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Napping Princess (Hirune-hime: Shiranai watashi no monogatari) (2017)

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The year is 2020, three days before the opening of the Tokyo Olympics. While she should be studying for her exams, Kokone Morikawa is often dozing off, stuck between reality and a dream-world full of fantastic motorized contraptions. But after her father, a talented but mysterious mechanic, is arrested for stealing technology from a powerful corporation, it's up to Kokone and her childhood friend Morio to save him. Together they realize that Kokone's dream-world holds the answers to the mystery behind the stolen tech, and they embark on a journey that traverses dreams and reality, city and country, and past and present. Their mission uncovers a trail of clues to her father's disappearance and ultimately a surprising revelation about Kokone's family. From visionary director Kenji Kamiyama (Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex and Eden of the East) comes a sci-fi fantasy that effortlessly weaves together the rapidly evolving technology of today's world with the fantastic imagination of the next generation. With an ambitious mix of multilayered action, whimsical characters and inventive machines, Napping Princess is a genre- and universe-blending film that shows that following your dreams is sometimes the best way to discover your past.

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Cast

Arata Furuta
as Watanabe Ichirô / Bewan
Mitsuki Takahata
as Morikawa Kokone / Enshen
Shinnosuke Mashima
as Sawatari Morio
Yosuke Eguchi
as Morikawa Momotarô/

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All Critics (15) | Top Critics (3)

As he did in the popular "Eden and the East" and "Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex," writer-director Kenji Kamiyama tells a complicated tale without resorting to dull explanations or pat conclusions.

September 7, 2017 | Full Review…

You feel a warmth after watching it, as there's something in its depiction of imperfect, loving family relationships that stays with you.

September 5, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Though occasionally lopsided, the mix works well, and should play best to teens raised on Japanese 'toons.

September 4, 2017 | Full Review…

It's not surprising that his new Napping Princess has some spectacular visuals but that it's otherwise flat.

September 28, 2017 | Full Review…

Travels a bumpy road indeed.

September 8, 2017 | Full Review…

It takes a special, innovative, spectacular kind of film to simultaneously invite comparisons with Sailor Moon, The Wizard of Oz, and Primer.

August 23, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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