Colorful (film)

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This article is about the 2010 Japanese animated film. For the 2006 Malayalam film, see Colourful (film).
Directed by Keiichi Hara
Screenplay by Miho Maruo
Based on Colorful 
by Eto Mori
Starring Kazato Tomizawa
Aoi Miyazaki
Akina Minami
Music by Kō Ōtani
Edited by Toshihiko Kojima
Ascension (animation)
Sunrise (production)
Distributed by Tōhō (Japan)
Sentai Filmworks (North America)
Release dates
  • 21 August 2010 (2010-08-21)
Running time
127 minutes
Country Japan
Language Japanese
Box office $3,897,204[1]

Colorful (カラフル?) is a 2010 Japanese animated feature film directed by Keiichi Hara. It is based on the novel of the same name written by Eto Mori, produced by Sunrise and animated by the animation studio Ascension.[2] It also deals with some of the pressures on school children as they come up to graduation before entering college or university. Most of the backgrounds in the film are rotoscoped, where photos and film have been realistically traced.


Upon reaching the train station to death, a dejected soul is informed that he is 'lucky' and will have another chance at life though he does not want it. He is placed in the body of a 14-year-old boy named Makoto Kobayashi, who has just committed suicide by an overdose of pills. Watched over by a neutral spirit named Purapura in the form of a little boy, the soul must figure out what his greatest sin and mistake in his former life was before his six month time limit in Makoto's body runs out. He also has a number of other lesser duties he must complete, such as understanding what led Makoto to commit suicide in the first place and learning how to enjoy his second chance at life.

He finds Makoto did not like his family and he greatly dislikes them for the same reasons. He is contemptuous of his father who is an underdog at work, forced to work lots of unpaid overtime. Despite her efforts, he hates his mother who had a short secret affair with a dance instructor. His older brother has given up on him because he is too moody and has no friends at school or anywhere else. He discovers that a girl (Hiroka) he fancies sells herself to older men so she can have the clothes and things she wants (this does happen with some Japanese school girls). Shoko is a weird girl in his class, and art class, and Makoto tries to stay away from her. He is quite a horrible kid and it looks like he is going to waste his second chance at life till he makes friends with Saotome, a boy in the same class as him.

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It won the award for Excellent Animation of the Year at the 34th Japan Academy Prize and is nominated for Animation of the Year.[3] It also won the Animation Film Award at the 65th Mainichi Film Awards.[4] Internationally, it received the Audience Award and Special Distinction prize at the 2011 Annecy International Animated Film Festival.[5]


  1. ^ "Box office by Country: Colorful Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2012-06-04
  2. ^ "ストーリー|Colorful カラフル" (in Japanese). Sunrise. Retrieved 2012-02-06. 
  3. ^ 第 34 回日本アカデミー賞優秀賞 (in Japanese). Japan Academy Prize. Retrieved 2010-12-18. 
  4. ^ 第65回毎日映画コンクール 受賞結果発表! (in Japanese). Retrieved 2011-01-21. 
  5. ^ "Winners revealed at last!". Annecy International Animated Film Festival. 2011-06-11. Retrieved 2011-06-12. 

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