The Nippon Academy-Sho Association presents the Japan Academy Film Prize, which is now in its 46th year, to recognize excellence in filmmaking. Since 1978, the Japan Academy Film Prize Association has been presenting a series of prizes for outstanding Japanese films.
The Grand Prince Hotel New Takanawa in Tokyo hosted an awards ceremony on Friday to present the 46th annual Japan Academy Film Prizes. The First Slam Dunk, the new anime film of Takehiko Inoue’s Slam Dunk basketball manga, won Animation of the Year. Suzume, INU-OH, One Piece Film Red, and Lonely Castle in the Mirror were the additional movies nominated for Animation of the Year.
Other titles that stood out in the event were Radwimps and Kazuma Jinnouchi, who received the award for Best Music for Makoto Shinkai’s Suzume film.
Osamu Ichikawa, Keizo Suzuki, and Eri Sakushima received the award for best cinematography; Sosuke Yoshikado won best lighting; and Yuji Hayashida and Eri Sakushima won best art direction, all for Shin Ultraman.
The First Slam Dunk, based on Takehiko Inoue’s Slam Dunk basketball manga, became South Korea’s highest-grossing film. The movie sold a total of 3,818,000 tickets. The picture grossed $30,386,627 in the United States. It has surpassed Makoto Shinkai’s Your Name as South Korea’s highest-grossing anime film.
About The First Slam Dunk
The First Slam Dunk is the first full-length anime movie from the Slam Dunk franchise. It is directed and written by Takehiko Inoue, the creator of the Slam Dunk manga series, marking his debut as a director.
The movie follows Ryota Miyagi, the point guard of the Shohoku Basketball Team. Ryota, Hanamichi, and others challenge the Sanno school, the current inter-high basketball champions.
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