GKIDS has released the English-subbed trailer for Mamoru Hosoda’s Mirai, which will have limited engagement screenings via Fathom on November 29, and December 5 and 8, as well as open in select cities beginning November 30, starting with Los Angeles and New York.

Hosoda’s feature is a key contender in this year’s Oscar race for best animated feature and has a real shot of being the first non-Ghibli animated feature from Japan to compete in the category.

Directed and written by Hosoda (Summer Wars, The Boy and the Beast, Wolf Children) and produced by Studio Chizu, the film was released in Japan earlier this year, and currently stands as the 15th-highest grossing film of the year in its home country. It world premiered at the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight, and has since played the BFI London Film Festival, Annecy, and the Animation is Film Festival.

The film follows the story of four-year-old Kun whose world is turned upside down when he meets his new baby sister named Mirai (meaning “future”). The baby quickly wins the hearts of Kun’s entire family, and a jealous Kun storms off into the garden, where he encounters strange guests from the past and future – including his sister Mirai, as a teenager. Together, Kun and teenage Mirai go on a journey through time and space, uncovering their family’s incredible story.

The English voice cast stars John Cho (Star Trek, Searching) as the father, Rebecca Hall (The Town, Christine) as the mother, and Daniel Dae Kim (Lost, Hawaii Five-0, The Good Doctor) as the great-grandfather.

Stay tuned to Cartoon Brew for an upcoming interview with Hosoda about the film.


Amid Amidi

Amid Amidi is Cartoon Brew's Publisher and Editor-at-large.

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