Penguin Highway

(Penguin Highway, ペンギン・ハイウェイ) 

10 year old Aoyama (Kana Kita) is serious beyond his years. An enthusiastic scientist, he spends his childhood days absorbed in notebooks full of observations and theories, while dodging his bullies’ comments with sharp wit. All the while he counts down the days until adulthood (just under four thousand to be more exact) when he’ll finally be able to marry his crush – a young dental hygienist referred to only as Onee-san, or ‘Miss’ (Yu Aoi). Aoyama’s world is abruptly changed when his sleepy little town experiences a puzzling influx of a colony of penguins – despite it being the middle of summer and nowhere close to the sea! Armed with his inquisitive mind, Aoyama enlists his friends in a mission to investigate this phenomenon, which serendipitously seems connected to the charming ‘Miss’.

This debut anime feature from Hiroyasu Ishida is a highly imaginative rendition of Tomihiko Morimi’s 2010 novel of the same title which has been recognised with a Nihon Science Fiction Taisho Award. Mysterious tale bound to capture the hearts of young and old!

2018/118 min/English Subtitles

Director: Hiroyasu Ishida

Cast: Kana Kita, Yû Aoi, Miki Fukui

Showing at:

ICA
9 February 2019

QUAD
10 February 2019

Showroom Cinema
21 February 2019

Queen's Film Theatre
23 February 2019

Depot
23 February 2019

Phoenix Leicester
24 February 2019

Dundee Contemporary Arts
27 February 2019

Firstsite
9 March 2019

Brewery Arts Centre
14 March 2019

Broadway
23 March 2019

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