“It’s my life cartoon”… The word ‘slam dunk’ that made me forget my tiredness

 Ahn Byung-jun (32), who spent his school days in Japan, wore a mask for an interview.

Although he was covered by a mask, only his eyes were exposed, but his calm eyes twinkled at the end of the interview. It’s because of the story of the cartoon ‘Slam Dunk’.

On January 4, 2023, the movie ‘The First Slam Dunk’ was released. This work, which was first released in Japan on December 3, 2022, is an animation film based on the cartoon ‘Slam Dunk’. 

In 1990, Takehiko Inoue started serializing it in Japan’s ‘Weekly Shonen Jump’ and has since been called Japan’s best manga work. 

The protagonist Kang Baek-ho (commonly known in the Korean version) falls in love with her basketball-loving female student Chae-yeon at first sight and joins the basketball club. 

This cartoon, which created numerous famous scenes and famous lines, has been released as an animation and theater version in the past, but as it was released as a new theatrical version, it began to receive enthusiastic support from those in their 30s and 40s who feel nostalgia for the past.

On the 30th, according to the Korea Film Promotion Commission’s integrated computer network for movie theater tickets, ‘The First Slam Dunk’ took first place last weekend (27-29) with 249,000 spectators (21.5% of sales share). The cumulative number of spectators until the previous day was 1,922,000.

Ahn Byung-jun, whom I met in Jeju on the 27th, was also one of the 1.92 million people. During Suwon Samsung’s first training session in Geoje, he watched the new Slam Dunk movie with his teammates on a break day.

While preparing for the interview with Ahn Byung-jun, I suddenly wondered, “What does ‘slam dunk’ mean to someone who grew up in Japan?” 

Born in Tokyo, Japan in May 1990, Byung-Jun Ahn must have encountered a lot of Japanese comics during his childhood and school days.

Because they had gone through intensive physical training in the morning prior to the interview, the tiredness in the eyes of the players who participated in the interview was lightly reflected. Ahn Byung-jun also started the interview by answering, “It’s difficult, but I’m adapting well.”  메이저놀이터

After asking many questions, at the end of the interview, when asked if he had seen Slam Dunk, Ahn Byung-jun’s calm eyes gradually twinkled. 

Ahn Byeong-joon said, “I don’t know how many times I’ve read comic books,” and said, “It’s counted as a comic book for life. Along with ‘One Piece,’ it’s the best comic.” 

Ahn Byung-joon, who took a vacation in Japan after the 2022 season, said, “When I was on vacation in Japan, the movie came out first, so I wanted to see it, but I couldn’t.” Four saw it.” 

However, it seems that only Ahn Byung-jun was interested. He also said, “I didn’t seem to want to see the other friends too much, but I dragged them along. Hoeik didn’t know the original work.” 

When asked what they thought of this theatrical version of the movie, as they are from the generation who started out with comics, they were satisfied, saying, “It was well made so that people who have read all the comics can enjoy watching it.” 

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