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Canadian Premiere

The First Slam Dunk

Directed by Takehiko Inoue


Official selection

Animation of the Year - Japan Academy Film Prize


Takehiko Inoue


Takehiko Inoue


Shin’ichiro Kamio, Jun Kasama, Subaru Kimura, Kenta Miyake, Shugo Nakamura



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Japan 2022 124 mins OV Japanese Subtitles : English
Genre DramaAnimation

“Some of the most exhilarating basketball sequences in the history of cinema... a dazzling tour de force both on and off the court”

“Expertly weaves a good character story with tense, exhilarating court action... a delightful, stirring experience even for newcomers”

All Ryota Miyagi ever wanted was to be a great basketball player like his older brother. He has loved the sport ever since he was a kid, and he’s now carrying on his brother’s legacy by playing for the Shohoku High School basketball team as their point guard. He may be small, but don’t let his size fool you — he’s full of speed and energy on the court. Filled with determination and passion, he and his team are ready to take on the challenge of the Inter-High School National Championship. To claim the highest victory in the tournament, they have to go up against the Sannoh Kogyo High School team, the current ruling champions. Basketball has always given them a sense of purpose, and they'll do whatever it takes to win the game.

Certain to have you cheering and screaming, THE FIRST SLAM DUNK is an incredibly dynamic and electrifying underdog story loaded with inspiring moments. Based on Takehiko Inoue’s best-selling manga series SLAM DUNK, the iconic franchise that’s had a huge impact in Japan, achieving no less than the popularization basketball in the country! THE FIRST SLAM DUNK not only made history at the Japanese box office last year, it’s one of the highest-grossing anime films of all time. It even won the Japan Academy Film Prize for Animation of the Year! Written and directed by Inoue himself, making his directorial debut, his love for basketball is evident from start to finish through the stunning mix of CG and hand-drawn animation. Even if you’ve never read the manga or watched the anime series, the movie will still win you over and have you bouncing back for more! – Steven Lee