Children Who Chase Lost Voices…

Director Makoto Shinkai knows how to extract an intimate detail, and resonate its relevance through every aspect of the story. A trend that continues in his beautifully-crafted 2011 feature Children Who Chase Lost Voices From Deep Below (Hoshi o Ou Kodomo). The synopsis can be read as follows (via BFI):

“Young Asuna spends much of her time outdoors accompanied by Mimi, her cat. An encounter with a large, sharp-toothed bear-creature also brings her into contact with a brave young man who appears to have superhuman powers. He introduces himself as Shun, a warrior from Agartha, an underground land where the beasts (or Quetzalcoatl) guard the entrance to prevent ‘topsiders’ like Asuna from entering. There are people who believe that this world has properties that will bring people back from the dead, and this puts Shun and his people in danger from a ruthless group of soldiers intent on gaining access to Agartha at any cost. This thought-provoking and beautifully made animated picture tenderly deals with the part in all of us that wishes we could have had that last opportunity to say goodbye to someone we’ve lost. Although breathtakingly original, the film has elements of the best of both Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away. Existing fans of Makoto Shinkai’s work are going to be delighted, and its universal appeal is going to win him a whole new audience in the process.”

The trailer can be streamed down below (sorry, there might be ads):

Children Who Chase Lost Voices From Deep Below (Hoshi o Ou Kodomo)