Multi award-winning anime director Makoto Shinkai is jetting into Dublin on July 2 for a special screening of his new film ‘Children Who Chase Lost Voices From Deep Below’, followed by a Q&A session at the Light House Cinema.
Japanese Shinkai is considered one of the best animators in the world. He began his career designing video games after studying Japanese literature, and went on to release his first short film ‘She and Her Cat’ in 1999, which won the grand prize at the 2000 DoGa CG Animation Awards.
Since then, he has picked up the New Tokyo International Animation Festival Grand Prize, the Japanese Media Art Award for Digital Media, and the grand prize at the Lancia Platinum awards, plus many more.
His film credits include ‘Voices of a Distant Star’, ‘The Place Promised in Our Early Days’ and ‘5 Centimeters Per Second’. His latest offering, ‘Children Who Chase Lost Voices From Deep Below’, is a coming-of-age story of a young girl called Asuna, who befriends a warrior from an underground land named Shun. Shun and his people are in danger from outsiders that believe his land can bring people back from the dead. It as released in 2011 to rave reviews.
Eager anime fans can see the Irish premiere next Monday (July 2) at 7pm at the Light House Cinema in Dublin. It will be preceded by a screening of Shinkai’s celebrated short ‘She and Her Cat’, followed by a Q&A with the influential director himself.
Tara Brady of The Irish Times will facilitate the Q&A session. Access Cinema, in collaboration with the Embassy of Japan in Ireland and the Japanese Film Festival are welcoming Shinkai to the country.
For more information visit the Japanese Film Festival’s Facebook page.