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 date(s)
  • 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]


Upon reaching the train station to death, a dejected soul is informed that he is 'lucky' and will have another chance at life. He is placed in the body of a 14-year-old boy named Makoto Kobayashi, who has just committed suicide. Watched over by a neutral spirit named Purapura, the soul must figure out what his greatest sin and mistake in his former life was before his 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.

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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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