An AI befriends a human in Sing a bit of Harmony

After its release in Japan in 2021, Yasuhiro Yoshiura’s film will be featured in the Ciné Matsuri selection in French cinemas.

After the poetic and touching summer ghost, Free or Magical Doremiit’s almost time for Japanese animation fans to discover a new surprise with the Ciné Matsuri selection: Sing a little Harmony. Partner of the event alongside All the Anime or the Mangas channel, the DNA platform (which has just separated from Crunchyroll) can count on the Grand Rex and other partner cinemas for the distribution of this new film.

A work by Yasuhiro Yoshiura, animation director to follow

Released in Japan on October 29, the feature film directed by Yasuhiro Yoshiura will be released in French cinemas on August 25 and 26. Revealed thanks to his first short film Loud birthYoshiura is part of this promising generation of animation directors who emerged in the early 2000s. Helped by the democratization of the domestic digital tool, these directors have made a name for themselves by carrying out their projects from home. A “do it yourself” spirit that we find in Yasuhiro Yoshiura, but also Makoto Shinkai, to whom we owe Her and her cat.

The Japanese filmmaker made his big comeback last year with Sing a little Harmony. In this new adventure, we follow the beautiful and mysterious Shion, who transfers to Keibu High School where she quickly becomes popular thanks to her warm personality. However, it turns out to be an AI (Artificial Intelligence) in secret phase of testing. Her mission is to watch over Satomi, a hardened loner. But when her classmates find out what she is, the situation will get complicated.

The link between humans and technology, a theme dear to the director

Sing a little Harmony is part of the continuity of Yasuhiro Yoshiura’s filmography, whether in his way of depicting a constantly changing youth or by taking a certain look at the technological evolution that accompanies our daily lives. In Sing a little Harmonythe filmmaker indeed reconnects with the school atmosphere ofHarmony (2014) or the questioning of the robotics of Eve Time (2010). Becoming friends with an artificial being can seem technologically virtuous, but also socially frightening. In this film, the fantasy of the human machine grows thanks to its integration into the daily lives of high school students. So many themes that also reveal Yoshiura’s passion for Isaac Asimov’s novels and anticipation works.

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