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The House of the Lost on the Cape (2022)

Opens on September 9

Director: Shinya Kawatsura Run Time: 105 min. Rating: NR Release Year: 2021

Starring: Mana Ashida, Sally Amaki, Sari Awano, Shinobu Otake, Takuya Tasso

Country: Japan
Language: Japanese

About the film: 

17-year-old run-away Yui and 8-year-old Hiyori, who lost her family and her voice, have no place to go when they run into Kiwa, a strange old lady. She offers them a place to stay, in a slightly banged-up old house overlooking the sea, a Mayoiga. Despite joining Kiwa on a whim, the two girls find comfort in Mayoiga, a legendary house, said to look after lost travelers, and the warm hospitality of Kiwa. Both girls’ damaged hearts begin to heal little by little. Until one day, a variety of strange beings which Kiwa calls “Fushigitto” begin popping up around the house.

About the filmmakers:

Directed by artist and filmmaker Shinya Kawatsura, whose previous projects include the animated series Non Non Biyori (2013-2021), Kokoro Connect (2012), and episodes of Durarara!! (2010-2011). Screenplay from prolific and award-winning writer Reiko Yoshida, who penned the acclaimed feature film A Silent Voice (2016) and the animated series Violet Evergarden (2018) and K-On! (2009-2011) and their subsequent films. Animation is by David Production, the studio behind the on-going animated series JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure and Cells at Work!.

Based on the award-winning novel by Sachiko Kashiwaba—which won the 54th Noma Children’s Literature Award in 2016—The House of the Lost on the Cape was released in 2021 as part of the Continuing Support Project 2011+10, which marked 10 years since the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. The feature film was nominated for Best Feature at the 2022 Annecy International Animation Film Festival.

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