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A Letter to Momo (2011)

Momo e no tegami (original title)
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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... See full summary »

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Hiroyuki Okiura

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Hiroyuki Okiura (screenplay), Joe Deasy (english script) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Karen Miyama Karen Miyama ... Momo Miyaura (voice)
Yuka Yuka ... Ikuko Miyaura (voice)
Daizaburo Arakawa Daizaburo Arakawa ... Kazuo Miyaura (voice)
Toshiyuki Nishida Toshiyuki Nishida ... Iwa (voice)
Kôichi Yamadera ... Kawa (voice)
Chô Chô ... Mame (voice) (as Cho)
Yoshisada Sakaguchi ... Great Uncle (voice)
Ikuko Tani Ikuko Tani ... Great Auntie (voice)
Takeo Ogawa Takeo Ogawa ... Koichi (voice)
Kota Fuji Kota Fuji ... Yota (voice)
Katsuki Hashimoto Katsuki Hashimoto ... Umi (voice)
Amanda Pace ... Momo Miyaura (voice)
Stephanie Sheh ... Ikuko Miyaura (voice)
Kirk Thornton ... Kazuo Miyaura (voice)
Fred Tatasciore ... Iwa (voice)
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Storyline

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. However, it's not long before several bizarre occurrences crop up around the previously tranquil island. Orchards are found ransacked, prized trinkets start disappearing and, worst of all, each morning after her mother leaves for work, Momo hears strange mumblings coming from the attic of their home. Annoyed by these creepy goings-on and her mother's refusal to believe them, Momo embarks on a strange and supernatural adventure to discover the source of the mischief, which leads her to a trio of troublesome imps: the flatulent lizard Kawa, the childlike Mame and their hulking ogre leader Iwa. Momo also learns that her visit to the island is in some way connected to her father's mysterious letter. Written by Anonymous

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

21 April 2012 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,596, 27 July 2014

Gross USA:

$71,712

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,748,888
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Momo Miyaura: [last words to her father] You're selfish, and you're a liar. I don't care if you come back.
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Folklore and fantasy
17 February 2018 | by nmegaheySee all my reviews

Anyone who has watched any anime features knows that they are able to serve a very different function from live action films. What films like Spirited Away, Wolf Children or Colorful are able to do that traditional live-action can't do quite as well, is find a way of integrating folklore and fantasy elements into the lives of its young protagonists in a way that helps them describe their distinct view of the world and the problems they face growing up in it.

In A Letter To Momo, a young girl Momo and her mother have sold up their apartment in Tokyo and gone to live near some relatives on Shio Island. Momo's father has just died in a boating accident, and an unfinished letter that opens only with 'Dear Momo...' doesn't bring about the kind of closure the young girl needs. Three drops of rain from the sky however accompany Momo to the island, where they take the form of ghostly goblins from an old picture-book.

Even though the creatures can only be seen by Momo, the trick with anime films of this kind is that the viewer needs to be drawn into Momo's view of the world, not seeing the line between fantasy and reality, letting the message that lies behind it weave a magic spell without being overstated. That of course if the cinematic art of illusion and A Letter To Momo does this particularly well, creating good interaction between the characters, exploring the opportunities for visual effects, and building it all up to towards an epic conclusion that gets message across sensitively, without preaching or speaking down to a younger audience.


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