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THE VIRGIN PSYCHICS
(EIGA MINNA! ESPER DAYO!)
Official Website: http://esper-movie.gaga.ne.jp/
I am psychic! You are psychic! Everyone is psychic... but still virgin!
Master filmmaker Sono Sion of "Tokyo Tribe" (2014) "Why Don't You Play in Hell?" (2013) comes back to the big screen with another film full of laughs and love through the eyes of a virgin teenager who wishes to become a hero by saving the world with his suddenly acquired psychic power. Based on the comic "Minna! Esper Dayo!" by Kiminori Wakasugi of "Detroit Metal City," the film is the adaptation of the TV series (also directed by Sono), which received 2013 Galaxy Honors for programs recommended. Shota Sometani, the winner of the Marcello Mastroianni Award at Venice International Film Festival for his performance with "Himizu" (2011), plays the geeky virgin psychic, who also starred in the TV series.
A high-school student Yoshiro has never got a spotlight in his life and spends his days aimlessly. What only shines in his life is a girl Sae at his school. Even if being completely disregarded by her, he still dreams of becoming her true love in the future. One day, he finds himself having a mind-reading psychic power. As he looks around, there seem more psychics born in the city, and somehow they are all virgins! One uses his psychokinetic power to fulfill his sexual desire or turns into a flasher using teleportation ability... On the arrival of the psychics like Yoshiro, the city gets gradually infested with the erotic terrorism evoked by a mysterious group. Knowing he has never got any attention from the girl of his dreams, Yoshiro determines to use his power to save the world from this steamy chaos and show off what he has got to the love of his life!
About Director Sono Sion
Born in Aichi, Japan. In 1990,"Bicycle Sighs" was premiered at Berlin International Film Festival. A shocking film "Suicide Club" (2001) won the Jury Prize for Most Ground-Breaking Film in Fantasia International Film Festival 2003. In 2009, "Love Exposure" won FIPRESCI Prize and Caligari Film Award at Berlin International Film Festival. His next film "Cold Fish" was world-premiered at Orizzonti in Venice International Film Festival 2010, and "Guilty of Romance" was premiered at the Canne's Directors' Fortnight 2011. In the same year, "Himizu" was world-premiered in Competition at Venice International Film Festival and the starring casts Shota Sometani and Fumi Nikaido garnered the Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best Young Actor or Actress. The Venice-premiered "Why Don't You Play in Hell?" (2013) won People's Choice Award at Toronto International Film Festival. In the next year, the battle rap musical "Tokyo Tribe" was premiered at Toronto International Film Festival.
Shota Sometani "Parasyte" series "Lesson of the Evil" (2012) "Himizu" (2011)
Elaiza Ikeda "High School Debut" (2011)
Erina Mano "The Next Generation Patlabor" series "SPEC-Close ~incarnation~" (2013)
Director and Writer: Sono Sion "Tokyo Tribe" (2014) "Why Don't You Play in Hell?" (2013) "Himizu" (2011)
Original Comic Author: Kiminori Wakasugi "Detroit Metal City"
Music by: Tomohide Harada "Himizu" (2011) "Cold Fish" (2011) "Love Exposure" (2008)
Director of Photography: Hajime Kanda "Yakuza Apocalypse: The Great War of the Underworld" (2015)
Writer: Shinichi Tanaka "Minna! Esper Dayo!" TV series
Based on the manga "Minna! Esper Dayo!" by Kiminori Wakasugi originally serialized in the weekly YOUNG MAGAZINE published by KODANSHA Ltd.
© Kiminori Wakasugi, KODANSHA／"Minna! Esper Dayo!" Production Committee. All Rights Reserved
Release in Japan: September 4, 2015
©2015 "The Virgin Psychics" Film Partners