A Letter to Momo

Synopsis: Clinging to an unfinished letter written by her recently deceased father, young Momo moves with her mother from bustling Tokyo to the remote Japanese island of Shio. Upon their arrival, she begins to explore her new habitat, meeting local children and learning their routines and customs. However, it's not long before several bizarre occurrences crop up around the previously tranquil island. Orchards are found ransacked, prized trinkets start disappearing and, worst of all, each morning after her mother leaves for work, Momo hears strange mumblings coming from the attic of their home. Annoyed by these creepy goings-on and her mother's refusal to believe them, Momo embarks on a strange and supernatural adventure to discover the source of the mischief, which leads her to a trio of troublesome imps: the flatulent lizard Kawa, the childlike Mame and their hulking ogre leader Iwa. Momo also learns that her visit to the island is in some way connected to her father's mysterious letter.
Director(s): Hiroyuki Okiura
Production: GKIDS
  3 wins & 7 nominations.
 
IMDB:
7.3
Metacritic:
65
Rotten Tomatoes:
80%
NOT RATED
Year:
2011
120 min
Website
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Dear Momo

Seto Inland Sea is wonderful as ever.

It's exactly like I described, right?

There are so many islands.

Yeah.

Sure brings back memories.

You weren't even born on my last visit here.

Right.

Maybe that one over there is Shiojima.

Take a look, Momo.

Just behind the big island.

You can see a glimpse of it in the distance.

Yes.

Welcome to Shiojima

A Letter to Momo

Producers

Ishikawa Mitsuhisa

Ikeda Hiroyuki

Watanabe Shigeru

Hamana Kazuya

Key Animation Supervisor

Andou Masashi

Art Director

Oono Hiroshi

Animation Director

Kusumi Naoko

Color Designer

Mizuta Nobuko

Art Designer

Watabe Takashi

Vehicle Designer

Kawaguchi Toshio

Additional

Animation Supervisor

Inoue Toshiyuki

CG Director

Nishikawa Kazuhiro

Director of

Photography

Tanaka Kouji

Sound Director

Wakabayashi Kazuhiro

Film Editor

Uematsu Junichi

Music

Kubota Mina

Co-Producers

Matsushita Keiko

Mukaichi Motoki

Noguchi Mariko

Okada Arimasa

Written and Directed by

Okiura Hiroyuki

It's exactly as I remembered!

It's old.

That's what's good about it!

Ikuko!

Mom!

It's been so long!

I'm sorry that I haven't made more frequent visits.

I'm glad to see you're doing well.

We old folks live a simple life.

Large items are already in place.

Take your time unpacking the rest.

Oh, I'm sorry.

I only cleaned up a bit.

The movers took care of everything.

But I don't want you to work too hard.

Please leave everything to us.

We'll be staying with you starting today.

She's my daughter, Momo.

Momo?

You're such a big girl!

It's good to see you.

Momo.

Hello.

Hello to you.

Come on right up.

It's your new home.

We will. Thanks.

Which one is our home?

This one.

Grandpa and Grandma live next door.

Oh...

I was surprised to see such a big bridge being built here.

Yes, it's scheduled to open in September.

It'll be pretty convenient.

I don't know whether if it's a good thing or not.

I can only hope the traffic doesn't pollute the island.

Right... I guess so.

So are you feeling better now?

Oh, I'm totally fine now.

Don't worry about me.

Momo,

Ikuko had to live on this island when she was little, for about a year due to asthma.

I'm sure you've heard of it.

You said you wanted to work right away.

What did you do with that condo of yours?

I sold it.

I could've rent it out and made some money,

but I don't care anymore.

I see.

Oh well, it doesn't matter.

Truth be told, we were starting to feel lonely.

The more the merrier.

All our neighbors are very old.

It's always nice to have young people here.

Oh? Do I count as young, too?

Of course!

You've got mail!

Oh, is that you, Iku?

Oh, are you Kou?

I haven't seen you in so long!

I heard you were coming back, so I was looking forward to see you.

Didn't know it was today, though.

What happened to being a businessman?

I quit ages ago!

It just wasn't for me.

I've been doing this ever since.

Uh...

She's Momo.

Kouichi!

Our neighbor's mail is mixed in again!

Learn to do your job!

You're always making mistakes.

Oops, I did it again.

You never change, do you?

Well then, I gotta get back to work.

Talk to you some other time!

He really didn't change at all. I can't stop laughing.

Oh,

it's not moving.

Oh, it stopped moving in early spring this year.

I had a watchmaker to take a look at it,

but apparently, it can't be fixed.

But it feels weird to have a new clock,

so we just kept it there.

Oh... early spring...

You can take it off if you don't like it.

Momo,

can you help me move some luggage to the Sky ?

The sky?

Come on up.

It's a mess, isn't it?

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Hiroyuki Okiura

Hiroyuki Okiura (沖浦啓之, Okiura Hiroyuki, born October 13, 1966 in Katano, Osaka Prefecture) is a Japanese animation director and animator working for Production I.G. more…

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