Hiroyuki Ok­iura

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Di­rec­tor, A Let­ter to Momo Key mo­ments of in­spi­ra­tion: Re­gard­less of cul­ture or re­li­gion, I think that every­body mourns over the de­ceased. While I was pondering over an in­ci­dent that oc­curred near me, I started won­der­ing if there was a way to link one’s “feel­ings to­wards the de­ceased” and “let­ter” to­gether. That was when I came across the Kiby­oushi, lit­er­ally “Yel­low Bound Books.” I started think­ing, “What if the gob­lins in those books linked the two to­gether?”... I wanted to make this work a touch comedic, so the gob­lins were per­fect for that, and I thought it would be funny to show an 11-year-old girl who can’t quite get along with gob­lins be­cause of their dif­fer­ence in men­tal­ity, so I de­vel­oped the story from there. Tough­est as­pect of mak­ing the movie: This movie has so many scenes of daily life reen­act­ments that I could say il­lus­trat­ing that was the most dif­fi­cult part. For the au­di­ence as well, be­cause they are used to see­ing th­ese ac­tions, if they are even slightly off, it can be both­er­some. When they are both­er­some, it can jeop­ar­dize their emo­tional in­vest­ment in the film, so I was ex­tra care­ful. Fa­vorite an­i­mated movie/TV show of all time: It’s a TV se­ries, but I would say 3000 Leagues in Search of Mother by Isao Taka­hata. Take on the state of the an­i­ma­tion busi­ness: We live in a time where new movies quickly be­come old movies and be­fore you re­al­ize, they are for­got­ten … so it’s dif­fi­cult to fore­see the fu­ture, but I hope we’ll al­ways have films that leave a mark, even if they are few in num­ber, and I do wish for my film to be one of them. Best ad­vice ever re­ceived: This is ad­vice I re­ceived as a di­rec­tor: “Just make the de­ci­sion!”

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