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The First Slam Dunk: the release date in Italian cinemas!

Anime Factory has revealed, via press release, the release date in Italian cinemas of The First Slam Dunk both in the original version and in the dubbed version: let’s find out all the details together

Anime Factory, a label owned by Plaion Pictures, is proud to announce that Italy will be the first European nation and the entire West to distribute the anime film The First Slam Dunk in cinemas and takes the opportunity to reveal the expectation Italian release date in cinemas of the film, also revealing the teaser motion poster. Produced by TOEI Animation, the film is written and directed by Takehiko Inouecreator of the acclaimed original manga, here in his first attempt as a director.

The film will be released in Italian cinemas as an event from 11 to 17 May in a dubbed version, preceded by the exclusive and unique date of May 10 in which the film can be seen in the original language. The unpublished motion poster portrays one after the other, the close-up of the faces of the Shohoku starting quintet made up of Ryota Miyagi, Hanamichi Sakuragi, Kaede Rukawa, Takenori Akagi and Hisashi Mitsui, who will give life to one of the most exciting matches ever seen on the big screen.

The first slam dunk movie release dates

The arrival in Italian cinemas represents a real epoch-making event for fans of the brand, who will be able to finally admire the vision of master Inoue on the big screen, who, more than 30 years after the debut of the manga, wanted to personally sign the title to guarantee the original spirit of the work, capable of conquering admirers all over the world. The same title, The First Slam Dunk, aims to highlight how this feature film is, even for fans of the brand, an opportunity to experience such an immersive visual and emotional experience for the first time.

Released in Japan in December 2022, 26 years after the animated series, the film demonstrated how the Slam Dunk brand still remains firmly in the hearts of the public. Relying on a host of fans, who over the years have made the manga one of the most read ever with over 170 million copies sold worldwide, the feature film has conquered the Japanese and Asian Box Office, grossing over 85 million euros, even surpassing Avatar – The Water Route and thus becoming the twenty-ninth most profitable film in Japanese history.

The First Slam Dunk: the release date in Italian cinemas!

A beloved film | The First Slam Dunk: the release date in Italian cinemas!

Furthermore, at the very recent and prestigious Japan Academy Film Prize, The First Slam Dunk obtained the important recognition of Best Animated Film of the Year, beating rising sun animation giants such as Goro Taniguchi’s One Piece Film: RED, Keiichi Hara’s Lonely Castle in the Mirror and Makoto Shinkai’s latest film Suzume no tojimari.

Set in the world of high school basketball, The First Slam Dunk features a “hybrid” animation between cutting-edge CGI and hand drawing typical of traditional 2D animation, expressly desired by Takehiko Inoue himself to best recreate the fluidity of movements, in breathtaking and highly realistic game sequences capable of catapulting the viewer into the field next to the protagonists. Among these, The First Slam Dunk shines the spotlight on Ryota, the Shohoku point guard. By opening the doors to his past, never revealed, we will discover how Ryota has become the character that everyone has come to love over time, as well as shed new light on the other protagonists born from the mangaka’s pen.

The First Slam Dunk: the release date in Italian cinemas!

Broadcast dates | The First Slam Dunk: the release date in Italian cinemas!

The highly anticipated The First Slam Dunk is arriving in Italian cinemas distributed by Anime Factory, the Plaion Pictures label, as a one-week event:

  • Il 10 maggio preview in the original version with subtitles
  • From 11 to 17 May in dubbed version

The synopsis for The First Slam Dunk is as follows:

Ryota Miyagi and basketball have always been one. His love for this sport was transmitted to him by his older brother Sota, who died in an accident at sea when Ryota was still small. Ryota is the point guard of Shohoku, a team that earned a place in the national tournament as the representative of Kanagawa Prefecture despite being an unknown high school. Ryota is ready, together with his teammates, to face the “unbeatable” Sannoh, the champion team of the national tournament.

Good vision!

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Magdalena Skrok is an accomplished writer who delves into the realm of new movies and TV series. With an unwavering passion for cinematic storytelling, Magdalena keeps readers informed about the latest releases, upcoming projects, and exciting developments in the world of entertainment.