Popular Classic Manga Coming to Theaters - Movie Maestro! to Release on Jan. 31, 2015

© 2015 Maestro! Production Committee

The movie Maestro! will release Japan-wide on Jan. 31, 2015. Maestro! is based on the classic manga of the same name created by Akira Saso. The series won the Excellence Award at the 12th Japan Media Arts Festival. At has also received other high praise as well, including being nominated for the 13th Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize. The story tells of a disbanded orchestra led by a mysterious conductor named Tendo who wields carpenter tools instead of a conductor’s stick and depicts the efforts of him and his assembled group of washouts in making music.

Playing the young violinist Shinichi Kosaka is Tori Matsuzuka, and playing Tetsusaburo Tendo, a mysterious conductor who plans to reform the noted orchestra, is Toshiyuki Nishida. The main visual to the movie has now been released. In it, Kosaka and Tendo look impressive.

Among the stage plays and movies he is vigorously active in, this is a standout role for Matsuzuka, who is playing Kosaka. Nishida, who is playing Tendo, has such a commanding presence he can be called the face of the Japanese movie industry. These two, who are working together for the first time, will challenge themselves with performing and commanding music and exhibit the breadth of their acting abilities.

Also, singer/songwriter Miwa, who has become overwhelmingly popular in recent times, is performing for the first time in a movie. She will give an innocent performance as Amane Tachibana, a prodigal flute player. We can’t wait for the music and for this actress’ fresh performance.

Directing the movie is Shotaro Kobayashi of Mainichi Kaasan. The scriptwriter is Satoko Okudera, who won the Japan Academy Award for Screenplay of the Year for Rebirth. Because Okudera has also worked on several of director Mamoru Hosoda’s works including The Girl Who Leapt Through Time and Wolf Children, she is well known among anime fans. Also making his debut in the world of Japanese movies is conductor Yutaka Sado, well known for his works including Untitled Concert, as a supervisor in charge of teaching how to conduct and making sure the performance is accurate. Pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii is in charge of the ending theme. The work is colored with a wonderful staff.

Maestro! Official Site

Source: animeanime
Source article written by Katsunori Takahashi

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