Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel III. spring song
|Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel III. spring song|
|Directed by||Tomonori Sudō|
|Screenplay by||Akira Hiyama|
|Story by||Kinoko Nasu|
|Based on||Fate/stay night|
|Produced by||Hikaru Kondo|
|Music by||Yuki Kajiura|
|Box office||$20.15 million|
The story continues immediately from the events of Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel II. lost butterfly, and is the final installment in the Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel trilogy. It premiered in Japan on August 15, 2020 and in the United States on November 18, 2020.
Following her return home, Sakura Matou fuses with the shadow after killing her brother, Shinji, for his attempted rape. Shirou Emiya finds Shinji's corpse and is taunted by Zouken Matou for his role in Sakura's corruption, but is rescued from Zouken by Rider. Zouken sends the corrupted Sakura to kidnap Illyasviel von Einzbern - to be a vessel for the Holy Grail like her mother was - and she attacks the Emiya household with Saber Alter; Sakura subdues her sister, Rin Tohsaka, and Illya surrenders to save everyone. Although bound to protect Shirou by Sakura's final command spell, Rider refuses to fight Sakura directly, so Shirou reluctantly asks Kirei Kotomine for help.
Raiding the ruined Einzbern castle, Kirei distracts Zouken and his Servant Assassin while Shirou rescues Illya, but Sakura sends a now-corrupted Berserker to chase them. Despite knowing it will eventually kill him, a desperate Shirou unseals Archer's transplanted left arm, replicating Berserker's weapon and strength with Archer's magic to defeat him. Kirei drives off Assassin by destroying Zouken's body, recalling his wish for the Grail - to satisfy his "twisted" nature. Sakura confronts Kirei and destroys his artificial heart from the last Holy Grail War, but fails to finish him off when Berserker's defeat incapacitates her.
Shirou learns from Illya and Rin that Sakura is influenced through the Shadow by an evil entity known as Angra Mainyu, who corrupted the Grail after the Einzbern family summoned it as an Avenger-class Servant in a prior war. Seeking to subdue Sakura before she can birth Angra Mainyu into the world, Rin and Illya combine their powers to show Shirou their family's recorded memories, which reveals the Holy Grail was conceived to reach the "Root" of all knowledge. Shirou uses the visions to recreate the weapon of the oldest magus, the Jeweled Sword Zelretch, at the cost of continual damage from Archer's arm. Meanwhile, Zouken plots to make Sakura his new vessel, revealing his actual body near Sakura's heart. However, Sakura retaliates by absorbing Assassin with the Shadow before ripping Zouken out of her chest and crushing him.
After a brief confrontation, Shirou convinces Rider that he will save Sakura no matter what, securing her help along with Rin. The group arrives at Fuyuki Cave, where the tainted Grail waits, but Saber Alter bars their way and only lets Rin pass on Sakura's orders. Working together, Shirou and Rider subdue Saber Alter long enough for Shirou to remorsefully kill his former Servant. Confronting Sakura, Rin uses the Jeweled Sword to cut through Sakura's shadows but, as Sakura pours her heart out over feeling abandoned by the world, Rin ultimately can't bring herself to kill her and is impaled while apologizing for failing as a sister. Overcome with guilt, Sakura tries sacrificing herself to stop Angra Mainyu, but Shirou intervenes; insisting they both atone by living, he projects Caster's sorcery-nullifying Rule Breaker and severs Sakura's link to The Shadow.
Despite the shadow being purged from Sakura, Angra Mainyu still tries to emerge from the Holy Grail. Rider takes Rin and Sakura to safety while Shirou stays to destroy The Holy Grail, but a dying Kirei interferes. Shirou defeats Kirei after a vicious fistfight, the latter declaring Shirou the winner of the Holy Grail War before dying, but is stopped by Illya before he can destroy the Grail at the cost of his life. Stating she will protect her brother, Illya invokes the Heaven's Feel ritual and saves Shirou by separating his soul from the dying body, destroying the Holy Grail in the process. As she passes on, Illya reunites with the spirit of her mother Irisviel.
In the aftermath, Rin and Sakura revive Shirou by giving his recovered soul an artificial body provided by Tōko Aozaki. Resuming their relationship, Shirou and Sakura - along with Rin, Taiga, and a now-incarnated Rider - go to see the cherry blossoms as Shirou promised.
Heaven's Feel III. spring song is produced by ufotable, directed by Tomonori Sudō and written by Akira Hiyama and featuring music from Yuki Kajiura. The first visual of the film was released in October 2019. Subsequent ones were publicly distributed on October 28, 2019 and November 17, 2019. Its March 28, 2020 release date was confirmed in a trailer featuring the main theme, Aimer's "Haru wa Yuku" (春はゆく, "Spring Goes By").
Tomonori Sudō expressed relief when the film was released, favoriting many scenes including Rider's fight against Saber Alter, the relationship between Sakura and Rin, Illya's new design among others. The cast praised Aimer's performance for her song during the release of the movie.
The film was originally scheduled to premiere in Japan on March 28, 2020, but it was postponed to April 25, 2020 and then again to August 15, 2020, due to concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic. Aniplex of America originally planned to present a preview screening of the film in the United States on April 17, 2020 at the Orpheum Theater in Los Angeles, and to begin wider theatrical screenings across the United States starting on May 7, 2020. However, due to concerns over the pandemic, the U.S. premiere was cancelled, and all North American theatrical screenings were postponed to November 18, 2020. The film was released on DVD and Blu-ray on March 31, 2021 in Japan.
The film's opening topped the Japanese box office, 270,000 tickets sold for a gross of 474,890,600 yen ($4.48 million) in its opening weekend. The movie made 1 billion yen at the Japanese box office in 11 days, reaching the milestone quicker than the first two films, and sold a total of 620,000 tickets in that time. The film went on to earn more than 1.9 billion yen ($18 million) by October 15, 2020 in Japan, until December 31, it grossed 2 billion yen ($18.8 million) in Japan, making it the highest-grossing film in the Heaven's Feel trilogy.
The film went on to earn in South Korea $682,049, in Australia $124,140, in the New Zealand $17,588, in Hong Kong $259,051, in Mexico $75,000
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