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MAI MAI MIRACLE

Japan, 2009 (MIFF 2010, Next Gen)

Director: Sunao Katabuchi

'As beautifully illustrated as a Monet landscape painting.'- Hollywood Reporter

Adapted from Nobuko Takagi's autobiographical novel about growing up in rural post-war Japan, Mai Mai Miracle is a stunningly rendered animation very much in the tradition of the celebrated work of Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited Away, Howl's Moving Castle).

Running through wheat fields and chasing make-believe creatures, tomboy Shinko daily conjures up the majesty of feudal Japan in her imagination, venturing into a world as real to her as her own. When nine-year-old Kiiko moves to town from bustling Tokyo she stands out like a sore thumb - but it isn't long before Shinko enlists the new girl in an epic adventure.

MIFF Recommends: Age 8+
Some adult themes

D/S Sunao Katabuchi P Tomohiko Iwase, Miho Ichii, Ryoichiro Matsuo WS Shochiku L Japanese w/English subtitles TD 35mm/2009

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