With the film releasing in Japanese theaters on 25 December, the first four minutes of Josee, the Tiger and the Fish have been released on YouTube as part of the movie’s promotional material.
Poupelle of Chimney Town isn’t the only anime film dropping into Japanese theaters on Christmas Day! Releasing on the same day (after initially being delayed from a planned release earlier in 2020) is Josee, The Tiger and the Fish, an adaptation of a 1985 short story that tells the story of Josee, a girl who spends most of her time indoors painting when she has a chance encounter with Tsuneo as she loses control of her wheelchair on a hill. Shortly after, Tsuneo becomes a caretaker at her home to help her where she can, and the pair fall in love in a story that emphasizes the dreams they both strive towards.
These opening four minutes capture an underwater scene set to music, before we see Tsuneo going about their day at work and university, a hectic life that sees their head deep in water and books as they work hard towards their dreams and future. It’s a simple yet effective way to quickly introduce us to the type of person Tsuneo is and what drives them, allowing us to get straight into the story from early (and it’s charming to see him so excited by pictures of fish taken while diving). By the end of the clip, as he walks home from work, he meets Josee for the first time as she careens into him on her wheelchair after losing control on a hill.
It leaves the story of the film beyond this and their entire relationship up in the air, but it does introduce our main character Tsuneo and the tone of the film more broadly. If you want to see more, however, you’ll have to go see the film in Japanese cinemas. Luckily, Josee, The Tiger and the Fish releases tomorrow on 25 December, and you can find out more over on the film’s official website.