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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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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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Country:

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Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

21 April 2012 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

A Letter to Momo See more »

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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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A Lovely Gentle Film from Japan
2 August 2012 | by alisonc-1See all my reviews

Young Momo Miyaura (voice of Karen Miyama) and her mother Ikuko (voice of Yuka) leave Tokyo and move to a remote Japanese island following the accidental death of Momo's father. Aside from feeling outcast and out of place, Momo also feels guilty because her last conversation with her father was an angry outburst; he started to write a letter to her, but after, "Dear Momo," no other words were written on the page. Once in the small fishing village, the children of the town, especially Koichi (voice of Takeo Ogawa) and his little sister, try to include Momo in their activities, but she isn't ready to deal with other people yet. Her mother is off on training courses or in the orchards all day, leaving Momo feeling even more alone. But then she starts to hear three voices in the house when she's apparently alone; these turn out to be three former gods turned goblins, including the Ogre with a huge rectangular mouth Iwa (voice of Toshiyuki Nishida), the frog-like and flatulent Kawa (voice of Koichi Tamadera) and tiny, childlike Mame (voice of Cho). Unlike most humans, Momo can see and interact with these beings, and although they get off to a rocky start, soon enough they find that they need and care for each other, in more ways than one. How the goblins help Momo resolve her feelings about her father's death, her mother's distance and her complete change of environment is all part of the charming and gentle "A Letter to Momo." This lovely film was written and directed by Hiroyuki Okiura, who devoted seven years to crafting this film, using the skills of artists to create an almost entirely hand-drawn, 2-hour animated film. The scenic landscapes are, as usual in Japanese animation, beautifully rendered, and the characters are all lovingly drawn with great attention to detail. I'm not very familiar with Japanese mythology, but the three goblins, in particular the rectangular-mouthed Iwa, looked familiar to me, suggesting that they might have more resonance with a Japanese audience than a North American one. Regardless of the depth of knowledge of the audience member, almost everyone is sure to be entertained, and touched at times, by this lovely fable.


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