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Mirai (2018)

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Critic Consensus: The simplicity and colorful warmth of Mirai's animation is underscored by a story with surprising - and deeply affecting - depth and emotional resonance.

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Fathom Events and GKIDS bring MIRAI, a daringly original story of love passed down through generations from acclaimed director Mamoru Hosoda and Japan's Studio Chizu, to select theaters on November 29, December 5 and 8. When four-year-old Kun meets his new baby sister, his world is turned upside down. Named Mirai (meaning "future"), the baby quickly wins the hearts of Kun's entire family. As his mother returns to work, and his father struggles to run the household, Kun becomes increasingly jealous of baby Mirai... until one day he storms off into the garden, where he encounters strange guests from the past and future -- including his sister Mirai, as a teenager. Together, Kun and teenage Mirai go on a journey through time and space, uncovering their family's incredible story. The epic capstone of director Mamoru Hosoda's career, Mirai is a sumptuous, magical, and emotionally soaring adventure about the ties that bring families together and make us who we are.

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John Cho
as The Father
Rebecca Hall
as The Mother
Daniel Dae Kim
as Great-Grandfather
Eileen T'Kaye
as The Grandmother
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Merits comparison to works of similar relevance and poetic ambitions, like Shoplifters and Roma, masterworks that share its inquiries about familial ties, parental insecurities, and the inescapable pull of the past.

November 30, 2018 | Full Review…

Like Hayao Miyazaki, whose mantle Hosoda is often considered to be on an unofficial short list to pick up, Hosoda tells this child's story at a child's eye level, and the diversions feel part and parcel of that point of view.

November 30, 2018 | Full Review…

Expands into a lyrical realm that is both very Japanese and entirely universal.

November 30, 2018 | Full Review…

The latest gem from Japanese anime master Mamoru Hosoda concerns a little boy's conflict with his baby sister. It may be the animator's smallest film, but it stands tall. You'll be enchanted.

November 30, 2018 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

Mirai doesn't really speak for young viewers, just down to them.

November 30, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

The painstaking animation becomes more and more elaborate, culminating in a child's-eye view of a bustling train station and a bullet train transformed into a demonic carriage for lost children.

November 30, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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