Once Upon a Time in Japan
Reinventing the Past Through the Eyes of Japanese Contemporary Filmmakers
1 February to 27 March 2013
Mai Mai Miracle
(Mai Mai Shinko to sennen no maho)
Inspired by her grandfather’s stories, young Shinko journeys into the past through her time-travelling imagination.
Showing at: ICA, London; Showroom Workstation, Sheffield; Queen’s Film Theatre, Belfast; Filmhouse, Edinburgh; Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle upon Tyne; Watershed, Bristol; Broadway, Nottingham.
Inspired by her grandfather’s stories, nine-year-old Shinko journeys into the past through her magical method of time travel: conjured entirely by her vivid imaginings of the past. Upon making a new friend with the upper class Kiiko, they quickly discover they both have a fascination with history and what happened in the past, and transport back to the town a thousand years before, almost as if their dreams could become a reality.
Adapted from Nobuko Takagi’s famous novel, Mai Mai Miracle is a beautifully animated nostalgic tale of friendship in post-war Japan. A former assistant of the great Hayao Miyazaki, director Sunao Katabuchi recreates 1950s south western Japan in its full-animated glory, inviting the audience to embark on a miraculous journey into the past with young Shinko.
Director: Sunao Katabuchi
Mayuko Fukuda, Nako Mizusawa, Ei Morisako
Image © 2009 Nobuko Takagi/MAGAZINE HOUSE/