One piece film: red


Gorō Taniguchi, Shinji Shimizu, và Hiroaki Shibata get candid on the newest One Piece feature film that’s breaking box office records in Japan.

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By Daniel Kurland | October 15, 2022 | | Comments count:0
Photo: Eiichiro Oda | 2022 One Piece production committee

Eiichiro Oda’s One Piece has been a staple of the manga and anime industry for nearly 25 years. Now, more than 1000 episodes later, it appears that Oda’s prolific adventure story is finally preparing for its final act. The One Piece feature films have become exciting ways to lớn push the anime in unexpected directions, but the recent One Piece Film: Red, the franchise’s 15th film, is easily the most quality movie lớn date. One Piece Film: Red focuses on Red-Haired Shanks và Uta, a revered musician, who just so happens to lớn be his daughter. Uta’s musical performances border on spectacles, but her divine voice makes her a target for nefarious figures.

One Piece Film: Red has broken box office records as the most successful One Piece film to lớn date and the celebrated movie’s English dub is set to lớn hit theaters on Nov. 4th in North America. The film’s director, Gorō Taniguchi, executive producer Shinji Shimizu, and producer for the anime series Hiroaki Shibata spoke with Den of Geek via translator about this unusual addition lớn the One Piece canon, how it became a “concert film,” Eiichiro Oda’s involvement in the movie, và what they think of Netflix’s upcoming live-action One Piece series.

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DEN OF GEEK: Taniguchi-san, you were previously asked several times khổng lồ direct a One Piece movie, but always turned down the opportunities. What was it about One Piece Film: Red that changed your mind?

GORŌ TANIGUCHI: Well, I’ve actually been offered the role of director three times in the past, which is very humbling & flattering—it’s kind of a big deal. And there are only so many times that you can turn someone down! But really, for myself, I was really questioning whether I was the right choice khổng lồ direct this. I asked producers if they could ask Oda sensei if that’s really what he wants và if I was truly the right fit. Evidently, they got an immediate “yes” from Oda sensei, so that’s when I started lớn feel good about taking on this role và directing this film.

Taniguchi-san, I’ve read that your goal with this movie was lớn “destroy” the conventions of One Piece & create something new & special. Can you elaborate on that mission statement?

GT: Well, One Piece in its current state—the TV series và franchise—has been ongoing for 23 years. What that means is that there are certain rules of specific productions, business models, & even the technical aspects in the pipeline that were phối in motion 23 years ago, but may not apply anymore or are now obsolete in our current day. When I joined the technical side, I could definitely see a lot of old systems that were in place for the production pipeline. That was one of the challenges that I wanted lớn take on và use more current ren mindsets with how we approach the production và development of this project.

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One Piece Film: Red has lots of traditional One Piece action, but in many ways it almost feels like a concert film. How did that idea come together và why was Ado the right singing voice for Uta?

SHINJI SHIMIZU: Early on in the project’s development I thought about putting the spotlight on music và making that a central motif in the film. When we were still in early meetings about the screenplay & where khổng lồ take the film, Oda-san warned me, “Are you sure you want to vì a music-centric film? That’s a lot of work. Is everything going to lớn be okay?” và I said, “It’s going khổng lồ be fine!” Of course, that was more of the producer in me that was calculating away because Oda-san is a big fan of music himself, so I thought that he’d work extra hard on this project if we made it themed around music. I think that was Oda-san’s way of asking me if I was ready lớn put in the necessary amount of work khổng lồ pull this off. I didn’t think about it too hard, but I of course said “yes.”

GT: We did have a model on how to make a movie using music, so lớn give Shimizu-san some credit, he didn’t just make these statements without any plans. He knew that the team would be able lớn take on the challenge and were up for it. So there was a degree of trust there between the production team and Shimizu-san when he had this conversation with Oda-san.

Were the songs written first & then the story afterwards lớn compliment them, or was it the other way around?