The film coming from the classic Slam Dunk anime: The First Slam Dunk, is coming soon! It will have IMAX, Dolby Atmos, and Dolby Cinema screenings in Japan this December! The IMAX and Dolby Atmos screenings will be from December 3-8, 2022, while the Dolby Cinema screenings will start from December 10, 2022.
Takehiko Inoue will serve as the director and writer for the film. Toei Animation will be the animation production studio – the very same studio behind the Slam Dunk TV series.
Check the key visual below:
The key visual shows the 5 main characters of the film (from left to right): Hanamichi Sakuragi, Takenori Akagi, Ryouta Miyagi (middle), Hisashi Mitsui, and Kaede Rukawa.
Check the character poster images below:
- Ryouta Miyagi – he exhibits speed despite his short stature, earning his nickname, “Shohoku’s Speedster”.
- Hisashi Mitsui – he used to be the MVP of his junior high school team, and is a three-pointer specialist.
- Kaede Rukawa – the reserved rookie of the team; yet the freshmen star.
- Hanamichi Sakuragi – he has never played basketball before, and sees Rukawa as a rival, though this is one-sided.
- Takenori Akagi – the team captain, so it is his goal to win the national championship.
Watch the latest teaser here:
The teaser lasts for only 20 seconds. The featured sound is the one that everyone hears whenever a basketball game is about to end – a countdown. The tensions are high, with Sakuragi’s team wanting to win.
Slam Dunk Synopsis
Hanamichi Sakuragi hopes to finally get a girlfriend once he enrolled in Shohoku High. He wanted to break the pattern of girls rejecting him 50 times. However, he is rather infamous for his temper, massive height, and red hair.
He is avoided by a lot of students, hence he became so smitten to Haruko Akagi because the latter approached him first. She asked him if he likes to play basketball. Despite his aversion to basketball, Sakuragi proceeded to show her the slam dunk at her request. Yet, he overshoots, and slammed his head against the blackboard.
Haruko then informed the basketball captain of Sakuragi’s abilities, and eventually, Sakuragi starts to appreciate basketball even more.
Slam Dunk Manga Background
Takehiko Inoue is the author and illustrator of the Slam Dunk manga. It was serialized in the Shueisha’s Weekly Shounen Jump from September 18, 1990 to June 4, 1996. Shueisha published the 1st volume as a paperback in 1991. As of 1996, there are a total of 31 volumes of the manga.