My third and last day at HIFF I watched both Mirai and Modest Heroes: Ponoc Shorts Films Theatre, Vol. 1. They are both Japanese animated films, so it makes sense to watch them back to back. I am a huge fan of animation, so these were the two screenings I was looking forward to. I usually watch the American animation, but there are some Japanese animations that are loved by all cultures. Animating is a skill I would love to learn one day, so I can bring my drawings to life.
The first film I watched was Mirai and I think that this was the best film out of all the ones I watched at HIFF.
It was a story about an only child, Kun, trying to accept his newborn sister, Mirai, along with the rest of his family. Things become magical when Kun finds out their garden can travel him to various times of his family. He met an older version of his sister, a younger version of his mother, and as well as his great-grandpa.
The flow of each dreamscape tied very well with what was happening in real time. Each person in this magical place was portrayed perfectly especially the dog, Yukko. Yukko as a human was one of my favorite parts of this film.
In the end, Kun learned to adapt to his sister and the rest of the family. The only problem I have with the film is that future Kun still sounded like a jerk. I’m not sure if that’s him being a teenager or his attitude in the future because I think his over-energetic personality disappeared.
A few hours after watching Mirai, I watched the Ponoc short films. These shorts were just as good as Mirai, but Mirai won purely to quantity and quality.
There were three films and I loved the first two. The last one had made me very confused that I didn’t enjoy it as much. The first one was my favorite and I could see that whole short becoming a movie. The world of intriguing and the characters were unique. The father in was my favorite character in that film and the animals and environment were very realistic. If they made more of that I would watch it.
I liked the second only because I could relate. I am allergic to peanut butter, nuts, shrimp, and beans. A lot of things. My reactions aren’t as severe, but knowing that you can’t enjoy these foods and that you always have to be extra cautious with what you eat sucks. Overall, each short provided a nice story with amazing animations.