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Kadokawa Pictures announced on Monday that Hiroyuki Okiura and Production I.G's Momo e no Tegami (A Letter to Momo) film will open in Japan during next spring's Golden Week holidays. The studio also announced that Yūko Hara, the keyboardist for the band Southern All Stars, will perform the theme song "Uruswashimahoroba ~Utsukushii Basho~." 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. Hara herself spent five years on the theme song.
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.
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