Premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival; Japanese theatrical release on April 21, 2012.
Seven years in the making, the exquisitely crafted A Letter to Momo is the highly anticipated second feature from world-renowned anime director Hiroyuki Okiura, whose 1999 film Jin-Roh met with international acclaim.
Clinging to an unfinished letter written by her recently deceased father, young Momo moves with her mother from bustling Tokyo to the remote Japanese island of Shio. Upon their arrival, she begins to explore her new habitat, meeting local children and learning their routines and customs. However, itís not long before several bizarre occurrences crop up around the previously tranquil island. Orchards are found ransacked, prized trinkets start disappearing and, worst of all, each morning after her mother leaves for work, Momo hears strange mumblings coming from the attic of their home.
Annoyed by these creepy goings-on and her motherís refusal to believe them, Momo embarks on a strange and supernatural adventure to discover the source of the mischief, which leads her to a trio of troublesome imps: the flatulent lizard Kawa, the childlike Mame and their hulking ogre leader Iwa. Momo also learns that her visit to the island is in some way connected to her fatherís mysterious letter.
After a decade-long absence from the directorís chair, Okiura has enlisted a world-class team of creators, including animation supervisor Masashi Ando, who previously worked on Hayao Miyazakiís Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke. From the painstakingly rendered serenity of the islandís Shinto shrines to the filmís high-energy, ghostly climax, A Letter to Momo is a triumph of traditional hand-drawn animation. This sensitive coming-of-age story is both a child-friendly exploration of loss and an enchanting flight of imagination.
Momo E No Tegami Production Information
Alternate Title: "ももへの手紙."
English Title: "A Letter To Momo."
- Sep 4, 2011- Toronto International Film Festival
- Oct 6, 2011- 44th Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival
- Oct 6, 2011- New York International Children's Film Festival
- Mar 2, 2012- Busan International Film Festival
- Apr 21, 2012- Japanese Release
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