9 August 2011

TIFF 2011: First Trailer For Hiroyuki Okiura's A LETTER TO MOMO

I remember a few years ago when I sat with one of my friends we had a chat and of the things we talked about was anime or Japanese animation. His thoughts on the animation was "its porn, rapists, killer robots, paedophiles" I asked him have you actually seen a anime? "No" he answered "So how do you know its all those things you said it was?" he hesitated because the newspapers said it was! As any sane person worldwide you never believe everything you read in, 99.5% of the time they sensationalise the stories, let's be honest Anime does have its unsavoury animations but it has alot more 'friendlier' animation its just sad this ratpack of the press only highlighted the negative parts.

Now I have that off my chest, with the thanks of Studio Ghibli plus several other great animators Anime now has a more favourable reputation in the west now and next month at Toronto Film Festival Hiroyuki Okiura's A LETTER TO MOMO will make its world premier. Avid followers of anime may recognise this movies director Okiura's name and they would be right as he brought us Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade which was an amazing 11 years ago! Even today that movie is still regarded as a classic by anime's hardcore fanbase but for his latest movie its a completely  different direction, A LETTER TO MOMO is more melodramatic looking at a child's reaction to loosing a parent. Whatever the subject matter of a film a true master film maker will handle it with ease and the film choice of Okiura may bedazzle some of his fans but most of all its just good to see the animator back at what he does best, making great animation!

Below is a short trailer for the movie as we said making its debut in Toronto with the movie getting its Japan release sometime in 2012, enjoy!

Momo is a young girl who grew up in a big city.However, following the premature loss of her father, she has to move with her mother to the old family house on a remote island. Here, time seems to have stopped: old wooden buildings, holy shrines surrounded by trees, fields painstakingly carved out from steep hills... and no shopping mall.Needless to say, Momo is not too overenthusiastic about this new environment. Most of all, her heart is still feeling uneasy about an unfinished letter left by her father. A letter that contained only two words: "Dear Momo..." What was dad going to say?
One day, exploring the attic of her new big house, Momo finds a dusty and worn out book.And from that moment, something really unexpected starts happening around her...


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