Mirai is Mamoru Hosoda’s heartwarming look at the difficulties of becoming the older sibling, as seen through the eyes of young Kun. When his parents arrive home with his baby sister, Mirai, Kun is less than thrilled. As the new addition becomes the center of his parents’ attention, Kun becomes increasingly jealous. He withdraws into himself and takes refuge in the backyard, where a magical family tree grows.
As he spends more time by the tree, Kun finds himself suddenly catapulted into a fantasy world where the past and present mingle. Guided by his relatives at different ages of their own lives, Kun finally manages to carve out his own story as the older sibling. -KE
Moka Kamishiraishi, Haru Kuroki, Gen Hoshino, Kumiko Aso
Mamoru Hosoda was born in 1967 in Toyama. After graduating from Kanazawa College of Art, he joined Toei Doga studio (now Toei Animation Co, Ltd) and began his career as an animator. In 2011, with Yuichiro Saito (the producer who has accompanied him throughout his career), he created his own animation studio, Studio Chizu, and spearheaded a new movement in theatrical animation. The studio’s first production, Wolf Children (screened at Reel Asian 2012), followed by The Boy and the Beast (2015), cemented Hosoda’s popularity in Japan and abroad.
2018 Cannes Film Festival – Director’s Fortnight
2018 Annecy International Animated Film Festival