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A Letter to Momo

Momo is an 11-year-old girl who grew up in a big city.
However, following the premature loss of her father, she has to move with her mother to the old family house on a remote island. Here, time seems to have stopped: old wooden buildings, holy shrines surrounded by trees, terraced fields painstakingly carved out from steep hills... and no shopping mall.
Needless to say, Momo is not overly enthusiastic about her new habitat.
Most of all, her heart is still feeling uneasy about an unfinished letter her father left behind. A letter that contained only two words: “Dear Momo.”

What was dad going to say?

One day, exploring the attic of her new big house, Momo finds an antique book. And from that moment, strange happenings start occurring all around her...

  • Hiroyuki Okiura
  • Hiroyuki Okiura
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    July 1, 2019
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Director Biography - Hiroyuki Okiura

Born in 1966 in Katano, Osaka Prefecture, Okiura is considered a natural talent in the world of animation, having started his professional career at the age of 16 with no academic background. His credits as animator include some of the most visually stunning animated feature films produced in Japan: Akira (1988, key animator), Patlabor: The Movie (1989, key animator), Patlabor 2: The Movie (1993, additional animation supervisor), Memories (1995, key animator), Ghost in the Shell (1995, character design, animation supervisor, layout artist), Cowboy Bebob The Movie: Knockin' on Heaven's Door (2001, opening credit sequence director and key animator) and the Palme d’Or-nominated Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence (2004, character designer, animation supervisor). Okiura made his feature film directorial debut in 1999 with Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade, based on the script by Mamoru Oshii. The movie was selected for the 49th Berlin International Film Festival and won several recognitions in Japan and the world. A Letter to Momo is his highly anticipated second directorial effort after more than a decade-long hiatus, and has won many prizes around the world, including the Grand Prize for Best Feature Film at the 15th New York International Children’s Film Festival, and Best Animated Feature Film at APSAs 2012.

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