Screened as part of NZIFF 2018

Mirai 2018

Mirai no Mirai

Directed by Hosoda Mamoru Big Nights

Direct from Cannes, this charming For All Ages anime from Hosoda Mamoru (Wolf Children, The Boy and the Beast) takes a richly imaginative toddler-eye view of a new arrival in the family.

Japan In Japanese with English subtitles
98 minutes DCP



Saito Yuichiro
Ito Takuya
Adachi Yuichi
Kawamura Genki

Animation directors

Aoyama Hiroyuki
Hata Ayako

Artistic directors

Omori Takashi
Takamatsu Yohei


Nishiyama Shigeru


Takagi Masakatsu


Kamishiraishi Moka (Kun)
Kuroki Haru (Mirai)
Hoshino Gen (father)
Aso Kumiko (mother)
Yoshihara Mitsuo (mysterious man)
Miyazaki Yoshiko (grandmother)
Yakusho Koji (grandfather)


Cannes (Directors’ Fortnight)
Annecy 2018


Square Eyes

Some scenes may scare young children. Recommended for 8+

“The complex, sometimes fraught relationship between older and younger siblings is mapped with kindness, imagination and wit in Mirai, from Japanese writer-director Hosoda Mamoru… Inspired by Hosoda’s experience watching his own kids interact, this latest work, rooted more in realism and domesticity despite some flights of fancy, continues the director’s ongoing preoccupation with family dynamics, explored previously with more fantastical settings in The Boy and the Beast and Wolf Children

In an affluent suburb, Kun, a little boy of maybe three or four, lives with his mom and dad in a flowing, modernist house – designed by Kun’s dad himself – that descends room by room down a hill, enclosing a little yard with a single tree… The peace of this harmonious little world is disrupted by the arrival of Mirai, Kun’s new little sister, who, although cute, also makes demands on his parents’ time and attention, much to Kun’s chagrin...

Hosoda has a lovely, light touch and leavens the proceedings with dry, well-observed humor. Likewise, the character design walks the line with grace between big-eyed anime cutesiness and closely observed realism, capturing with insightful wit the way dogs and kids move and wiggle.” — Leslie Felperin, Hollywood Reporter