According to Variety, director Mamoru Hosoda’s (The Boy and The Beast, Wolf Children, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time) next film will release in 2018. The film is currently under the working title of Mirai (“future” in Japanese) and will debut at the Cannes Film Festival with an international agency called Charades.
Mirai is a fantasy-infused family drama about a four-year-old boy who, struggling to come to terms with his new baby sister, stumbles into a time-travelling gateway in his backyard, travelling back in time to when his mother was a young girl. During his journey, he learns to appreciate his new sister and become the older brother he's supposed to be.
“There is a common thread in the themes of my films,” Hosoda told Variety. “‘The Girl Who Leapt Through Time’ was about youth, ‘Summer Wars’ was about family, ‘Wolf Children’ [was] about motherhood, ‘The Boy and The Beast' was about the father, and my new film is about the relationship between brothers and sisters. Mirai is about a boy who is trying to reclaim the love of his parents.”
Hosoda sees his work as personal and is inspired by his own experience with his father, and as a father of two children.
“I always strive to make films that have a universal dimension in the choice of subjects and even the dialogue,” he told Variety. “I never had the opportunity to have a drink or a meal with my father. He was hardly ever at home and as a father his existence was ambiguous.”
Mamoru Hosoda is an auteur of Japanese animation; a charming animation style, grounded fantasy and stories that play with themes of family and relationships. His latest film, The Boy and The Beast, earned $49 million at the Japanese box office. He’s often been compared to Hayao Miyazaki of Studio Ghibli fame (Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, Howl’s Moving Castle) and a special screening of his work was shown at Tokyo’s International Film Festival last year.
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