Higurashi no Naku Koro ni
Higurashi movie
Director Oikawa Ataru
Screenplay Oikawa Ataru
Writers Oikawa Ataru, Ryukishi07
Starring Maeda Gōki, Matsumaya Airi, Asuka Rin
Music Kawai Kenji
Cinematography Nabeshima Atsuhiro
Editor Takizawa Yusaku
Production company Arcimboldo
Distributors Phantom Film (Japan)

Shochiku (International)

Release dates May 10th, 2008
Running time 106 mins
Country Japan
Language Japanese
Budget $1M-3M Estimated
Box office $1,150,197

Higurashi no Naku Koro ni is a Japanese live-action movie written and directed by Oikawa Ataru. It is based on the first Question Arc, Onikakushi-hen of the dojin soft sound novel “Higurashi no Naku Koro ni”. It was released by Phantom Film on May 10th, 2008 and internationally distributed by Shochiku under the title Shrill Cries of Summer at the Cannes film festival and the European Film Market in 2008. 

Plot Edit

Based on the first Question Arc, Onikakushi-hen. Higurashi no Naku Koro ni follows the plot closely with slight deviations to the plot, such as Keiichi , Tomitake and Miyo entering the Saiguden like in Watanagashi-hen.

Reception Edit

Screened across 60 cinemas and earning 200 million yen at the box office, the live action adaption of Higurashi no Naku Koro ni was a major success and initially received mostly positive reviews. Although some gave unsatisfactory scores, citing the overall lack of direction, music, changes made to the characters, and the directors incompetence in failing to properly adapt the atmosphere of Higurashi. Years later, it was considered to be a very bad adaption of Onikakushi-hen and is thought of negatively. Even though shown at the Cannes film festival and European Film Market in 2008, the movie was never given a home video release abroad, but was subtitled by fans and released online few years later.

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