GKIDS has announced that it has acquired the North American distribution rights to the anime film Fireworks (Fireworks, Should We See it from the Side or the Bottom?) and plans to release it theatrically in Summer 2018.
The anime film adapts director Shunji Iwai’s 1993 live-action drama of the same name, but adds modern elements.
Hitoshi Ōne worked with Iwai to write the film’s script and Nobuyuki Takeuchi directed the film at studio SHAFT. Akiyuki Simbo served as chief director. Akio Watanabe designed the characters, and Satoru Kousaki composed the music. Iwai is credited with the original work.
The film opened in Japan on August 18, 2017, earning 170 million yen (about US$1.56 million) on its opening day. The film debuted at #3 in the Japanese box office. The film has earned a cumulative total of 1.6 billion yen (US$14,192,000) at the Japanese box office.