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Japan · 2018
Rated PG · 1h 38m
Director Mamoru Hosoda
Starring Moka Kamishiraishi, Haru Kuroki, Gen Hoshino, Kumiko Aso
Genre Adventure, Animation, Family, Fantasy

4-year-old Kun feels neglected upon the arrival of his newborn sister, Mirai. While attempting to run away from home, he discovers a mysterious garden that transports him through time. There, he is accompanied by an older Mirai. Together, they observe their family's past and future, which opens up Kun’s perspective on the world.

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The New York Times by Bilge Ebiri

Fluctuating between the minor daily occurrences of Kun’s life and his touching sojourns into the past and the future, Hosoda’s film privileges moments of emotion over belabored story mechanics. Thus, it gathers complexity without sacrificing any of its guileless modesty.


Empire by David Parkinson

Tempering its flights of fancy with moments of whimsical humour and kid’s-eye realism, this thoughtful treatise on growing pains reveals a realist side of Japanimation that’s all too rarely seen.


Los Angeles Times by Kenneth Turan

Master Japanese animator Mamoru Hosoda makes family films, but not in the way you think. It’s not that his films are suitable for all ages, though they mostly are. And it’s not even that the family unit is central to his work, though it is. Rather it’s that Hosoda’s films stretch the boundaries of both style and content within the family film rubric.


Austin Chronicle by Marc Savlov

An anime version of "Mr. Mom" this is not. Director Hosoda’s clear-eyed story allows for comic moments of fatherly ineptitude but focuses just as often on the marital and familial stress this sudden role reversal causes.


Slant Magazine by Pat Brown

The fabric of the fantasy world depicted in the film lacks the cohesion of its central theme about appreciating one’s place in a family tree.


Variety by Peter Debruge

It’s the work of a true auteur (in what feels like his most personal film yet) presented as innocuous family entertainment.


Rolling Stone by Peter Travers

Mirai casts a spell that works on children and adults alike, but in different ways. Its creator’s artistry and empathy are the connecting links. It may be the animator’s smallest film, but it stands tall. You’ll be enchanted.


The Guardian by Phil Hoad

Hosoda’s delicate, painterly style is perfect for capturing Kun’s evanescent imaginary haven – and conveying the message about the moral courage needed to leave it.


Screen International by Wendy Ide

The latest anime from Mamoru Hosoda (The Girl Who Leapt Through Time) is a beguilingly sweet-natured little gem. The film balances spiralling flights of fancy with glinting observations on parenting and family dynamics.

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