A love story between two people that each have a secret to hide.
One a pro-wrestler, the other a nun.
Losing never felt so good.

Kick-Heart is a creative effort by award-winning Japanese animator Masaaki Yuasa, produced by an international team of professionals under the umbrella of Production I.G, and financed through the Kick Starter crowd-founding system.

Kick-Heart is a love story between Romeo, a successful pro-wrestler, and Juliet, a nun who lives a secret double-life as a female pro-wrestler. Romeo's secret is that he enjoys taking a beating in the ring, while Juliet feels invigorated when facing her opponents as a wrestler. When the two meet in the ring, the fireworks fly. Their story is set in the colorful backdrop of the professional wrestling world. Will Juliet reveal her true identity to the one she loves? Will Romeo be able to share his secret to the world?

About Masaaki Yuasa
Masaaki Yuasa has been involved as an animator in many notable projects such as Crayon Shin-chan, Hakkenden, My Neighbors the Yamadas and Samurai Champloo, leading up to his directorial debut with the feature film Mind Game (2004), that won Best Film, Best Director, Best Script awards, as well as the Audience for the Best Animation Film awards at the 2005 Fantasia Film Festival. He also directed two TV series, namely Kaiba (2008) and The Tatami Galaxy (2010), awarded with the Excellence Prize and Grand Prize respectively at the Japan Media Arts Festival. He contributed character design works for a special episode Noximilien l'Horloger from the French series Wakfu, produced by Ankama. His animation is cherished by the people who are familiar with his work and his style of animation is unlike anything being made. His work plays with themes of slapstick comedy and human drama. His drawings at first glance may look unrefined, but this intentional style becomes very dynamic and expressive when they are brought to life using hand-drawn animation.

Release in Japan: 2013
Format: 1 x 12'42"

© 2012 Masaaki Yuasa, Production I.G