Release date:January 1, 2016
Screenwriters:Isao Takahata, David Freedman
Starring:Daisy Ridley, Dev Patel
Daisy Ridley voices the lead character in the Studio Ghibli animated film, which is finally getting a North American release 25 years after it was a hit in Japan. It’s 1982, and Taeko is 27 years old, unmarried, and has lived her whole life in Tokyo. While traveling by train to visit family in the country, memories flood back of her as a schoolgirl in 1966, and she starts to question whether she has been true to herself. Elegantly switching between her adult present and childhood flashbacks, Isao Takahata brilliantly explores the drama, humor and enchantment of everyday life, in a poignant and achingly beautiful masterpiece from one of the world’s most revered animation studios.