Moshidora (film)

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Moshidora
Moshidora movie poster.png
Poster advertising Moshidora in Japan
Directed by Makoto Tanaka
Written by Natsumi Iwasaki (the original book), Makoto Tanaka
Distributed by Toho
Release dates
  • 4 June 2011 (2011-06-04) (Japan)
Country Japan
Language Japanese

Moshi Kōkō Yakyū no Joshi Manager ga Drucker no "Management" o Yondara (もし高校野球の女子マネージャーがドラッカーの『マネジメント』を読んだら What if the Manager of a High School Baseball Team Read Drucker's "Management"??) (or Moshidora for short) is a 2011 Japanese live-action film directed by Makoto Tanaka which was released in Japanese cinemas on 4 June 2011.[1] It is based on the bestselling book of the same name and followed a preceding anime series also of the same name.[2][3]

Story[edit]

The movie is about Minami Kawashima (played by Atsuko Maeda), a high school girl who becomes the manager of her school's baseball team in place of her hospitalized friend, Yuki Miyata (Haruna Kawaguchi).[4][5] She tries to lead the team to the National High School Baseball Championship by learning strategies from the business book Management: Tasks, Responsibilities, Practices by Peter Drucker, which she mistakenly bought.[3]

Cast[edit]

  • Atsuko Maeda as Minami Kawashima (川島 みなみ Kawashima Minami?), the team assistant
  • Koji Seto as Keiichirō Asano (浅野 慶一郎 Asano Keiichirō?), the baseball team's ace pitcher
  • Minami Minegishi as Ayano Hōjō (北条 文乃 Hōjō Ayano?), the team's scorekeeper
  • Sosuke Ikematsu as Jirō Kashiwagi (柏木 次郎 Kashiwagi Jirō?), the team's catcher
  • Haruna Kawaguchi as Yuki Miyata (宮田 夕紀 Miyata Yūki?), Minami's childhood friend
  • Yo Oizumi as Makoto Kachi (加地 誠 Kachi Makoto?), the team's coach
  • Hiroshi Oizumi as the manager
  • Hiroki Suzuki as Masayoshi Nikai
  • Yukito Nishii as Yunosuke Sakurai

Filming[edit]

Development[edit]

Moshidora was first announced on 13 December 2010, together with the main cast.[6] The main character would be played by Atsuko Maeda in her first lead film role.[6] Although the book was modeled on her fellow AKB48 member Minami Minegishi, Atsuko Maeda was chosen because she had more acting experience.[5] Minami Minegishi will also star in the film as a supporting character.[6]

Music[edit]

Moshidora's theme song was announced to be the song "Everyday, Kachūsha", sung by idol group AKB48.[7] The lyrics of this song was written by Yasushi Akimoto, and the music was composed by Yoshimasa Inoue.[8]

Release[edit]

Box office[edit]

Moshidora was first released in Japanese cinemas on 4 June 2011.[1] It debuted in the 4th position at the Japanese box office with a total gross of US$2,232,675 in its debut weekend.[9]

Soundtrack disc[edit]

Moshidora Original Soundtrack
Soundtrack album by AKB48
Released 1 June 2011[10]
Label Anchor Records/Sony Music Entertainment Japan (UZCL-2016)[10][11]

The oringnal soundtrack for the film Moshidora was released on 1 June 2011 by Sony Music Entertainment Japan.[12]

Merchandise[edit]

Official visual book[edit]

An official visual book of the Moshidora film was released on 28 May 2011.[13] It contains photographs of the making of the film.[13]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Drucker in the Dugout". Nippon Cinema. Retrieved 2011-03-10. 
  2. ^ "AKB48前田敦子「もしドラ」映画化で初主演". eiga.com inc. (in Japanese). eiga.com inc. 2011-12-13. Retrieved 2011-06-02. 
  3. ^ a b "Atsuko Maeda stars in "Moshidora" movie adaptation". Eiga.com. Tokyograph. 12 December 2010. Retrieved 2010-12-06. 
  4. ^ 「もしドラ」映画化!AKB前田初主演 (1/2ページ). Sankei Sports (in Japanese). Sankei Sports. 2011-12-13. Retrieved 2011-06-02. 
  5. ^ a b "AKB48's Maeda Atsuko to star in "Moshidora" movie". Sankei Sports. tokyohive. 2010-12-12. Retrieved 2011-03-10. 
  6. ^ a b c "AKB48前田敦子「もしドラ」映画化で初主演". eiga.com (in Japanese). eiga.com. 2010-12-13. Retrieved 2011-05-30. 
  7. ^ もし高校野球の女子マネージャーがドラッカーの『マネジメント』を読んだら(2011). Stingray (in Japanese). allcinema. Retrieved 2011-05-30. 
  8. ^ Everyday、カチューシャ(数量限定生産盤/Type-A). Oricon (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved 2011-05-30. 
  9. ^ "Box Office Mojo". IMDb.com, Inc. Retrieved 2011-06-09. 
  10. ^ a b "CD Japan". Neowing. Retrieved 2011-05-30. 
  11. ^ "Moshidora (Movie)" Original Soundtrack Sony Music Shop
  12. ^ "Amazon Japan Moshidora Movie Original Soundtrack Album". Amazon.com, Inc (in Japanese). Retrieved 2011-05-30. 
  13. ^ a b "Amazon Japan Moshidora Official Visual Book". Amazon.com, Inc (in Japanese). Retrieved 2011-05-30. 

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