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Lonely Castle in the Mirror (2023)

Opens on June 16

Director: Keiichi Hara Run Time: 116 min. Release Year: 2022

Starring: Ami Touma, Mana Ashida, Sakura Kiryu, Takumi Kitamura, Yuki Kaji

Country: Japan
Language: Japanese

About the film:

Shy outcast Kokoro has been avoiding school for weeks when she discovers a portal in her bedroom mirror. She reaches through and finds herself transported to an enchanting castle where she is joined by six other students. When a girl in a wolf mask explains that they have been invited to play a game, the teens must work together to uncover the mysterious connection that unites them. However, anyone who breaks the rules will be eaten by a wolf.

Based on the bestselling novel by Mizuki Tsujimura, Lonely Castle in the Mirror (2023) is a heartfelt drama about the pains of growing up and the unlikely bonds that can bring people together.

About the filmmaker:

Keiichi Hara is a Japanese director known for his award-winning animated feature films. Following his graduation from Tokyo Designer Gakuin College, he began working as an animation director at Shinei Animation on kids shows such as Doraemon (1983–1986)ESPer Mami (1987–1989), and the Crayon Shin-chan franchise, before directing his feature film Summer Days with Coo (2007). After leaving Shinei, he collaborated with screenwriter Miho Maruo on feature films Colorful (2010), the internationally acclaimed Miss Hokusai (2015), The Wonderland (2019), and Lonely Castle in the Mirror (2023). In 2013, he directed the live action Dawn of a Filmmaker: The Keisuke Kinoshita Story (2013), a biopic that chronicles the early life and career of legendary Japanese filmmaker Keisuke Kinoshita.

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