The Los Angeles World Affairs Council screened Mirai on February 6th as part of a double feature with Shoplifters. Both Japanese films were shown in partnership with the Consulate General of Japan in Los Angeles at the Laemmle Royal theater.
When four-year-old Kun meets his new baby sister, his world is turned upside down. Named Mirai (meaning “future”), the baby quickly wins the hearts of Kun’s entire family. As his mother returns to work, and his father struggles to run the household, Kun becomes increasingly jealous of baby Mirai… until one day he storms off into the garden, where he encounters strange guests from the past and future – including his sister Mirai, as a teenager. Together, Kun and teenage Mirai go on a journey through time and space, uncovering their family’s incredible story. But why did Mirai come from the future?
Mirai is a Japanese film nominated for Best Animated Feature Film.