Sunday, June 24, 2018

Fireworks, Should We See It from the Side or the Bottom? (打ち上げ花火、下から見るか? 横から見るか?) in Pittsburgh, from July 3.

The 2017 Japanese animated film Fireworks, Should We See It from the Side or the Bottom? (打ち上げ花火、下から見るか? 横から見るか?) will play throughout the Pittsburgh area from July 3. The Genki Kawamura follow-up to Your Name which will play at the Cinemark Theaters in Monroeville and Pittsburgh Mills on July 3, 5, and 7, and will also play at the Row House Cinema in Lawrenceville from July 6 through 12 as part of an "In Case You Missed It" series. There will be a timely preview screening on the 4th as well. The distributor provides a summary:
Producer Genki Kawamura follows up his mega-hit Your Name with another tale of star-crossed teenage lovers with a sci-fi fantasy twist. Two junior high school pals, the shy Norimichi and fast-talking Yusuke, are goo-goo-eyed over the same elusive classmate, Nazuna. But Nazuna, unhappy over her mother’s decision to remarry and leave their countryside town, plans to run away and has silently chosen Norimichi to accompany her. When things don’t go as planned, Norimichi discovers that a glowing multi-color ball Nazuna found in the sea has the power to reset the clock and give them a second chance to be together. But each reset adds new complications and takes them father away from the real world – until they risk losing sight of reality altogether. Fireworks tells a simple story of adolescent longing that taps deep wells of emotion. It is tale of vulnerability and youthful wistfulness, of missed opportunities and long-ago dreams, the urgency of young lovers, and the desire to create a separate universe, a magic place outside of time, where they can be together.
The movie will play locally at Cinemark Theaters in Monroeville (map), Morgantown (map), and Pittsburgh Mills (map). Ticket and showtime information for all screenings is available online: