Adventure Animation

Reel Asian Review: ‘Mirai’

November 14, 2018Britany Murphy

Adjusting to the changes life throws at you can be daunting. However, imagine dealing with life-altering changes when you're only a 4-year-old. This is what Kun experiences, and while it doesn't start off easy, he makes the best of it.

When Kun's parents bring home his new baby sister from the hospital, things in their household drastically change. Unable to cope with the amount of time his mother spends with the baby and his father attempting to balance taking on their mother's roles while she goes back to work after a brief maternity leave, Kun stumbles upon a magical garden where he meets a teenage version of his sister who's come back in time to see him. Together, the duo embark on various adventures that all serve to help Kun come to terms with new changes in his life.

Written and directed by Mamoru Hosoda, Mirai is the perfect blend of realism and adventure. The film tackles difficult subject matter with ease, while perfectly blending in lighthearted moments of humor and spectacular destinations. The result is a story that will speak to all ages, bringing out the child in everyone.

Mirai makes its Toronto premiere at the 2018 Reel Asian Film Festival. Its runtime is 1 hr. 38 min.

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