7 Days, a gem of Japanese animation, hits theaters on October 6. Do not miss this moving nugget around a group of young people rebelling against authority!
WHAT IS IT ABOUT ?
The day before summer vacation, Mamoru discovers that his neighbor Aya, with whom he is secretly in love, is going to move. He suggests that she run away for a week to celebrate her 17th birthday. They hide in an abandoned factory where they are joined by their friends.
They soon discover that they are not alone in hiding there: a young Thai refugee tries to escape the police while waiting to find his parents. The joyous escapade planned by Mamoru then turns into a 7-day war to save their protégé.
A YOUNG TALENTOUS DIRECTOR
7 jours is an adaptation of the novel written by Osamu Sôda published, 7 Days War, published in 1985. The book aroused phenomenal enthusiasm among middle and high school students, becoming a bestseller and a true classic of Japanese literature.
It is the director Yuta Murano, who notably officiated on the excellent series Kakushigoto, who directs the film. He surrounded himself with a big name in the script: Ichirô Ôkôchi, famous for his work on Code Geass or Devilman Crybaby. 7 jours is his first feature film intended for the big screen.
Born September 24, 1984, Murano joined the Ajiadô animation studio in which Tsutomu Shibayama works, a filmmaker to whom he has immense respect. The latter has worked on Doraemon and the Chibi Maruko chan or Nintama Rantarô series.
In 2015, he distinguished himself as the director of episodes of the series Brave Beats. He then continues to prove himself in the production on the series How not to summon a Demon Lord and Dream Festival (Dreafes).
Murano seized the themes of the original book, which has sold over 20 million copies, to dust it off. The filmmaker was keen to inject the dose of modernity necessary for an adaptation in 2021, in the era of social networks, bringing a scathing criticism.
Thus, the plot of the anime resonates with the news, especially on issues of identity, harassment, isolation, the dangers of the Internet and depression. 7 Days offers a breath of fresh air for teenagers and a healthy dose of loving nostalgia for adults.
“The theme of my books has never changed. I wrote 7 days war with a bit of irony, thinking of those adults from the revolutionary generation of Japan, those who in their youth fought for more freedom but who once they become adults restrain their children like them were once restrained. Which explains why I was surprised to find that the age group that reacted the most when the book was published was that of college students “, confides the writer Osamu Sôda.
A scriptwriting working group made up of ten people was formed around the director Yuta Murano and the scriptwriter Ishirô Ôkôchi. This team notably carried out scouting in Hokkaido, the region where the film takes place, and questioned college students.
The director went in person to a high school to conduct interviews with students. He really wanted to portray the characters in 7 Days as real as possible.
ANIMATION AND MUSIC
Illustrator Keisin did the character design, in some ways reminiscent of Masaaki Yuasa’s work, especially on his recent Ride Your Wave. The artist has a supple touch that he embellishes with bright colors, crunching the peculiarities of his characters with surgical precision.
On the music side, the soundtrack composed by Jun Ichikawa has won the hearts of the team and will not fail to move you too. As for the sung themes, they are the work of Sano Ibuki, a young independent author and talented performer. The director directly offered him to work on the film, being a fan of his universe.
GIVING A GOOD LESSON TO ADULTS
There is only one thing that the author Osamu Sôda absolutely cared about: “may the story always remain that of children teaching adults a good lesson. But it must not be an excruciating battle, only a jubilant battle in which children use their knowledge and courage as arms, and where it all ends in joy and good humor.
When I read the screenplay, I found it very well written, drawing on the “adventure and humor” spirit of the original work. I was then able to see moving images of the abandoned factory, which only added to my excitement and impatience for the future. “, assures the novelist born in 1928.
Note that the book first inspired a live-action film released in 1988: Bokura no nanoka-kan sensô. Its main actress, Rié Miyazawa, has also taken over the character of Hitomi Nakayama in 7 days by lending her her voice.
The animated film is released on October 6 opposite Dying Can Wait. Do not hesitate to give him a chance, he deserves it!