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Momo e no tegami (2011)

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Clinging to an unfinished letter written by her recently deceased father, young Momo moves with her mother from bustling Tokyo to the remote Japanese island of Shio. Upon their arrival, she... See full summary »

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Karen Miyama ...
Momo Miyaura (voice)
Yuka ...
Ikuko Miyaura (voice)
Daizaburo Arakawa ...
Kazuo Miyaura (voice)
Toshiyuki Nishida ...
Iwa (voice)
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Kawa (voice)
Yûichi Nagashima ...
Mame (voice) (as Cho)
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Great Uncle (voice)
Ikuko Tani ...
Great Auntie (voice)
Takeo Ogawa ...
Koichi (voice)
Kota Fuji ...
Yota (voice)
Katsuki Hashimoto ...
Umi (voice)
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Momo Miyaura (voice)
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Ikuko Miyaura (voice)
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Kazuo Miyaura (voice)
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Iwa (voice)
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Clinging to an unfinished letter written by her recently deceased father, young Momo moves with her mother from bustling Tokyo to the remote Japanese island of Shio. Upon their arrival, she begins to explore her new habitat, meeting local children and learning their routines and customs. However, it's not long before several bizarre occurrences crop up around the previously tranquil island. Orchards are found ransacked, prized trinkets start disappearing and, worst of all, each morning after her mother leaves for work, Momo hears strange mumblings coming from the attic of their home. Annoyed by these creepy goings-on and her mother's refusal to believe them, Momo embarks on a strange and supernatural adventure to discover the source of the mischief, which leads her to a trio of troublesome imps: the flatulent lizard Kawa, the childlike Mame and their hulking ogre leader Iwa. Momo also learns that her visit to the island is in some way connected to her father's mysterious letter. Written by Anonymous

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21 April 2012 (Japan)  »

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A Letter to Momo  »

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Momo Miyaura: [last words to her father] You're selfish, and you're a liar. I don't care if you come back.
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Similar in style to Omohide Poro Poro but not even close to its standard
17 November 2012 | by See all my reviews

The fluid movements, personalities and the weird smiles from the characters of Momo e no Tegami really reminded me of my all-time favourite Ghibli 'Omohide Poro Poro'. However it is not on the same level.

Storyline is simple and effective, but for a 2-hour-long movie it is overly filled with comical moments that sometimes did not fit well into the bigger picture and eventually I became frustrated. Also, the characters are just too plain simple...this was the same in Omohide Poro Poro but at that time it made sense with the setting as the main character in the latter (a city girl) was on temporary holiday in a village. It failed here as the main characters here were permanently relocated from Tokyo to a village, but they did not behave as city folks from the start (especially the daughter who should be more spoilt than portrayed) and the process of blending in seemed too premature and quick.

Character development is lacking and below my expectations. In fact it seemed to me the non-human characters were more interesting though I still doubt if their portrayal is as realistic as they could have been.


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