Director Goro Taniguchi returns 24 years later to the direction of the adventures of the pirate Monkey D. Luffy with “One Piece Film: Red”, the last film in the franchise, an emotional reunion that has served to remove thorns stuck and with the that seeks to “reach the largest number of public possible”.
“I am really happy to have been able to meet Luffy again,” the 56-year-old director said in dialogue with Efe about the film that arrives today in local theaters.
The director is, in the words of the author of the original manga, Eiichiro Oda, “the first person who animated Luffy”, because he directed “One Piece: Defeat Him! The Pirate Ganzack”, the first animation adaptation of “One Piece”, an OVA released on video in the summer of 1998, before the premiere a year after the animated series.
It was the third time that the production company Toei Animation asked him to direct another “One Piece” film. “In Japan it has a lot of meaning to ask for something three times, so I couldn’t stand them up,” he recalled.
Among his greatest satisfactions is having removed a thorn stuck since that first job. “I am very happy that we were able to get Usopp out. (…) 24 years ago I doubted until the last moment whether to include it, but I decided not to do it because of the situation of the manga at that time”, said the filmmaker.
Including it feels “as if I had been able to complete a pending task. It contributes a lot, when you see the film you understand it. He plays a very important role, ”said the director.
With this film “I thought we should pose a challenge for ‘One Piece’ to reach the largest possible audience and we had to do something that had not been seen before”, a challenge that Taniguchi considers that they have successfully overcome by combining the characteristic action of the work with the great weight of the music.
This component excited Oda, fond of her, as well as his attachment to one of the central figures of the film, Uta.
Uta is the world’s most beloved singer whose voice has been described as “otherworldly” and is famous for hiding her own identity when performing. She will now, for the first time, reveal herself to the world in a live concert. With the Navy watching closely, the venue fills with Uta fans, including excited pirates and the Straw Hats led by Luffy, who simply came to enjoy his sound performance, all eagerly awaiting the voice everyone has been waiting for. to resonate The story begins with the shocking revelation that she is the daughter of the enigmatic Shanks.