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The House of Small Cubes (2008)

Tsumiki no ie (original title)
To save his house from rising flood waters, an old man uses bricks to build it higher, then he relives events from his past while searching for his dropped pipe.


Kunio Kato
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Masami Nagasawa ... Narrator


As his town is flooded by water, an old man is forced to add additional levels onto his home with bricks (cubes) in order to stay dry. But when he accidentally drops his favorite smoking pipe into the lower levels of his home, his search for the pipe eventually makes him relive scenes from his eventful life. Written by btop

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The original Japanese title translated literally to English means "the house in little cubes." See more »

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The Japanese DVD release includes a version with Japanese titles as well as narration by Masami Nagasawa. See more »

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A beautiful reminder
15 September 2018 | by NerdBatSee all my reviews

Its clear in the animation that the point of the story isn't the fact that the city is flooding. In my view, the water represents the past, what is flooded is buried in memory. As the old man ages he continues to build upwards to escape the water, which in that sense, represents life. When he drops the pipe, he goes into the water after it. By doing so, he has delved into the past. His pipe represents a sentimental emotion, and by going after it, relives his life from childhood into his present elderly state. The ending will represent, or at least it did to me, the fact that experiencing those emotions again has made him miss his (apparently) deceased wife, and is lonely. His child has reached adulthood and started a life of her own, so what now does he have left? To continue building (living) until he reaches the limit, and ultimately death, which is when there is no higher he can build up.

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Release Date:

14 July 2011 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

La maison en petits cubes See more »

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Robot Communications See more »
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1.78 : 1
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