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A Letter to Momo

  • Starring: Karen Miyama, Yuka, Daizaburo Arakawa
  • Directors: Hiroyuki Okiura
  • Genre(s): Animation, Drama
  • Language: Japanese (w/ subtitles)
  • Rating: PG
  • Running Time: 120 min.

Clinging to an unfinished letter written by her recently deceased father, young Momo moves with her mother from bustling Tokyo to the remote Japanese island of Shio. Upon their arrival, she begins to explore her new habitat, meeting local children and learning their routines and customs.

"A milestone in traditional handmade animation... this wonderful craftsmanship shines on screen, the result being a film truly beautiful to watch. "
- Guillem Rosset, Twitch
"Hiroyuki Okiura, who also wrote the script, manages the transition from light to serious with the craft and assurance of a true storyteller, while firmly grounding his human and nonhuman characters in their Seto Inland Sea setting, from the narrow portside streets to the gloriously expansive view from the island's highest point. All such scenes are painstakingly hand-drawn with an attention to detail befitting the best of Japanese animation. "
- Mark Schilling, Japan Times