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A Letter to Momo (2011)

Momo e no tegami (original title)
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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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Hiroyuki Okiura

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Hiroyuki Okiura (screenplay), Joe Deasy (english script) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Karen Miyama Karen Miyama ... Momo Miyaura (voice)
Yuka Yuka ... Ikuko Miyaura (voice)
Daizaburo Arakawa Daizaburo Arakawa ... Kazuo Miyaura (voice)
Toshiyuki Nishida Toshiyuki Nishida ... Iwa (voice)
Kôichi Yamadera ... Kawa (voice)
Chô Chô ... Mame (voice) (as Cho)
Yoshisada Sakaguchi ... Great Uncle (voice)
Ikuko Tani Ikuko Tani ... Great Auntie (voice)
Takeo Ogawa Takeo Ogawa ... Koichi (voice)
Kota Fuji Kota Fuji ... Yota (voice)
Katsuki Hashimoto Katsuki Hashimoto ... Umi (voice)
Amanda Pace Amanda Pace ... Momo Miyaura (voice)
Stephanie Sheh ... Ikuko Miyaura (voice)
Kirk Thornton ... Kazuo Miyaura (voice)
Fred Tatasciore ... 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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An unfinished letter from her father is left behind. See more »


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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

21 April 2012 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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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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Terrific
10 April 2015 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

When this film begins, it looks like another high quality film from Studio Ghibli (Miyazaki's studio) but it isn't, it's from Bandai-- the folks who make many anime series television programs. I didn't realize that they also did full-length films--but after seeing the quality of this movie, I sure would like to see more from these folks.

The film is about a girl named Momo (Japanese for 'Peach'). She and her mother move out to the country from Tokyo after Momo's father's death. Momo hates living there and wants to be back in Tokyo. She also has trouble getting to know the local kids, as she is rather shy. However, over time, three unexpected friends help her out during this time of need--three goblins who are scary looking but who are really quite nice. The problem is that she alone sees them- -and at first she's scared half to death and you cannot blame her! Eventually, however, the four make peace and the rest of the plot is just something you'll need to see for yourself.

So is it any good? Well, as I mentioned above the quality of the production is very nice--really nice animation, lovely music and some cute characters. The story is also lovely--a bit less strange than some of the Miyazaki films (such as "Spirited Away") and it has a very strong Shinto message involving the dead father trying to contact his daughter from the great beyond. Some religious folks might object to this message, but it is very sweet and very Japanese--so what do you expect from a cartoon from Japan?! Well worth seeing...and one that actually might be good to see with a box of Kleenex nearby.

By the way, the DVD I watched was the American version. Often, things are changed or mistranslated in the process and I assume there are some difference between the original and this version. I don't think they would have called these creatures goblins in Japan- -perhaps spirits or demons. Regardless, I just want you to know that my review is based on the Americanized version. Usually, I prefer to see subtitled and original products, not ones redone for local consumption but I oddly had problems getting the DVD to play the Japanese version (which was on the same disc but just wouldn't work on my DVD player).


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