Blue Giant – Preview

Adapted from the internationally renowned manga by Shinichi Ishizuka, Blue Giant tells the story of Dai Miyamoto, a high school student whose life is turned upside down the day he discovers jazz. Picking up a saxophone and leaving his sleepy hometown for the bustling nightclubs of Tokyo, Dai will find that the life of a professional musician isn’t for the faint of heart, as he must confront what it truly means to be great.

Directed by Yuzuru Tachikawa, Blue Giant is a moving ode to the power of music and the artist, featuring a powerful and energetic score composed by world-renowned virtuoso pianist Hiromi Uehara, who performed during the opening ceremony of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. Uehara is also joined by Shun Ishikawa of Millennium Parade and saxophonist Tomoaki Baba.

Since the original manga’s publication in Big Comics magazine, Blue Giant has earned critical acclaim and been nominated for numerous awards, winning the Japan Media Arts Festival Award and the Shogakukan Manga Award. Continuing its success on the big screen, the film was shown as a sneak preview screening at the 2023 Annecy International Film Festival, and won the Audience Award at the 2023 Scotland Loves Anime festival.

Blue Giant will be released in cinemas across the United Kingdom and Ireland from 31st January 2024 in Japanese with English subtitles.

John McArthur
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