Watch Colorful Full Movie

Keiichi Hara’s 2010 film Colorful is a stark and beautiful about-face when compared to the director’s previous work as a storyboard animator for such shows as Doraemon and Crayon Shin-Chan. Adapted from Eto Mori’s 2007 novel of the same name, the film tells the story of a wayward soul who, after arriving at the waystation of the afterlife, is gifted with the opportunity to regain its life by reincarnating in the body of a suicide victim. Placed in the body of middle-schooler Makoto Kobayashi, the soul is granted six months to solve the mystery of its own death and in doing so rediscover the intrinsic value of life itself. Colorful, in spite of its name, is a movie that tackles weighty topics such as the societal pressure to succeed and conform, adultery, depression and suicide, albeit with an ultimately a life-affirming tone. Taut with emotional tension and existential nuance, Colorful is a film that rewards on a visual and emotional level.

Director: Keiichi Hara
Writers: Eto Mori (novel), Miho Maruo
Stars: Kumiko Asô, Greg Ayres, Luci Christian
Plot Keywords: anime | one word title
Taglines: Makoto is ‘lucky’ and will have another chance at life
Genres: Animation | Drama | Fantasy | Mystery
Certificate: Not Rated