North American Premiere

Okko’s Inn

A film by Kitarō Kōsaka

NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
Kitaro Kosaka, Japan, 2018, 94 min.
In Japanese with English subtitles
Recommended for ages 7 and up

Saturday, October 20, 1:30pm
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After losing her parents in a car accident, Okko goes to live in the countryside with her grandmother, who runs a traditional Japanese inn built on top of an ancient spring said to have healing waters. While she goes about her chores and prepares to become the inn’s next caretaker, Okko discovers there are ghosts who live there that only she can see – not scary ghosts, but playful child ghosts who keep her company and help her feel less lonely. A sign outside says the spring welcomes all and will reject none, and this is soon put to the test as a string of new guests challenge Okko’s ability to be a gracious host. But ultimately Okko discovers that dedicating herself to the happiness of others becomes the key to taking care of herself. The latest feature from famed animation house Madhouse (home to Satoshi Kon and the early Mamoru Hosoda) is a beguilingly simple children’s tale that sneaks up on you with a deepfelt message of hope and acceptance.

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Meet Your Maker

Kitarô Kôsaka

Okko’s Inn Born in 1962. Kosaka starts his career as an animator at Oh! Productions. After leaving the company on 1986, he has worked on many titles as the animation director and key animator for Studio Ghibli, such as Spirited Away, Grave of the Fireflies and Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind to name […]

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