Review Film: ‘Mirai’ (2018)





” Whoever watches it will get eye freshness and peace of mind “

Mirai  (or in its original title Mirai No Mirai) is probably the most adorable movie of the year. This film is constantly successfully giving a big smile on my cute face . Reliable animation director from Japan, Mamoru Hosoda again gives a family film wrapped in fantasy that guarantees anyone who watches it get fresh eyes and soul peace.

All Hosoda films are simple family dramas wrapped in fantasy anime packages. But Mirai is the smallest film. In comparison, we have to jump back to 2006 through the film The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, which tastes the most domestic of all Hosoda films, and Mirai is far more domestic than that. The story only revolves around one small, simple family.

But since this is a Hosoda film, naturally it is natural that a miracle will occur and time will be deflected. Maybe this is because we only see from the point of view of the main character who is a 4 year old boy. For children that age, the family is indeed the whole universe. His name is Kun (voiced by Moka Kamishiraishi). As an only child, Kun felt he was the center of the universe; the only people who are looked after by his father and mother (Gen Hoshino and Kumiko Aso). Until then Kun came the arrival of a younger brother named Mirai. Combined it hurts, brothers and sisters. Kun tried caper by fighting with toys, crying, screaming, screaming while crying, but father and mother paid more attention to Mirai. Especially when the mother has to return to work. The father must carry out double obligations; work at home (by the way, dad is an architect) and takes care of two children. Kun is getting ignored.

So, Mirai means enemy. And throwing enemies with toys is not taboo. Really, this looks like any young family with fussy children. Errata, all young families of children must be fussy anyway. In his earlier, more ambitious film, Hosoda was shown to have the skill to provide spectacular action sequences. And in this film, he is amazingly successful at bringing simple and intimate family dynamics. We can feel how warm this little family is.

Well, the magic that I said was here: in the middle of the house, there is a park that can bring Kun to adventure across time and space. Here Kun meets several people from different times. The first is his dog, Yukko (Mitsuo Yoshihara) who apparently can turn into a human. Next, a middle school kid who turns out to be Mirai from the future (Haru Kuroki). Then, a mysterious macho man (Masaharu Fukuyama) invites Kun to ride a horse and motorcycle. And a girl of Kun’s age who likes to run away from home. It was not explained whether this was really an event or just Kun’s imagination. Hosoda packed it in a dreamy sequence. It does not feel like something that can be imagined by real children at that age. But the point is that through this encounter Kun learned about growing up from various generations in his family. There was an amazing scene at the climax where Kun was lost at a giant station. He managed to meet with the station’s robot officer, but threatened to be taken to the Land of Solitude because he could not remember any of his family members’ names. Hosoda, who this time produces films only with his own studio, Studio Chizu fills Mirai with very very adorable details. The animation is bright, sharp and beautiful. Every detail of the character’s movements is highly considered, and the behavior of the children in this film really feels natural. The house of this family is a separate character that is strongly bound by Kun, and it is depicted with clear geography. This minimalist modern house feels very warm, making us feel at home for a long time there. Although the story is based on children’s eyes, I don’t know whether Mirai will really appeal to them in terms of essence. Of course, children will enjoy the funny pictures and animations, but the warm message about the family may not be captured completely. I feel that this film is more of a throwback to former children who want to reminisce with childhood. He reminds us again of how valuable the family is in a simple but very touching way.

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