At the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, Japanese animation film director Mamoru Hosoda has announced that he is working on his next film project, Mirai. The film itself will be releasing in theatres across Japan in May 2018.
Here is the film’s synopsis:
Mirai follows a 4-year old boy who is struggling to cope with the arrival of a little sister in the family, until things turn magical. A mysterious garden in the backyard of the boy’s home becomes a gateway allowing the child to travel back in time and encounter his mother as a little girl and his great-grandfather as a young man. These fantasy-filled adventures allow the child to change his perspective and help him become the big brother he was meant to be.
Hosoda will be directing the film and will once again produce the film with his studio, Studio Chizu (Wolf Children, Bakemono no Ko). He also wrote the movie’s screenplay, but did get some help from opinions and experiences of fellow producers.
In a recent interview, Hosoda describes his film being about siblings. His previous films all revolved around a particular theme, with The Girl Who Leapt Through Time featuring youth, Wolf Children featuring family, and Bakemono no Ko focusing on fatherhood.
Mirai draws inspiration from Hosoda being a father, where the main character is named Mirai, which is also his daughter’s name. The film’s main conflict will echo his experiences of being the eldest child, with how the newest sibling made him ferociously jealous. It will focus more closely to human drama than Hosoda’s two most recent films.
Mamoru Hosoda is a well known anime director who have directed many well known anime films. His first major work was with Toei Animation (Dragon Ball Z, One Piece) for the production of the Digimon series, where he directed the two Digimon films: Our War Game and Hurricane Touchdown. He also directed the 2005 One Piece film Omatsuri Danshaku to Himitsu no Shima. He later left the studio to work with Madhouse (Hunter x Hunter, No Game No Life) where he created and directed his first original film in 2006, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time. He also directed the 2009 film Summer Wars before leaving Madhouse to form his own studio, Studio Chizu. Their first production is Hosoda’s 2012 original film Wolf Children, which won the 2013 Japan Academy Prize for Animation of the Year, and was followed by 2015’s Bakemono no Ko (The Boy and The Beast).
Mamoru Hosoda’s next film will be Mirai, which is currently set to release in Japan in May 2018. Further information about the film will release in the upcoming months.