Mamoru Hosoda’s MIRAI Press Notes and High-Res Pics from Toho
A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE
Toho Co., Ltd. has provided information and high-res images from MIRAI (未来のミライ, Mirai no Mirai), the new anime film from internationally acclaimed director Mamoru Hosoda (SUMMER WARS, THE GIRL WHO LEAPT THROUGH TIME, THE BOY AND THE BEAST). The movie opens in Japanese cinemas on July 20, 2018.
MIRAI is an original story by Hosoda, and produced by his animation company, Studio Chizu. The film reunites many of the creative personnel behind his previous works, including producer Yuichiro Saito (SUMMER WARS, WOLF CHILDREN“>WOLF CHILDREN, THE BOY AND THE BEAST), art directors Takashi Omori and Yohei Takamatsu (THE BOY AND THE BEAST), animation directors Hiroyuki Aoyama and Ayako Hata (THE BOY AND THE BEAST), and composer Masakatsu Takagi (WOLF CHILDREN, THE BOY AND THE BEAST).
The voice cast features Moka Kamishiraishi, Haru Kuroki (WOLF CHILDREN, THE BOY AND THE BEAST, THE CASE OF HANA & ALICE), Gen Hoshino (NIGHT IS SHORT WALK ON GIRL), Koji Yakusho (THE BOY AND THE BEAST, ASTRO BOY) and Kumiko Asou (WOLF CHILDREN, THE BOY AND THE BEAST, MISS HOKUSAI).
On May 16, MIRAI had its world premiere during the Director’s Fortnight at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival; the first anime to receive this honor. The audience at the premiere responded with a standing ovation.
International sales for MIRAI are being handled by Charades, a new distribution company formed in 2017 by Pierre Mazars (StudioCanal), Yohann Comte (Gaumont), Carole Baraton (Wild Bunch) and Constantin Briest. Charades has already made theatrical deals for the film with distributors in nearly sixty countries; the lineup includes GKIDS (United States), Madman (Australia/New Zealand), Wild Bunch (France — release date set for December 26, 2018), MK2 Mile End (Canada), Anime Ltd. (UK — release date set for November 2, 2018) and Dynit (Italy).
In a small house in a corner of Yokohama…
Four-year-old Kun is a happy boy until the birth of his little sister, Mirai. His joy quickly turns to disappointment when she replaces him as the center of attention and their parents’ affection. But things turn magical when, in a mysterious garden where a small tree grows, Kun meets his baby sister as a teenager. How and why has she come to him?
Led by the older Mirai, Kun begins a grand adventure in a fantastic world where past and future meet. There he encounters his family members at different stages of their lives, including a mysterious man claiming to be a prince, his mother as a child, and his great-grandfather as a young man. These experiences change how he sees the world and family love, helping him become the big brother he is meant to be.
Born in Toyama prefecture, on September 19th, 1967, Mamoru Hosoda made his anime debut in 1991 working for the now prestigious Toei Animation (DRAGON BALL Z), where he later earned recognition for directing films in the iconic DIGIMON and ONE PIECE franchises.
2005 saw a move to MADHOUSE Inc (the studio behind PAPRIKA), where his time-traveling romance THE GIRL WHO LEAPT THROUGH TIME (時をかける少女 Toki o Kakeru Shojo, 2006) and teen Sci-Fi SUMMER WARS (サマーウォーズ, Samaa Uozu, 2009) received widespread acclaim, before he moved studios yet again. In 2011, he and producer Yuichiro Saito formed Studio Chizu, where he helmed two distinct films of family against a fantasy backdrop: WOLF CHILDREN (おおかみこどもの雨と雪, Ookami Kodomo no Ame to Yuki, 2012) and THE BOY AND THE BEAST.
Mamoru Hosoda is currently the most prolific director of the Japan Academy Prize for Animation of the Year, with his four films released since the category’s 2007 establishment all being awarded the accolade.
World Premiere: May 16, 2018 (2018 Cannes Film Festival)
Japanese Theatrical Release: July 20, 2018 (Nationwide Roadshow)
Running Time: 98 Minutes
Kun: Moka Kamishiraishi
Mirai: Haru Kuroki
Father: Gen Hoshino
Mother: Kumiko Asou
Great-grandfather: Koji Yakusho
Director: Mamoru Hosoda
Original Story and Screenplay: Mamoru Hosoda
Producer: Yuichiro Saito
Animation Directors: Hiroyuki Aoyama, Ayako Hata
Art Directors: Yohei Takamatsu, Takashi Omori
Music: Masakatsu Takagi
Theme Song: Tatsuro Yamashita
Production Companies: Studio Chizu, Nippon Television Network
Planning and Animation Production: Studio Chizu
Distributors: Toho (Japan), GKIDS (US), Wild Bunch (France), Anime Ltd.(UK), Madman (Australia/New Zealand), Dynit (Italy), K2 Mile End (Canada)
World Sales: Charades
© 2018 STUDIO CHIZU
About Toho Company. Ltd.
Founded in 1932, Toho Co., Ltd. is one of the leading entertainment conglomerates in Japan. Toho is best known worldwide as the producer of the Godzilla films, as well as most of the films by the world-renowned director, Akira Kurosawa. Besides film production, Toho also distributes Japanese films (earning the highest box office receipts for decades in Japan) as well as foreign films through its subsidiary, owns first class movie theaters throughout Japan, produces legitimate plays and musicals, and has more than 100 entertainment-related subsidiaries.