What we thought of “Goodbye”, the new animated film from Madhouse studio

What we thought of “Goodbye”, the new animated film from Madhouse studio

The latest production from Japanese studio Madhouse, Goodbye hits our cinema screens on January 18. A moving animated film that reveals the work of a talented director, Atsuko Ishizuka.

It’s one of those little Japanese treasures that we didn’t expect to see in French cinemas. Goodbye, by Atsuko Ishizuka, has a cinema release this January 18, via Eurozoom. A feature film that invites us to follow the adventure of three friends, Roma, Toto and Drop, whose long summer will mark the end of their teenage life.

Coming of age is one of the favorite themes of shônen. A universal subject that a generation of mangakas and Japanese directors have been keen to revisit, for a more melancholic and frank vision of a sometimes disillusioned youth in the land of the Rising Sun. With this intention, we remember in particular the works of Makoto Shinkai (Your Name, Les Enfants du Temps).


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With Goodbye, however, Atsuko Ishizuka approaches a more Western cinema. Because we undoubtedly think of Stand by Me, this 1986 classic based on a short story by Stephen King. Atsuko Ishizuka attaches to a trio of 15-year-old teenagers whose passage to high school, and from the countryside to the city for some, is not without consequence on the quiet and carefree life that these children of yesterday led a few months earlier. The director depicts here a summer where everything changes for this group of friends nicknamed the Donglees, through a road movie that is more adult than one would have imagined.

The farewell to childhood, the arrival of responsibilities, the questioning of the future and the suddenness of death are skillfully posed here throughout a well-contained story in 1h35. On film, Astuko Ishizuka also knows how to mark the contemplation with sets that take on their full extent on a cinema canvas. We recognize here the experience of the Madhouse studio which celebrated its 50th anniversary last year, and to whom we owe masterpieces such as Perfect Blue, Metropolis or Ninja Scroll.

Goodbye belongs to these more confidential animated films but which nevertheless remain excellent works. In the same vein, we remember last year the very touching La Chance Sourit à Madame Nikuko. It would therefore be a shame not to discover this new feature film. Because Goodbye is a time that stages the end of recklessness for a finale that will undoubtedly mark its spectators forever.

“Goodbye”, by Atsuko Ishizuka, 1h35. In theaters Wednesday, January 18.

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