Rainbow-Colored Fireflies: The Eternal Summer Vacation Trailer, Japanese Movie Box Office Charts

This week I posted some trailers for Another, and Helter Skelter and went to my final Japanese class until September – silly film related story at the bottom of this post. Anyway… The films released last week looked awesome soooo…

What is happening in the Japanese movie box office charts?

  1. Thermae Romae
  2.  Sadako 3D
  3.  Space Brothers
  4.  Detective Conan: The Mystery of the Eleventh Striker
  5.  Larry Crowne

Sadako 3D is not number 1. I am genuinely surprised. Japan must really need a comedy because Thermae Romae is at number 1 for a third week in a row with Sadako 3D entering at number 2. While I was not convinced about the latest Ringu film’s ability to scare I thought it would “dominate the Japanese charts for the next few weeks” because Sadako is such an icon and the film looked like fun. The only other new entry is Larry Crowne which has entered at number 5 which Curiosity Kitty recently reviewed and pretty much dismissed. Unfortunately Rent a Cat didn’t chart in the top ten. What’s released today?

Rainbow-Coloured Fireflies – The Eternal Summer Vacation

Japanese Title: Niji-Iro Hotaru: Eien no Natsu YasumiNiji-iro Hotaru Eien no Natsu Yasumi Poster

Release Date: 19th May 2012 (Japan)

Running Time: N/A

Director: Konosuke Uda

Writer: Kei Kunii (Script), Masayuki Kawaguchi (manga)  

Starring: Akashi Takei, Ayumi Kimura, Kairo Nitta, Taro Ishida, Takahiro Sakurai, Kazuya Nakai, Chikao Otsuka

Rainbow-Colored Fireflies: The Eternal Summer Vacation (Niji-iro Hotaru Eien no Natsu Yasumi) is released today by Toei Animation. The film is based on Masayuki Kawaguchi’s 2007 novel of the same name. It is directed by Konosuke Uda who helmed Galaxy Express 999: Eternal Fantasy and the recent TV anime Ginga e Kickoff!!. Other big names involved include Hisashi Mori who has worked on classic movies The Girl Who Leapt Through Time and Tokyo Godfathers. Takaaki Yamashita (Summer Wars) is adding visual art, and Seiki Tamura (K-ON!, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya) is performing duties as art director. Yumi Matsutōya, the artist responsible for the themes to the classic Ghibli movie Kiki’s Delivery Service is providing the theme song for this film while her husband provides music.


The story follows a young boy named Yuuta, who lost his father in a car accident a year ago. One day, all alone, he goes to catch a beetle at a dam deep in the mountains he used to visit with his father. On his journey he meets a strange old man and it starts raining. Yuuta slips, falls off a bridge and passes out. When he wakes up he finds himself in a village that should be under water but he has travelled back 30 years in the past. With children named Saeko and Kenjo he experiences summer activities like collecting fireworks, catching a rare beetle and discovering his first love. These experiences will be part of his precious summer memories.

My silly tale:

I was on my way to a Japanese test when I decided to head to the cinema to check the times for Two Days in New York. Annoyingly the posters announcing the times had been replaced for posters of The Raid. Then I noticed the red carpet on the ground. Now this is the cinema where Doctor Who received its premiere so perhaps Gareth Evans, director of The Raid was in town. I went into the cinema to ask if he was about and he was… but time was running and so I headed to class so I could revise. Although I missed scoring some great pictures/possibly a few words for Gareth Evans my Japanese test went rather well – the Kanji section was EASY.

2 thoughts on “Rainbow-Colored Fireflies: The Eternal Summer Vacation Trailer, Japanese Movie Box Office Charts

  1. Larry Crowne made it into box office charts?! That is… surprising. To say the least. I’m not too enamoured with Fireflies‘ visual style (I say that, but there were a couple of scenes in that trailer that looked lovely), even though it sounds rather charming.

    Good to hear that your exam/ test went well, but that’s a shame about the premiere! I hadn’t really thought about The Raid until I saw the trailer on the big screen the other week, and suddenly I can’t wait to see it. Looks fantastic. Are you interested?

    1. Thanks for the kind words about the exam. I’m also surprised by Larry Crowne making it that high up especially after reading your review. Maybe Tom Hanks is really popular. I felt the same way that you did about Fireflies but as I watched the twenty minute preview Toei released last week it grew on me. The Raid really hasn’t caught my imagination all that much but the fact that the director is British is pretty cool.

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