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Edinburgh Film Festival to Host UK Premiere of new Slam Dunk Movie

Date: 2023 July 16 11:13

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The good folks from anime firm Anime Limited have just sent us some details about the upcoming Slam Dunk Movie. The UK Premier will be hosted by the Edinburgh Film Festival on Tuesday 22nd - Wednesday 23rd August 2023. The film will then go onto a wider release across the UK and Ireland from Wednesday 30th August 2023.

This basketball drama was directed and written by Takehiko Inoue the creator of the original Slam Dunk manga.

To date it's the 5th highest grossing anime film worldwide.

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Press release as follows:


The First Slam Dunk
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Takehiko Inoue's hit sports drama receives UK premiere at historic festival ahead of nationwide release this August

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM, 11 July 2023 - Shohoku High School's basketball team is playing in the big leagues! Anime Ltd. and Toei Animation Europe are excited to announce that THE FIRST SLAM DUNK has been selected to have its UK premiere at the historic Edinburgh International Film Festival, which will be taking place between 18th-23rd August 2023. The film will then receive a wide release in cinemas across the UK & Ireland from 30th August 2023.

Produced by Toei Animation, the heartfelt and intense basketball drama was written and directed by Takehiko Inoue, the creator of the original SLAM DUNK manga, , a beloved series serialised in the pages of the world-renowned Weekly Shonen Jump magazine, that received countless awards and accolades, and is one of the best-selling comics of all time, with over 170 million copies in print. The film follows the underdog Shohoku High School's basketball team through the eyes of point guard Ryota Miyagi as they face stunning rivals in the National High School Tournament and simultaneously explore the tumultuous pasts of its protagonists.

Director Inoue brings his creative vision 30 years in the making to the screen with a unique perspective rarely found in cinema, as both the original author and the filmmaker adapting what the South China Morning Post says features "some of the most exhilarating basketball sequences in the history of cinema" with its unique "hybrid animation" that combines the best of cutting-edge CGI and hand-drawn 2D animation, while still maintaining the heart of the larger story of the young men at its centre, delivering "both a sports film and a compelling character drama" that will excite new fans and lifelong SLAM DUNK diehards alike.


THE FIRST SLAM DUNK has already become the 5th highest grossing anime film worldwide, and has earned incredible accolades in Asia. The film was awarded the coveted "Japan Academy Prize for Animation of the Year" in a highly competitive year, as well the "Okawa-Fukiya Award" at the Niigata International Animation Festival.


Ryota Miyagi and basketball have always been one thing. His love for this sport was transmitted to him by his older brother Sota, who died in an accident at sea when Ryota was still very young. He is the point guard of Shohoku, a team from the Kanagawa prefecture which gained a spot at Inter-High despite being unknown. Ryota is ready, together with his teammates, to face the "unbeatable" Sannoh, the champion team of the local tournament.

THE FIRST SLAM DUNK will be shown at Edinburgh International Festival on 22-23 August 2023
Releasing in cinemas from 30th August 2023.

The film will be shown in Japanese with English subtitles, with the wide release also being shown with an English language dub.
To book tickets for Edinburgh Film Festival, click here.
To book tickets for the nationwide release, please visit

About Anime Ltd.:
Based out of Glasgow, Anime Ltd. is Europe's premiere distributor for Japanese animation, renowned for bespoke collector's editions of fan-favourite anime and soundtracks, connecting Western audiences with creators across languages and oceans, and helping to bring anime front and centre in cinemas. Anime Ltd. proudly produces releases from the biggest franchises in anime including Cowboy Bebop, Attack on Titan, NEON GENESIS EVANGELION, Mobile Suit Gundam, Tokyo Ghoul, Your Name, Weathering With You, Mirai, BELLE and JUJUTSU KAISEN.

About Toei Animation Europe:
With headquarters in Tokyo and sales offices in Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Paris, Toei Animation ranks amongst the world's most prolific animation production studios. Toei Animation's operations include animation development and production, and worldwide marketing and program licensing. Founded in 2004, Toei Animation Europe is in charge of the distribution and exploitation of Toei Animation's animated series in Europe, Africa, Russia and the Middle East. Among its most famous series are Captain Harlock, Dragon Ball, Saint Seiya, Sailor Moon, and One Piece.

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Source: Anime Limited
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