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Otakon to Premiere Makoto Shinkai's Hoshi o Ou Kodomo

posted on 2011-07-20 09:40 EDT
Shinkai to hold Q&A after unsubbed Children Who Chase Lost Voices from Deep Below showing

The organizers of Otakon announced on Wednesday that the July 29-31 event will host the American premiere of Makoto Shinkai's latest film, Children Who Chase Lost Voices from Deep Below (Hoshi o Ou Kodomo), in Baltimore. The screening will be in Japanese with no subtitles, but Shinkai will appear at a Q&A session afterwards.

The film centers on Asuna, a girl who spends her solitary days listening to the mysterious music emanating from the crystal radio she received from her father as a memento. However, she embarks on a journey of adventure to find a mysterious boy she just met, and thus comes to know the cruelty and beauty of the world, as well as loss.

The film is the latest work by Shinkai, the creator of Voices of a Distant Star, The Place Promised in Our Early Days, and 5 Centimeters Per Second. The new film opened in Japan on May 7.

Takayo Nishimura (5 Centimeters Per Second, Before Green Gables) designed the characters and oversaw the animation process. Takumi Tanji (5 Centimeters Per Second, The Place Promised in Our Early Days) directed the art, and musical composer Tenmon (5 Centimeters Per Second, The Place Promised in Our Early Days, Voices of a Distant Star) collaborated with Shinkai again on this project.

Images © Makoto Shinkai/CMMMY
© Hiroya Oku/Shueisha © 2011 “GANTZ” Film Partners


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