Romantization: Hoshi o ou kodomo
Director: Makoto Shinkai
Writer: Makoto Shinkai (story)
Stars: Hisako Kanemoto as Asuna Watase
Kazuhiko Inoue as Ryuji Morisaki
Miyu Irino as Shin / Shun
Release Date: 7-May-2011 (Japan)
Runtime: 116 min
A coming of age story involving young love and a mysterious music, coming from a crystal radio left as a memento by an absent father, that leads a young heroine deep into a hidden world.
While doing a run through on google, I thought this movie is a dramatic love story. Not quite. It turned out to be an adventure movie, a good one, actually, with the historical theme I am always crazy about. Makoto Shinkai is known for his “sad” themed movies. This one won’t fail you. But it’s not as sad as 5 Centimeter per Second, who may be known to all enthusiasts as a “heartbreak” movie. Children Who Chase Lost Voices Deep Below has something positive in it: moving on. At the end of the movie, all three characters find their purpose, and face life by moving on after what has happened in their journey.
There may be a lot of confusing characters, and conflicts. To name a few, how come Asuna’s dad have a fragment of the clavis crystal? And, did Asuna have feelings for Shun? If she doensn’t, why will she travel alongside Morisaki-sensei to Finis Terra to bring back the dead? Got what I mean? Those were a few of my unanswered mind questions.
Makoto Shinkai’s works are quite similar to Hayao Miyazaki’s and Studio Ghibli. Only, very sad and quite dark. But these type of endings are the best for me, so I guess I’ll find time to watch more of his works too.
It is “adventure” meets “melodrama”… which may seem as an unlikely pair. This film is definitely worth your time.