The official Twitter account of The First Slam Dunk movie dropped the third countdown video on Nov 23, 2022, reminding fans that the film will hit the Japanese theatres in 10 days.
The video features Hanamichi Sakuragi, the main protagonist of the series. He plays for Shohoku High School basketball team as power forward.
The First Slam Dunk movie will be released in Japan on Dec 3, 2022.
Cast members announced includes:
- Shugo Nakamura as Ryota Miyagi (point guard)
- Jun Kasama as Hisashi Mitsui (shooting guard)
- Shinichiro Kamio as Kaede Rukawa (small forward)
- Subaru Kimura as Hanamichi Sakuragi (power forward)
- Kenta Miyake as Takenori Akagi (team captain and Center)
The opening theme song will be performed by The Birthday, while 10-FEET will perform the ending theme song “Zero Sensation”.
The First Slam Dunk movie is being directed and scripted by mangaka Takahiko Inoue himself at Toei Animation. A teaser trailer for the movie was revealed on July 7, 2022.
Among the listed staff members are character designer/animation director Yasuyuki Ebara (Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress) and technical directors Katsuhiko Kitada (Attack on Titan episodes, Major: Yūjō no Winning Shot), Naoki Miyahara (Digimon Adventure, Popin Q), Toshio Ōhashi (LayereD Stories 0), and Yū Kamatani (Looking for Magical DoReMi, Precure Super Stars!).
Daiki Nakazawa is directing the CG, and Yūta Ogura is producing the CG. Kazuo Ogura is directing the art. Yota Tsuruoka is directing the sound with Koji Kasamatsu.
Additionally, details about two books that are related to the movie were also revealed.
The first book, titled SLAM DUNK JUMP, will contain 24 select chapters of the 276 chapters from the manga, which form a basis for the movie’s plot. The book will be released on Nov 8, 2022.
The second book, titled THE FIRST SLAM DUNK re:SOURCE, is described as special book which contains and analyzes the very fundamentals of the movie. It also contains illustrations drawn by Inoue during the films’ production process and also a lengthy interview. The book will be released on Dec 15, 2022.
Inoue published his iconic sports manga in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine from 1990 to 1996 for a total of 31 volumes. The manga inspired a television anime in 1993, and it received four anime film sequels.