On March 2nd, the new Kenji Kamiyama (Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex)-directed anime film Ancien and the Magic Tablet will screen, with English subtitles, Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival 2017 held in Sapporo. Then, after opening in Japanese theaters on March 18th, on the 19th, on the closing day of the New York International Children’s Film Festival (Your Name. and earlier Hayao Miyazaki Panda! Go Panda! are also in the programming), it will be playing in the US. Nippon TV’s program catalog has now posted a listing of the feature with English info.
Running time： 115 min
Screen Size： 1:1.85
Japanese Theatrical Release： March 18th, 2017
Cast： Mitsuki Takahata
Staff： Written & Directed by Kenji Kamiyama
Music by Yoko Shimomura
Why am I snoozing all the time?
I keep having this dream…
Kokone Morikawa lives with her father in Okayama Prefecture. She’s a typical high school senior with no special talents except one: she can fall asleep anytime, anywhere. Recently she’s been having a series of strange dreams. Her father Momotaro, a gruff man of few words, doesn’t seem to pay much attention to his daughter; he spends most of his time repairing and modifying cars.
The year is 2020, three days before the opening of the Tokyo Olympics. Without warning, Momotaro is arrested and taken to far-off Tokyo for questioning. He’s a misfit, but Kokone can’t believe that he would really do anything bad. With help from college student and childhood friend Morio, Kokone is determined to make her way to Tokyo and free her father, as well as unravel the mystery of her dreams. Along the way, she discovers that those dreams are the key to facing her challenges in the real world.
Kokone uses her only talent–napping–to embark on a mysterious journey that straddles dreams and reality. And waiting for her at the end of her adventure is a small but precious truth…
Director/Screenplay Writer: Kenji Kamiyama
Original Character Designer: Satoko Morikawa (The Cat Returns)
“Hearts” Designer: Shigeto Koyama (Big Hero 6)
Animation Director: Atsuko Sasaki (Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet, Eden of The East)
Anime Production: Signal-MD (Tantei Team KZ Jiken Note)
Distributor: Warner Brothers Japan
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