‘The First Slam Dunk’ Review: Goes beyond nostalgia

Directed by Takehiko Inoue

I have to admit, I don’t remember everything about Slam Dunk. I’m not even sure if I have finished the anime series that was shown in local TV. But I do remember how I felt while watching it. Going home after school to just go with its lead character Sakuragi and his basketball journey with his team, Shohoku.

At first, I was uncomfortable with the animation because I was used to the old 2D animation. But as the story progresses, I realized that this is what the film needed to be introduced to the new generation, to today’s audiences. And as minutes go by, I appreciated the animation more. And it was beautiful.

The film goes beyond nostalgia. It’s one of, if not the best anime-to-film adaptation and movie experiences I’ve had in a while. While it’s best seen with a crowd of fans, I wasn’t able to contain my excitement, the tension and the joy of watching the film. It’s as if you’re watching an actual game but you’re more invested. More invested with the characters and with the story and how it will all turn out.

The First Slam Dunk is an exhilarating movie experience. It perfectly encapsulates our childhood with the right amount of fun, drama and nostalgia. This is best scene on the big screen and it is worth every penny.


‘The First Slam Dunk’ is now showing in Philippine cinemas exclusively at SM Cinemas, locally distributed by Pioneer Films. Rated PG by the MTRCB.

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