Kick-Heart

Kick-Heart

A love story between two people that each have a secret to hide. One a pro-wrestler, the other a Nun. Losing never felt so good.

Kick-Heart was directed by animation visionary Masaaki Yuasa at the legendary Production I.G., this award-winning film is bursts off the screen with a unique visual language.

Kick-Heart is subtitled in English, French and Spanish. Bonus materials include making of Kick-Heart and a staff interview (subtitled in English).

This film was made possible by thousands of generous supporters who helped backed this film on Kickstarter.

Masaaki Yuasa is a critically acclaimed director who created Mind Game in 2004 (Winner of Best Film, Best Director, Best Script and Best Animation Film for Fantasia Festival in Canada, 2005), "Kemonozume" (2006), "Kaiba" (2008) and "The Tatami Galaxy" (2010). He also directed, "Ping Pong" (2014) based on Taiyō Matsumoto's manga by the same name. Yuasa also guest directed an episode of Adventure Time called, "Food Chain" (2014) for Cartoon Network. He is known in the Japanese animation industry as a cutting edge director who dares to push the boundaries of conventional storytelling and cinematography.

Production I.G is one of Japan prominent animation studios made famous by Mamoru Oshii's Ghost in the Shell. I and the G started as a joint collaboration of visionary production manager Mitsuhisa Ishikawa and popular character designer Takayuki Goto, the company was established on December 15, 1987 as I.G Tatsunoko, a name bearing the initials of its founders as well as the renowned studio they were from. The new company met with success and in 1993, it’s founders renamed it Production I.G. Since then, the studio has enjoyed yearly growth in sales and size.

Staff & Cast Credits

Original Story:
Masaaki Yuasa / Production I.G

Director:
Masaaki Yuasa

Project Consultant:
Mamoru Oshii

Character Designer, Animation Director:
Michio Mihara

Secondary Director, Color Coordinator:
Eunyoung Choi

Color Design:
Yoko Watanabe

Background Artist:
Kevin Aymeric

Compositing Director:
Koji Tanaka

Editing:
Taeko Hamauzu

Sound Director:
Kisuke Koizumi

Music:
OORUTAICHI

Producers:
Hidekazu Terakawa, Justin Leach

Executive Producer:
Mitsuhisa Ishikawa

Animation Production:
Production I.G

CAST

Maskman M:
Tatsuhisa Suzuki

Lady S:
Takako Honda

This film has been licensed by 8-bit Pictures, LLC and is only available in the United States and Canada.

© 2014 Masaaki Yuasa, Production I.G

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Kick-Heart

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  • Kick-Heart

    A love story between two people that each have a secret to hide. One a pro-wrestler, the other a Nun. Losing never felt so good. Directed by animation visionary Masaaki Yuasa at the legendary Production I.G., this film is bursts off the screen with a unique visual language. Kick-Heart has subtitl...

  • Making of Kick-Heart

    A short documentary film about the making of Kick-Heart. Directed by Eunyoung Choi.

  • Kick-Heart Staff Interview

    Meet the talented staff behind Kick-Heart! Directed by Eunyoung Choi.

  • Kick-Heart Thanks!

    This is a video the staff made after successfully raising funds on Kickstarter to make the film. Directed by Eunyoung Choi.