Release date:July 25, 2008
(NY; LA release: Aug. 8)
Starring:Hoshi Ishida, Mitsuki Tanimura
Both a tragedy and an inspiring tale, "Canary" follows the story of two children, Koichi and Yuki, who must rebuild their lives after suffering from their parents’ mistakes, and find a family to call their own. After being indoctrinated in the fanatical beliefs of the religious cult Nirvana with his mother and sister, Koichi has lost all sense of his own identity. A murderous attack instigated by members of the cult, inspired by the 1995 Sarin gas attacks on the Tokyo subway by members of the Aum Shinrikyo cult, leads to Koichi being abandoned by his mother, rejected by his grandfather, and separated from his younger sister. Unable to deal with the loss, Koichi decides to break out of the child welfare system to reunite with his sister. On his way to Tokyo , he encounters Yuki, a girl fleeing from her abusive father. Together, they face the troubles of children traveling alone without the guidance or protection of adults, and learn to set aside their differences for the sake of survival and a chance for true happiness.