8.3/10
10,149
17 user 20 critic

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.

Director:

Kunio Kato
Reviews
Won 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

Photos

Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Masami Nagasawa ... Narrator
Learn more

More Like This 

Paperman (2012)
Animation | Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

An office worker meets the girl of his dreams and uses a fleet of paper airplanes to get her attention.

Director: John Kahrs
Stars: John Kahrs, Kari Wahlgren, Jack Goldenberg
Presto (2008)
Animation | Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

A stage magician's rabbit gets into a magical onstage brawl against his neglectful guardian with two magic hats.

Director: Doug Sweetland
Stars: Doug Sweetland
Animation | Short | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

After a hurricane levels his city, a young man wanders into a mysterious library where books literally come to life.

Directors: William Joyce, Brandon Oldenburg
Feast I (2014)
Animation | Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

The love life of a man as told through the meals he gives his adopted dog, Winston.

Director: Patrick Osborne
Stars: Stephen Apostolina, Kirk Baily, Ben Bledsoe
Animation | Short | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

An old, lonesome bear tells the story of his life through a mechanical diorama.

Director: Gabriel Osorio Vargas
Mr Hublot (2013)
Animation | Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Mr Hublot is a withdrawn, idiosyncratic character with OCD, scared of change and the outside world. Robot Pet's arrival turns his life upside down: he has to share his home with this very invasive companion.

Directors: Alexandre Espigares, Laurent Witz
Vincent (1982)
Animation | Short | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

Young Vincent Malloy dreams of being just like Vincent Price and loses himself in macabre daydreams which annoys his mother.

Director: Tim Burton
Stars: Vincent Price
Rain Town (Video 2011)
Animation | Short | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A little girl and an old robot form a beautiful friendship in an abandoned town where the rain never stops.

Director: Hiroyasu Ishida
La Luna (2011)
Animation | Short | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A young boy helps his father and grandfather harvest stars from the moon.

Director: Enrico Casarosa
Stars: Tony Fucile, Krista Sheffler, Phil Sheridan
Geri's Game (1997)
Animation | Short | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Geri sets up a chess game to play his greatest opponent - himself.

Director: Jan Pinkava
Stars: Bob Peterson
For the Birds (2000)
Animation | Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A group of snooty birds roosting on a telephone wire get their just deserts when a goofy bird drops in.

Director: Ralph Eggleston
Stars: Ralph Eggleston
Partly Cloudy (2009)
Animation | Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Babies both human and beast are created up in the stratosphere, by the clouds themselves. One cloud specializes in "dangerous" babies, creating a challenge for his loyal stork that has to deliver them.

Director: Peter Sohn
Stars: Tony Fucile, Lori Richardson
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Certificate:

See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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

Alternate Versions

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

User Reviews

 
Gorgeous Film About Age and Loneliness
29 April 2019 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

A big man in the late part of his life, lives on the top floor of a multi-story house. He actually fishes through a trap door because water has risen so high that his cube is all that is above it. He drops his pipe and goes down in the water to find it. What he finds on the way down are emanations of his life and loves, wife, children, friends. When he tries to grasp the or touch them they disappear. These lower levels are gone forever, never to be reclaimed. But this is what we all face, if we are lucky. Wonderful memories of times we were happy or times we are sad or times we were scared. The music is so pretty and adds a soft touch to the delicate film.


0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 17 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
Edit

Details

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

14 July 2011 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

La maison en petits cubes See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Robot Communications See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

We've Got Your Streaming Picks Covered

Looking for some great streaming picks? Check out some of the IMDb editors' favorites movies and shows to round out your Watchlist.



Recently Viewed