Some eagle-eyed watchers of the Cinemark home page have spotted a listing for The First Slam Dunk, meaning the film is likely up for a US theatrical release in 2023. Huzzah!
The First Slam Dunk is, of course, the film based on the manga Slam Dunk by Takehiko Inoue. The film is also by Inoue in his directorial debut, and — just one man’s opinion here, but — it’s really good. Like, I’m not even a big Slam Dunk fan, and I was totally blown away.
And I clearly wasn’t the only one. The film has earned a ton of money in both Japan and abroad, like in South Korea.
Here’s hoping for more details on the US release of the film soon.
And here’s how Viz Books describes the original manga:
Winning isn’t everything in the game of basketball, but who wants to come in second? It takes dedication and discipline to be the best, and the Shohoku High hoops team wants to be just that. They have one last year to make their captain’s dream of reaching the finals come true – will they do it?
Hanamichi Sakuragi’s got no game with girls – none at all! It doesn’t help that he’s known for throwing down at a moment’s notice and always coming out on top. A hopeless bruiser, he’s been rejected by 50 girls in a row! All that changes when he meets the girl of his dreams, Haruko, and she’s actually not afraid of him! When she introduces him to the game of basketball, his life is changed forever…