A press conference on Mamoru Hosoda’s latest work “Mirai no Mirai( 未来のミライ)” to be released on July 20, 2018, was held on December 13th at Tokyo · Toho Headquarters. Mr. Hosoda（細田守） and producer Yuichiro Saito（齋藤優一郎）attended (Mirai ”未来、みらい、ミライ” means future. The title can be translated into ” The Future of the Future).
Mr. Hosoda was also in charge of the original work and screenwriting. The film’s story centers around a family living in a small house in an obscure corner of a certain city — in particular, the family’s spoiled four-year-old boy Kun-chan. When Kun-chan gets a little sister named Mirai, he feels that his new sister stole his parents’ love from him, and is overwhelmed by many experiences he undergoes for the first time in his life. In the midst of it all, he meets an older version of Mirai, who has come from the future.
Hosoda said, “I am the parent of a 5 years old boy and a girl who is going to be 2 years old soon, but when I saw their pure reactions to the world, I thought that the world is beautiful and good. I want to show the fun of the world dynamically not only for children but also for adults from a child’s perspective. ” Saito said, “There was particular attention on the publication day of July 20th, this is the first day of summer vacation in Japan. It is time to think what we will do something fun in the summer when the school is over. I think that it is the best time to put an animation movie that adults can enjoy together with children. ” “We received offers from 57 countries at the Cannes International Film Festival, and distribution has been decided in those countries.”
Being asked what he challenged with his current work at the Q & A session, Mr. Hosoda said, “The hardest challenge is to set a 4-year old boy as the main character”. “When I was making a storyboard, my son was 4 years old. I conceived from him that 4 years old boy has a serious and hedonistic character, which two sides are overlapping.
The child becomes now 5 years old. He is telling now the words “Chin Chin(pennis)” or “Unnko(poop)”. If I would be making a film now, it would be such a movie (laugh). I guess it could be possible to make a good movie at the edge of elegance” and he laughed at. (The words Chin Chin and Unnko are not polite and slung in Japanese and children often use them.)
Regarding the name of the main character “Kun-chan”, Mr. Hosoda explained, “Actually he has the name “Kun”, but if he is Kun, we cannot consider him as ” kun”or”chan”. This problem expresses the fluctuation of hte identity of him. (kun and chan are the words that are added to the end of the name. They indicate the relationship between the two people who use them. Kun is used for adults and chan is used for infants and little children. Kun-kun or Kun-chan is not understandable and is heard strange in Japanese.)
His sister’s name Mirai comes from the talk of how the person with the identity swaying will go into the future (Mirai means future). It is an era when the values in societies are changing very much, for example, most people were married in the past, but now we can choose our way of life. I think that it is an era when our identities are reconstructing in such a society where values are changing. When I was making the movie, I thought about how our future will be, how we will live in such a future. And regarding the title of “Mirai no Mirai”, I gave it various meanings such as the Future from where his sister ”Mirai” came, her future from the past world where she dropped in, or the future after future.
Finally, Mr. Hosoda said “There are some difficulties by making a 4-year old boy as the main character, but all the staff will get through with it and they work hard now. I think that the atmosphere of the workplace is fun and good. I have a hunch that it will be a good movie, so please looking forward to watching the movie”(this article is translated and cited from here and here).
Who is Hosoda Mamoru?
Formerly employed at Toei Animation, Hosoda went to work at Madhouse from 2005 to 2011. Hosoda left Madhouse in 2011 to establish his own animation studio, Studio Chizu. He first came to public attention in the early 2000s with the first two films in the Digimon Adventure series and the sixth film in the One Piece series. From the late 2000s, he earned critical acclaim with several other films, including 2006’s The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, 2009’s Summer Wars, 2012’s Wolf Children, and 2015’s The Boy and the Beast.(source here)