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    Mamoru Hosoda`s MIRAI Press Notes and High-Res Pics from Toho

    A young boy and his sister have a great adventure in MIRAI, the new film from award-winning director Mamoru Hosoda. Image courtesy of Toho Co., Ltd. © 2018 STUDIO CHIZU

    Source: Toho Co., Ltd. Official Site: mirai-no-mirai.jp (Japan), gkids.com/films/mirai (US)

    A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE

    Toho Co., Ltd. has provided information and high-res images from MIRAI (??????, Mirai no Mirai), the new anime film from internationally acclaimed director Mamoru Hosoda (SUMMER WARS, THE GIRL WHO LEAPT THROUGH TIME, THE BOY AND THE BEAST). The movie opens in Japanese cinemas on July 20, 2018. INTRODUCTION

    Japanese poster. Image courtesy of Toho Co., Ltd. © 2018 STUDIO CHIZU

    MIRAI is an original story by Hosoda, and produced by his animation company, Studio Chizu. The film reunites many of the creative personnel behind his previous works, including producer Yuichiro Saito (SUMMER WARS, WOLF CHILDREN">WOLF CHILDREN, THE BOY AND THE BEAST), art directors Takashi Omori and Yohei Takamatsu (THE BOY AND THE BEAST), animation directors Hiroyuki Aoyama and Ayako Hata (THE BOY AND THE BEAST), and composer Masakatsu Takagi (WOLF CHILDREN, THE BOY AND THE BEAST). The voice cast features Moka Kamishiraishi, Haru Kuroki (WOLF CHILDREN, THE BOY AND THE BEAST, THE CASE OF HANA & ALICE), Gen Hoshino (NIGHT IS SHORT WALK ON GIRL), Koji Yakusho (THE BOY AND THE BEAST, ASTRO BOY) and Kumiko Asou (WOLF CHILDREN, THE BOY AND THE BEAST, MISS HOKUSAI). On May 16, MIRAI had its world premiere during the Director’s Fortnight at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival; the first anime to receive this honor. The audience at the premiere responded with a standing ovation. International sales for MIRAI are being handled by Charades, a new distribution company formed in 2017 by Pierre Mazars (StudioCanal), Yohann Comte (Gaumont), Carole Baraton (Wild Bunch) and Constantin Briest. Charades has already made theatrical deals for the film with distributors in nearly sixty countries; the lineup includes GKIDS (United States), Madman (Australia/New Zealand), Wild Bunch (France -- release date set for December 26, 2018), MK2 Mile End (Canada), Anime Ltd. (UK -- release date set for November 2, 2018) and Dynit (Italy). STORY In a small house in a corner of Yokohama... Four-year-old Kun is a happy boy until the birth of his little sister, Mirai. His joy quickly turns to disappointment when she replaces him as the center of attention and their parents` affection. But things turn magical when, in a mysterious garden where a small tree grows, Kun meets his baby sister as a teenager. How and why has she come to him? Led by the older Mirai, Kun begins a grand adventure in a fantastic world where past and future meet. There he encounters his family members at different stages of their lives, including a mysterious man claiming to be a prince, his mother as a child, and his great-grandfather as a young man. These experiences change how he sees the world and family love, helping him become the big brother he is meant to be. DIRECTOR PROFILE

    Born in Toyama prefecture, on September 19th, 1967, Mamoru Hosoda made his anime debut in 1991 working for the now prestigious Toei Animation (DRAGON BALL Z), where he later earned recognition for directing films in the iconic DIGIMON and ONE PIECE franchises. 2005 saw a move to MADHOUSE Inc (the studio behind PAPRIKA), where his time-traveling romance THE GIRL WHO LEAPT THROUGH TIME (??????? Toki o Kakeru Shojo, 2006) and teen Sci-Fi SUMMER WARS (???????, Samaa Uozu, 2009) received widespread acclaim, before he moved studios yet again. In 2011, he and producer Yuichiro Saito formed Studio Chizu, where he helmed two distinct films of family against a fantasy backdrop: WOLF CHILDREN (???????????, Ookami Kodomo no Ame to Yuki, 2012) and THE BOY AND THE BEAST. Mamoru Hosoda is currently the most prolific director of the Japan Academy Prize for Animation of the Year, with his four films released since the category’s 2007 establishment all being awarded the accolade. CREDITS World Premiere: May 16, 2018 (2018 Cannes Film Festival) Japanese Theatrical Release: July 20, 2018 (Nationwide Roadshow) Running Time: 98 Minutes Cast Kun: Moka Kamishiraishi Mirai: Haru Kuroki Father: Gen Hoshino Mother: Kumiko Asou Mitsuo Yoshihara Yoshiko Miyazaki Great-grandfather: Koji Yakusho Staff Director: Mamoru Hosoda Original Story and Screenplay: Mamoru Hosoda Producer: Yuichiro Saito Animation Directors: Hiroyuki Aoyama, Ayako Hata Art Directors: Yohei Takamatsu, Takashi Omori Music: Masakatsu Takagi Theme Song: Tatsuro Yamashita Production Companies: Studio Chizu, Nippon Television Network Planning and Animation Production: Studio Chizu Distributors: Toho (Japan), GKIDS (US), Wild Bunch (France), Anime Ltd.(UK), Madman (Australia/New Zealand), Dynit (Italy), K2 Mile End (Canada) World Sales: Charades © 2018 STUDIO CHIZU

    Japanese poster. © 2018 STUDIO CHIZU
    Japanese poster. © 2018 STUDIO CHIZU
    English promotional art. © 2018 STUDIO CHIZU
    English promotional art. © 2018 STUDIO CHIZU
    Kun is unhappy with the changes at home. Image courtesy of Toho Co., Ltd. © 2018 STUDIO CHIZU
    Kun`s baby sister, Mirai. Image courtesy of Toho Co., Ltd. © 2018 STUDIO CHIZU
    Mother and Father with Mirai. Image courtesy of Toho Co., Ltd. © 2018 STUDIO CHIZU
    The teenage Mirai. Image courtesy of Toho Co., Ltd. © 2018 STUDIO CHIZU
    Image courtesy of Toho Co., Ltd. © 2018 STUDIO CHIZU
    A fantastic world where past and future meet. Image courtesy of Toho Co., Ltd. © 2018 STUDIO CHIZU
    Image courtesy of Toho Co., Ltd. © 2018 STUDIO CHIZU
    Great-grandfather as a young man. Image courtesy of Toho Co., Ltd. © 2018 STUDIO CHIZU
    Kun is confronted by a mysterious man. Image courtesy of Toho Co., Ltd. © 2018 STUDIO CHIZU
    Key art for the film. Image courtesy of Toho Co., Ltd. © 2018 STUDIO CHIZU
    Logo courtesy of Toho Co., Ltd. © 2018 STUDIO CHIZU

    About Toho Company. Ltd.

    Founded in 1932, Toho Co., Ltd. is one of the leading entertainment conglomerates in Japan. Toho is best known worldwide as the producer of the Godzilla films, as well as most of the films by the world-renowned director, Akira Kurosawa. Besides film production, Toho also distributes Japanese films (earning the highest box office receipts for decades in Japan) as well as foreign films through its subsidiary, owns first class movie theaters throughout Japan, produces legitimate plays and musicals, and has more than 100 entertainment-related subsidiaries.

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