I’ve already ordered Tatsuki Fujimoto’s original manga and can’t wait to ‘look back’ on it.” With the film now being screened in theaters across Japan, anticipation is building for its international release, although no dates have been confirmed yet.

Look Back is written and directed by Kiyotaka Oshiyama, who also provided the character designs for Studio Durian. The music is composed by Haruka Nakamura, who, along with singer urara, performs the film’s theme song, “Light song.” The lead roles of Fujino and Kyomoto are portrayed by Yumi Kawai and Mizuki Yoshida, respectively. The film, with a runtime of one hour and two minutes, promises to deliver an emotional and thought-provoking experience to its audience.

Avex Pictures offers a glimpse into what viewers can expect from Look Back: “Fujino, a fourth-grade student, serializes a four-panel manga in the school newspaper. Her classmates praise her work, but one day, her teacher informs her that they want to publish a four-panel manga by Kyomoto, a classmate who doesn’t attend school. The connection between the two girls is their earnest passion for manga. However, one day, an event shatters everything… A gripping and breathtaking coming-of-age story begins.”

The film’s profound impact is magnified by its compelling narrative and exquisite animation, setting it apart as a notable addition to the world of anime. Fans of Tatsuki Fujimoto’s work are particularly eager to see how the adaptation captures the essence of the original story while showcasing the unique capabilities of the anime medium.

Hideo Kojima’s endorsement of Look Back reflects its significance in the realm of contemporary anime. His reaction underscores the film’s ability to resonate deeply with audiences, combining emotional depth with a high level of artistic expression. As more viewers experience Look Back, its acclaim is expected to grow, solidifying its position as a memorable and influential film in anime history.

The anticipation for Look Back continues to build, with fans eagerly awaiting its release outside Japan. While the exact dates for international screenings remain uncertain, the film’s positive reception and strong reviews suggest that it will be well worth the wait for global audiences.