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friends NAKI ON THE MONSTER ISLAND

Original Title:
friends もののけ島のナキ
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Introduction

Creator of consistent multi-genre box office hits such as "Always: Sunset on 3rd St." and "Space Battleship Yamato", director Takashi Yamazaki has teamed up with longtime friend, Ryuichi Yagi, to turn his hand to an exciting full-CGI 3D adventure. Utilizing Yamazaki's know-how from the world of live action and blending it with cutting edge CG techniques, the unique result is sure to take the world by storm.
Having shed many tears over it as a child, Yamazaki always wanted to create a film adaptation of the Japanese folk-tale classic, "The Red Demon Who Cried". This bold re-interpretation of it creates a comical portrayal of the friendship between human and demon which resolves itself into a moving and dramatic action-filled ending.

Story

"Never venture out to Monster Island…"
Way out to sea, shrouded in fog, lies a spooky island said to the home to a host of terrifying monsters. Even to approach it is forbidden. Yet, one day, a human child, Kotake, loses his way and ends up face to face with the mysterious creatures that live there.

"Humans are here!"
Kotake's appearance sparks a panic amidst the world of the monsters. Actually, the monsters themselves live in fear of humans. They entrust the care of the infant to the rough-and-tumble red demon, Naki and his side-kick, blue demon Gunjo.

"I hate all humans!"
At first Naki and the human child Kotake butt heads constantly but as they spend more time together, Naki's heart begins to stir with affection. Before long, an inseparable bond forms between them.

"We monsters can never be friends with humans!"
However, no matter how close they become, the truth is that humans and monsters cannot co-exist. It's inevitable that the sad day of parting must come. However, a momentously moving outcome lies beyond this...

Cast

KATORI Shingo

Naki

YAMADERA Koichi

Gunjo

ABE Sadawo

Goyan

Data

Director
YAMAZAKI Takashi
YAGI Ryuichi
Original Story
HAMADA Hirosuke
Producer
SAWABE Nobumasa
UEDA Megumi
MORIYA Keiichiro
SHIBUYA Kiyoko
Planning
KAWAMURA Genki
Screenplay
YAMAZAKI Takashi
Music
SATO Naoki
Theme Song
MISIA
Release Date in Japan
2011.12.17
Running time
87min
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