Children Who Chase Lost Voices From Deep BelowVIEW EVENT DETAILS
New York International Children's Film Festival
in partnership with Asia Society presents
Children Who Chase Lost Voices From Deep Below
JAPAN, MAKOTO SHINKAI, 2011, 116 MIN
RECOMMENDED AGES: 11 TO ADULT (SUBTITLED)
Makoto Shinkai is perhaps the world’s finest animator and his brilliant new feature delivers frame after frame of jaw-dropping photorealistic splendor: skyscapes of unspeakable majesty, a butterfly on a twig, a blade of grass – all are rendered with such astounding delicacy and precision that you mourn their passing once the image has left the screen. The story is a modern-day Orpheus tale with a sci-fi twist that pays tribute to the great works of Hayao Miyazaki – especially Princess Mononoke – with its demonic spirit-gods and magnificent forest creatures.
Asuna spends her afternoons alone in the mountains, using her crystal radio to listen to haunting songs from somewhere far away. One afternoon, a wild bear-like creature attacks and Asuna is saved by Shun, a boy with strange powers who comes from a mythical underworld beneath the Earth that is a gateway to the afterlife. When Asuna returns the next day to find him gone, she decides to leave the world of the living behind and follow him.
Comment: Animated violence and bloodshed, ghostlike creatures, and dark themes may be inappropriate for young or sensitive audiences.
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Films programs at the Asia Society are supported, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts.