1hr 45mins

Separated from their families and having no place to go, two young girls, Yui and Hiyori, are given the chance to start afresh by a kindly but strange old lady who invites them into her home.

©Sachiko Kashiwaba, KODANSHA/2021 The House of the Lost on the Cape Committee

Shin'ya Kawatsura

Two young girls beset by tragedy, seventeen-year-old Yui (voiced by Mana Asihida) and eight-year-old Hiyori (voiced by Sari Awano) – have become separated from their families.

Lost and homeless, they come across a strange old lady called Kiwa (voiced by Shinobu Otake), who offers them her hospitality at her shabby but well-kept home (called a ‘mayoiga’ in Japanese folklore).

The house’s close proximity to the sea, and the opportunity to start afresh, slowly breathes new life into the girls, until one day mysterious creatures begin to appear.

Ten years after the disastrous (and in many cases, fatal) Great East Japan Earthquake in Tohoku, which left many in the area homeles or lost, Shin’ya Kawatsura directs The House of the Lost on the Cape, as a form of tribute.

This is a heart-warming animated feature brimming with child-like wonder and poignancy.

This film is screening at Tyneside Cinema as part of The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2022 which you can learn more about here!

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Tue 8 Mar

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