Mirai of the Future Film Casts Musician Masaharu Fukuyama

posted on by Karen Ressler
Character billed as 'young man' is key person for the story

The staff of Mamoru Hosoda and Studio Chizu's new Mirai no Mirai (Mirai of the Future) anime film announced on Wednesday that musician Masaharu Fukuyama has joined the film's cast as a character credited as "young man" (pictured below). The character is a "key person" in the protagonist Kun-chan's journey through time. He already appeared in the trailer, giving Kun-chan rides on a motor bike and a horse.

The film will have its world premiere at this year's Directors' Fortnight, an independent section held in parallel to the Cannes Film Festival. The Directors' Fortnight section will be held from May 9-19, while Cannes Film Festival will be held from May 8-19.

The film will open in Japan on July 20, after previously being announced with a May release date. It will also screen in competition at Annecy. The movie has a 100-minute runtime.

The The previously announced cast includes:

(From left to right in top row in image above)

  • Moka Kamishiraishi as Kun-chan
  • Haru Kuroki as Mirai-chan

(From left to right in bottom row in image above)

  • Yoshiko Miyazaki as Grandmother
  • Gen Hoshino as Father
  • Kōji Yakusho as Grandfather
  • Kumiko Asou as Mother
  • Mitsuo Yoshihara as Mysterious Man

Tatsuro Yamashita is performing both the opening song "Mirai no Theme" and the theme song.

International sales banner Charades represented the film at Cannes in 2017, and has sold distribution rights to GKIDS in the United States, MK2 Mile End in Canada, Anime Limited in the United Kingdom, and Madman Entertainment in Australia and New Zealand. As of April 17, the film is slated to open in 86 countries. Producer Yuichiro Saito previously stated that the deals for distribution include a requirement to screen the film in theaters first, in addition to broadcast and streaming rights.

The film's story centers around a family living in a small house in an obscure corner of a certain city — in particular, the family's spoiled four-year-old boy Kun-chan. When Kun-chan gets a little sister named Mirai, he feels that his new sister stole his parents' love from him, and is overwhelmed by many experiences he undergoes for the first time in his life. In the midst of it all, he meets an older version of Mirai, who has come from the future.

Hosoda is directing the film at his Studio Chizu, and is also credited as scriptwriter and for the original story. Hiroyuki Aoyama (animation director of The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Summer Wars, and The Boy and the Beast) and Ayako Hata (key animator on the same films) are returning for this new film as animation directors. Yohei Takamatsu and Takashi Omori, who Hosoda had previously worked with on The Boy and the Beast, are also returning as art directors for the film. Producer Yuichiro Saito is also returning from Hosoda's earlier films.

Source: Comic Natalie

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