Part of the 2019 season: People Still Call It Love

Penguin Highway

Director Hiroyasu Ishida

Cast: Kana Kita, Yû Aoi, Miki Fukui

(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!

森見登美彦の同名ファンタジー小説をアニメ化。夏休み間近の郊外の町に、海もないのに突然ペンギンが出没し始めた。真面目で好奇心の強い小学4年生のアオヤマ君は、その謎を突き止めようと調査を開始。やがて歯科医院の「お姉さん」が何かを知っていると睨む。(Japanese synopsis by Eikoku News Digest)

2018/118 min/English Subtitles

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