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There is a train station on the other side of death, yet not all who arrive on the platform will be judged ready for passage onwards. For one unready soul, there will be both a test and a second chance. Rather than be reborn, this soul will awake in the body of 14-year-old suicide Makoto Kobayashi where it must not only find a way to fit into Makoto's existence, but also unravel two mysteries. What is the secret of the great sin it committed in its own previous life and what were the reasons that led to Makoto's suicide? While some may believe the truth to be as plain to see as black and white, "Makoto" soon finds that the real world is overlaid with so many shades of grey and rainbows of colors that even the most obvious of "facts" are not what they seem. With the soul's time in Makoto's body quickly running out, the answers to all life's mysteries await discovery in the acclaimed animation masterpiece that won the 34th Japanese Academy Prize for Excellence in Animation: Colorful ~ The Motion Picture.

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  • Actors: Kazato Tomizawa, Akina Minami, Akiyoshi Nakao, Greg Ayres, Emily Neves
  • Directors: Keiichi Hara
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: Japanese, English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Section23 Films
  • DVD Release Date: May 14, 2013
  • Run Time: 126 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00B6DTF8S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,880 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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54 of 58 people found the following review helpful By hansoulfood on May 17, 2013
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I just finished watching this masterpiece and felt the need to talk about it.

First: this film is for mature audiences only. No, it doesn't have explicit sex or violence, but it does deal with sensitive subject matters. I'll talk a little more later in the spoiler-ish section later if you want to know more.

Great slice of life movie dealing with life and death and second chances. There are elements that I definitely can relate to while watching this. Some understanding of Japanese culture may help in the viewing such as suicides being a common thing and pressures of being middle school student. There are definite heart breaking moments in the movie but everything seems natural, realistic and not forced. The animation is absolutely beautiful with the level of details showcasing everyday life in suburban Japan. The movements were also very fluid and natural. There were scenes when the animation were semi photorealistic feel when they were showing old photos of past moments. It's hard to describe so just see for yourself! Definitely worth checking out.


I was definitely surprised by the maturity of the themes. The movie's synopsis already states suicides but it also includes prostitution and bullying. There's more than a few moments when I cried (yes I admit's that moving). One major plot point is the Makoto's realization that his actions do affect others. Another is acceptance that's it's ok to be who you are. There are times when we really don't know who we are and are confused, but that's extremely normal and part of growing up. While watching, I kind of got a feeling of the twist coming and they hinted it when he was able to draw really well, but that didn't detract from the movie because it's all about Makoto's self realization and having more awareness of your interactions and surroundings but changing his perception of his place in life.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Sono-san on June 9, 2013
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The Main character finds himself at the gates of Heaven only to be greeted by his "case working" who explains that he will get a second chance at life but will be put in to another persons body, a person whom has just passed away themselves. The unimaginable complications from being put, all of a sudden in someone's body and not nothing anything about their previous life, but having to act as them adds an element of fun to a touching and very honest story.

The Movie has a wide variety of emotion to go around and the story progresses and ends on a humbling note leaving you feeling a little lonely but very appreciative of life's greatest gift.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Mark A. Weiss on November 19, 2013
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I was browsing my wish list for what to buy next on Amazon when I spotted a listing for this film. I’d seen the listing before, but frankly, the cover design on the disc was somewhat odd and off-putting, so I didn't pay much attention until it came up again tonight and I decided to read the reviews. I learned that it was available on Hulu, so after reading all the reviews, I watched the film, online. On the spot, I decided to buy the Blu-ray disc. This becomes one of my favorite anime films, right up their with Umi ga Kikoeru and Omohide Poro Poro.
A lot of the reviews are a bit misleading because the first half of the story makes you think that someone’s spirit is being injected into a stranger’s body, for “reformation”. That aspect is somewhat confusing at first, but becomes clear by the end of the film.
For the non-religious viewer, it will take some suspension of disbelief to enjoy this film, because after all, it deals with the topic of afterlife. One has to put aside one’s philosophical ideas about it and just experience the story, live “in the moment” as you experience, first-hand, the life of Makoto Kobayashi.
The film’s approach to a plot line is very unique. I must admit, I have not seen anything like this before—especially not in the anime genre. To my knowledge, the plot is innovative and unlike any other. The concept of a person’s soul, after death, passing through a sort of “clearing house” where souls get directed either to the “afterlife” or back into an earthly being’s body for another go-round, was intriguing and full of unexpected surprises.
If “you” are not “you” anymore, during that after-death phase, and “you” are injected into a being on earth, you have no memories of your past, or whom “you” were in the prior life.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By M. Lee on August 29, 2013
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This movie really surprised me. It starts out very surreal and different; you are watching things from the main character's point of view, rather than looking at him, and you are welcomed into a sort of in-between place for souls to go before they move on after death. You are quickly stopped by a small boy who informs you that though you don't remember it, you have committed a terrible deed in your life and you are now given an opportunity to return to life in the body of another and redeem yourself. No, not just an opportunity - an order. This is a mandatory task. And so what can you do? You go.

The story sort of sucks you in there. The main character is placed in another's body - the body of a boy called Makoto, who has recently committed suicide - and must learn what he can about the boy's life in the hopes that he will remember his own and reform. However, the trials and ugliness of Makoto's life soon depress him and he becomes almost nonchalant about his mission. The people he interacts with and the experiences he has are sometimes rather disturbing, at least for me personally. This film is not rated, and while I think it could get by with a PG because there is nothing explicit actually shown, I would venture to give it a PG-13 because of the mature issues it deals with. However, the beauty of the film is hardly lessoned by this content - rather it is strengthened. I always appreciate it when a film or book is honest about life, rather than making it appear all sunshine. Makoto would not have committed suicide if his life was perfect and clean. And so it isn't. Which makes the journeys of each of the characters, and mostly of the main character, far more real and meaningful.

This movie is about finding the value of yourself, your life, and others. It is not a gentle story. But it is rewarding at the end. A wonderful film, with lovely animation, appallingly real characters, and a message about life that is well worth hearing.
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