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AI befriends a human in Sing a bit of Harmony

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

After the poetic and touching Summer Ghost, Free or even Magical Doremi, it’s almost time for fans of Japanese animation to discover a new surprise in the Ciné Matsuri compilation: sing some harmony. An event partner alongside All the Anime or Mangas, the DNA platform (which just forked from Crunchyroll) can count on Grand Rex and other partner cinemas to distribute this new film.

The work of Yasuhiro Yoshiura, future animation director

Released in Japan on October 29, the feature film directed by Yasuhiro Yoshiura will be released in France on August 25 and 26. Discovered through his first short film, Noisy Birth, Yoshiura belongs to a promising generation of animation directors that emerged in the early 2000s. With the democratization of domestic digital tools, these directors have made a name for themselves by doing their projects from home. . The do-it-yourself spirit we find in Yasuhiro Yoshiura, and also in Makoto Shinkai, to whom we owe El and her cat.

The Japanese filmmaker returned 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 due to her warm personality. However, it turns out to be AI (artificial intelligence) in a secret testing phase. Her mission is to look after Satomi, a hardened loner. But when her classmates find out who she is, things get complicated.

The connection between people and technology, a topic dear to the director

“Sing a Little Harmony” is part of the continuity of Yasuhiro Yoshiura’s filmography, whether it’s a way of portraying an ever-changing youth or a particular look at the technological evolution that accompanies our daily lives. In Sing a Little Harmony, the director reconnects with the school atmosphere of Harmony (2014) or even the question of robotics in The Time of Eve (2010). Befriending an artificial being may seem technologically virtuous, but also socially intimidating. In this film, the human-machine fantasy grows through its integration into the everyday lives of high school students. So many themes that also reveal Yoshiura’s passion for Isaac Asimov’s novels and foreshadowing works.

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