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Production I.G's Momo e no Tegami Film to Open in 2012

posted on 2011-02-15 05:06 EST
Jin-Roh director's 7-year project about girl starting new life in countryside after father's passing

The anime studio Production I.G confirmed on Tuesday that it is producing a film called Momo e no Tegami (A Letter to Momo) for a theatrical release in Japan in 2012. Jin-Roh director Hiroyuki Okiura spent seven years planning, writing, storyboarding, and directing the film; it is his first return to the proverbial director's chair since Jin-Roh in 2000. Production I.G describes the film's story as follows:

"Dear Momo" — that was all that was written on a letter left behind by Momo's late father. Momo and her mother have just moved from Tokyo to the countryside of Japan's Inland Sea. On an island lies a wondrous town surrounded on all sides by quaint homes and nature's landscape. Even as Momo starts a new life, she wonders, "Father, what did you really want to write in your letter…?" One day, she discovers an ancient book in the attic, and from that day forward, strange happenings occur all around Momo.

Masashi Ando (Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away) is overseeing the animation process. Among the animators on the team are Toshiyuki Inoue (Akira), Ei Inoue (The Cat Returns), Takeshi Honda (Evangelion: 2.0 You Can [Not] Advance), Tetsuya Nishio (Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence), and Hiroyuki Aoyama (Summer Wars). Hiroshi Ohno (Kiki's Delivery Service) is serving as art director.

Source: Anime Anime Japan

Image © 2011 Momo e no Tegami Production Committee

Update: Grammatical error fixed. Thanks, DrizzlingEnthalpy.


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