Kenji Kamiyama dream fantasy opens in UK and Ireland cinemas on August 16
Anime Limited is streaming a new trailer for Kenji Kamiyama's Napping Princess, aka Ancien and the Magic Tablet (Hirune Hime: Shiranai Watashi no Monogatari). The film will be released in UK and Ireland cinemas from Wednesday August 16, with venues and booking links on this website. The screenings will be in Japanese with Englist subtittles
The New York International Children's Film Festival describes the story:
This fender and genre-bending film takes us into the not-too-distant machine-driven future. Kokone should be diligently studying for her university entrance exams, but she just can't seem to stay awake. Aside from stealing precious study time, her napping is even more distracting, as it brings on strange dreams with warring machines that hint at family secrets that have been dormant for years. She can't ask her father, a hipster mechanic more talented and artful than his job requires, as he's always busy modifying motorcycles and cars in flights of fancy. What are these visions that lead Kokone at once closer to and farther away from her family? Like all the best anime, the film revels in multilayered fantasy to show how sometimes opposites—waking and dreaming, the past and the future—are far more intertwined than they appear.I.G Port's new anime studio subsidiary Signal.MD (Tantei Team KZ Jiken Note, Anime Tamago's "Colorful Ninja Iromaki" short) animated the film as its first anime film project. Kamiyama (Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, Moribito - Guardian of the Spirit, Eden of The East) directed the film and penned the script. Satoko Morikawa (The Cat Returns, Eden of The East, Xi AVANT) designed the characters, and Shigeto Koyama (Michiko & Hatchin, Moribito - Guardian of the Spirit, Heroman) was charge of mechanical design. Yoko Shimomura (Kingdom Hearts, Final Fantasy XV) composed the music for the film.