Foreign Film Friday: Mirai review - a magically animated child’s view of life and family
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Verdict: a beautiful and touching story for the whole family. Mamoru Hosada is no stranger to the world of fantastical storytelling with films such as The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (2006) and Wolf Children (2012) under his belt. His latest film, Mirai (also known as Mirai of the Future) follows the story of Kun. Previously an only child, after his initial excitement at the arrival of his younger sister, Mirai, he struggles to accept her into his life. It is a simple enough story, transformed by the magic of anime into a charming multi-faceted experience of life and family, shown through a child’s eyes. The film begins shortly before Kun’s parents arrive home after Mirai’s birth and Kun is excited to welcome a new addition to the family: someone to whom he can read scary stories and play trains with. However, after realising that babies aren’t nearly as fun as he might have expected, Kun’s excitement at his sister’s arrival quickly turns to distaste and irritation at the baby who now commands the majority of his parents’ attention.
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