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November 5th, 2021 @ 9:00 pm - November 7th, 2021 @ 9:00 pm EDT

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Friday, November 5, 9:00PM – Sunday, November 7, 9:00PM (ET)
Directed by HARA Keiichi | 2010 | 126 minutes | Japanese with English Subtitles | Trailer
Virtual Film Screening (Canada only) | Admission Free | RSVP Required (register below to receive a viewing link)

In conjunction with the 2021 Toronto International Festival of Authors guest Eto Mori, who is the author of the book of the same name.

Upon arriving at the train station of death, an impure soul is granted a second chance at life against his will. Reincarnating into the body of Makoto Kobayashi, a 14-year-old boy who recently committed suicide, the soul is tasked to identify the boy’s greatest sin in life within a time limit of six months. Although it remains reluctant toward continuing life as Makoto, the soul soon begins to notice the complexities of people’s emotions and actions.

Content warning: This film contains depictions of suicide. Please watch with care.

Show Read more about director HARA Keiichi

A beautifully animated feature film directed by the realist visionary HARA Keiichi, Colorful is based on a beloved and bestselling Japanese novel of the same name. Born in 1959, HARA Keiichi started his career with Tokyo-based studio Shin-Ei Animation, where he worked on two of Japan’s longest-running animation series: Doraemon and Crayon Shin-chan. Although he kept a fairly low profile early on in his career, HARA steadily built international recognition with his award-winning and critically acclaimed films such as Summer Days with CooMiss Hokusai, and Birthday Wonderland.

Selected Filmography of HARA Keiichi:
Summer Days with Coo (河童のクゥと夏休み) 2007 | Director/Screenplay
Colorful (カラフル) 2010 | Director
Hajimari no Michi (はじまりのみち) 2013 | Director/Screenplay
Miss Hokusai (百日紅) 2015 | Director
Birthday Wonderland (バースデー・ワンダーランド) 2019 | Director

Learn more about the book’s adaptation into the anime in the exclusive interview between authors Eto Mori and Kerri Sakamoto, below.

Special Talk:

Writings and Adaptations: Author Eto Mori interviewed by Author Kerri Sakamoto

This exclusive interview will also be available on the Eventive platform for those who have registered for the virtual film screening of Colorful (Nov 5-7).

Acclaimed Canadian author Kerri Sakamoto interviews Eto Mori on her book Colorful and its adaptation into an animated film directed by Keiichi Hara. Sakamoto asks how Mori views authors’ ownership to their works, opportunities and challenges of literary works and visual works, and characters depicted in her original book and the film. Interpretation provided by Jocelyne Allen.

About Eto Mori

Eto Mori has been a literary star in Japan for over thirty years. She has won numerous major awards in Japan, including the Naoki Prize, one of Japan’s most prestigious awards for popular fiction. Colorful has been translated into seven languages and adapted into three films. Colorful is her first novel to be translated into English. She lives in Tokyo, Japan.

About Kerri Sakamoto

Kerri Sakamoto is the Toronto-born author of three novels that explore the Japanese Canadian experience. Her first book, The Electrical Field, received the international Commonwealth Book Prize and was nominated for the Governor General’s Literary Award. Kerri is a two-time recipient of the Canada-Japan Literary Award for her first book and her 2018 novel, Floating City. In 2020, she earned the Writers’ Trust Engel Findley

Colorful: Eto Mori

Friday, October 29, 4:30 PM (ET) | Details >

Eto Mori introduces her book Colorful on the virtual stage of the 2021 Toronto International Festival of Authors. Her bestselling classic was only recently translated to English by Jocelyne Allen. This event will be presented in Japanese and English, and supported by The Japan Foundation, Toronto.

JFT Book Club Online: Colorful by Eto Mori, moderated by Kris Kosaka

Wednesday, November 10, 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM (ET) | Details and registration >

For the upcoming JFT Book Club Online, we will discuss Colorful (カラフル), a beloved and bestselling classic in Japan, written by Eto Mori. Please email the library at to reserve your seat. Colorful by Eto Mori is available for circulation on JFT OverDrive. 

Parallel Worlds: Translating Colorful
Interview with author Eto Mori & translator Jocelyne Allen, moderated by Dr. Mimi Okabe

Thursday, November 18, 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM (ET) | Details and registration >

Author Eto Mori, sits down with her translator Jocelyne Allen and moderator Dr. Mimi Okabe to talk about translating Colorful into English. Get the inside scoop on the process and insights of their successful collaboration on this classic work.

“Colorful” ©2010 ETO MORI / Fuji Television Network,Inc / Sunrise Inc. / Dentsu Inc. / Aniplex Inc. / Sony Music Entertainment(Japan)Inc. / Toho Co.,Ltd. All Rights Reserved.


November 5th, 2021 @ 9:00 pm
November 7th, 2021 @ 9:00 pm
Japanese with English Subtitles
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The Japan Foundation, Toronto
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