Anime director Yuasa Masaaki (Kaiba, Mind Game, The Tatami Galaxy) and Production I.G successfully ran a Kickstarter fundraising program for their new short film, Kick-Heart, in October last year. Stretch goals have allowed the film's runtime to be increased from 10 to 12 minutes. Now a new video clip showing fresh footage from the film has been released, and it looks fantastic.
Kick-Heart is a love story between Romeo, a successful pro wrestler, and Juliet, a nun who lives a secret double-life as a female pro wrestler. Romeo's secret is that he enjoys taking a beating in the ring, while Juliet feels invigorated when facing her opponents as a wrestler. When the two meet in the ring, the fireworks fly. Their story is set in the colorful backdrop of the professional wrestling world. Will Juliet reveal her true identity to the one she loves? Will Romeo be able to share his secret to the world?
Kick-Heart has Mamoru Oshii as a project consultant. It will premiere in Japan in May, and has been selected for competition in the short films category at France's Annecy Animation Festival in June.
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