Review: 星を追う子ども (Hoshi o Ou Kodomo/Children Who Chase Lost Voices from Deep Below)


Year: 2011
Director: Shinkai Makoto
Screenplay/Story: Shinkai Makoto
Animation and Character Design: Nishimura Takayo
Art Director: Tanji Takumi
Music:
Tenmon
Runtime: 116 min
Trailer: on YouTube (not subtitled) and Teaser Trailer, followed by snippets of other Shinkai films (not subtitled) – watch the latter if you want to get a first sense of Shinkai’s visual feel.
Film’s official website: 星を追う子ども (in Japanese)
Seen at a screening at Vue West as part of the BFI Film Festival.
Hoshi o Ou Kodomo (literally Children Who Chase Stars) is Shinkai Makoto’s most Studio Ghibli-like work. This isn’t exactly praise, because Shinkai’s talent lies in something quite different than what enchants us with Miyazaki and other Studio Ghibli directors. Continue reading “Review: 星を追う子ども (Hoshi o Ou Kodomo/Children Who Chase Lost Voices from Deep Below)”