An age-old vendetta

Malta Independent - - CINEMA -

From an­i­ma­tion stu­dio LAIKA, mak­ers of the Academy Award­nom­i­nated Co­ra­line, comes Kubo and the Two Strings, an epic orig­i­nal ac­tion-ad­ven­ture and a cin­e­matic ex­pe­ri­ence that sweeps au­di­ences into a world of won­ders. On the craggy shores of a fan­tas­ti­cal an­cient Ja­pan, a boy named Kubo lives on a high cliff above the sea. A scruffy street urchin who is al­ways clever and kind­hearted, Kubo (voiced by Art Parkin­son of Game of Thrones) ekes out a hum­ble daily liv­ing, mes­mer­iz­ing towns­peo­ple of a small fish­ing vil­lage with his mag­i­cal gift for spin­ning wild tales out of folded origami. Among the vil­lagers he en­thralls with his sto­ries are Hosato (Ge­orge Takei), Hashi (CaryHiroyuki Ta­gawa) and Kameyo (Academy Award nom­i­nee Brenda Vac­caro). By night, Kubo tends to his fad­ing yet regal mother as she slips into trances that seem ruled by the ris­ing and set­ting moon.

This rel­a­tively quiet ex­is­tence is shat­tered when Kubo ac­ci­den­tally sum­mons a spirit from his past which storms down from the heav­ens to en­force an age-old vendetta. Now on the run, Kubo joins forces with the fierce, no-non­sense Monkey (Academy Award win­ner Charlize Theron) and the quixotic in­sect sa­mu­rai Beetle (Academy Award win­ner Matthew McConaughey), and sets out on a thrilling quest to solve the mys­tery of his fallen father, the great­est sa­mu­rai war­rior the world has ever known. Kubo must find the cov­eted items left be­hind by his father: The Ar­mor Im­pen­e­tra­ble, The Sword Un­break­able, and The Hel­met In­vul­ner­a­ble. With the help of his new friends and his cher­ished shamisen – a mag­i­cal mu­si­cal in­stru­ment – Kubo’s odyssey winds through howl­ing bliz­zards in The Far Lands, the un­der­wa­ter Gar­den of Eyes, and the dan­ger­ous Bam­boo For­est. Learn­ing of his own mag­i­cal pow­ers with ev­ery new test of strength and char­ac­ter, Kubo must bat­tle gods and mon­sters, in­clud­ing the venge­ful Moon King (Academy Award nom­i­nee Ralph Fi­ennes) and the evil twin Sis­ters (Academy Award nom­i­nee Rooney Mara), to un­lock the se­cret of his legacy, re­unite his fam­ily, and ful­fill his heroic destiny.

A LAIKA pro­duc­tion. Kubo and the Two Strings. Charlize Theron, Art Parkin­son, and Ralph Fi­ennes, Ge­orge Takei, Cary-Hiroyuki Ta­gawa, Brenda Vac­caro, with Rooney Mara and Matthew McConaughey. Cos­tume De­signer, Deb­o­rah Cook. Mu­sic by Dario Mar­i­anelli. Edited by Christo­pher Mur­rie, ACE. Pro­duc­tion De­signer, Nel­son Lowry. Di­rec­tor of Pho­tog­ra­phy, Frank Pass­ing­ham. Pro­duced by Ari­anne Sut­ner, p.g.a., Travis Knight, p.g.a. Story by Shan­non Tin­dle, Marc Haimes. Screen­play by Marc Haimes, Chris But­ler. Di­rected by Travis Knight.

Clas­si­fi­ca­tion PG

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