Kubo and the Two Strings script
Synopsis: Young Kubo's (Art Parkinson) peaceful existence comes crashing down when he accidentally summons a vengeful spirit from the past. Now on the run, Kubo joins forces with Monkey (Charlize Theron) and Beetle (Matthew McConaughey) to unlock a secret legacy. Armed with a magical instrument, Kubo must battle the Moon King (Ralph Fiennes) and other gods and monsters to save his family and solve the mystery of his fallen father, the greatest samurai warrior the world has ever known.

KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS

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(0100 PRO) PROLOGUE

BLACK:

A child’s whispered voice HISSES through the darkness...

CHILD’S VOICE (V.O.)

If you must blink, do it now!

A full moon fills the screen like a giant, unblinking eye. *

An eerie wind HOWLS through the night sky, and a wave *

suddenly rises in front of the moon, eclipsing it from view.

Another giant wave swells and we CUT WIDER to reveal-

EXT. OCEAN - STORMY NIGHT

A tiny wooden fishing boat comes into view, tossed about by

enormous waves, cresting hundreds of feet high.

That’s when we hear it, weaving throughout the howls of wind. *

Hopeful, inexplicable MUSIC. A sweet, chromatic MELODY. *

It is being played by the boat’s lone passenger. A beautiful *

Japanese woman with long black hair whipping in the wind. She *

kneels as she plays a stringed shamisen instrument. *

CHILD’S VOICE (V.O.) *

Pay careful attention to everything *

you see and hear...No matter how *

unusual it may seem. *

On the woman’s back we catch a glimpse of a woven bag

embroidered with the image of a beetle.

Before we can get a better look, our attention turns to a

tsunami-sized wave, rising up silently in front of the boat,

threatening to consume everything in its path.

The woman raises her hand, strikes the strings on her

shamisen, and the sea literally parts in front of her,

allowing safe passage clean through the center of the chaos.

The boat floats onward, approaching a rocky coastline beneath

high windswept cliffs, and at the sight of land the woman

gives an almost imperceptible smile.

CHILD’S VOICE (V.O.)

And please be warned. If you

fidget. If you look away.

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CHILD’S VOICE (V.O.) (CONT'D)

If you forget any part of what I

tell you, even for an instant, then *

our hero will surely perish. *

Before the narrator can finish his sentence, another wave,

larger than the others, surges menacingly behind the woman...

EXT. ROCKY BEACH

Propelled by that huge wave, the fishing boat violently rams

into the rocky shore, throwing the woman from the boat.

Tossed through the turbulent undercurrent, the woman’s head

smashes hard against a rock.

And as the ocean recedes, she’s left lying in the sand, her

body limp and unmoving and blanketed by her tangled hair. *

And then another sound. The CRYING of an infant.

The woman’s eyes snap open.

Slowly, painfully, she begins crawling across the sand

towards the crying. It’s coming from inside that woven bag. *

CHILD’S VOICE (O.S.) *

His name is Kubo. His grandfather *

stole something from him. *

As she reaches the bag and draws back the folds of cloth, we *

see the face of a baby underneath. We can see his head is *

wrapped in a bloodied bandage, covering his missing left eye. *

We watch them from a HIGH ANGLE, like we’re standing *

somewhere up on those cliffs, as the narrator adds... *

CHILD’S VOICE (O.S.) (CONT’D)

And that really is the least of it.

CUT TO:

(0200 BRK) BREAKFAST WITH MOM

BLACK:

GHOSTING IN TITLE: KUBO

THEN:
... AND THE TWO STRINGS

CREDITS ROLL as we slowly FADE IN, coming face to face with --

A MONKEY:

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A serious monkey. Staring right at us. Fixed expression.

That’s because this monkey is actually a carved wooden charm,

also known as a netsuke, standing about four inches high.

Next to it a young boy, perhaps ten years old, sleeps on a

thin mat on the floor. He is curled up within a robe

emblazoned with the crest of a beetle, just like the one we

saw on the bag earlier.

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