JFTFP24: Lonely Castle in the Mirror

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CertificateNot Rated
GenreAnimation, Adventure, Fantasy
Director(s)Hara Keiichi
Writer(s)Maruo Miho
Running Time1HR 56MINS
Extra InfoEnglish Subtitles, Recommended PG
SeasonThe Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2024

Based on the bestselling novel by TSUJIMURA Mizuki, and directed by one of Japan’s seasoned animation directors, this compelling film explores a very problematic issue that children in contemporary Japanese society face.

Junior high student Kokoro no longer feels comfortable at school, and spends her days within the confines of her room at home. Early one afternoon in May, her mirror suddenly begins to emit a bright light, and it sucks her inside. When she opens her eyes, she sees a castle like something out of a fairytale, and meets six other junior high students who are all total strangers. 

What’s more, a girl wearing a lupine mask who demands to be called “Ms. Wolf” makes an announcement: “Somewhere in this castle is a wish room. It can make anything you desire come true, but only one of you seven ‘red riding hoods’ can enter.” They have until March 30th of the following year to find the key and use it. However, if any of them breaks the rules, a terrifying wolf will appear, and devour everyone in the castle.

©2022 “Lonely Castle in the Mirror” Film Partners

The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2024: Unforgettable: Memories, Times and Reflections in Japanese Cinema, is organised by the Japan Foundation, with Major Support from the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation, with Sponsorship in Kind from SUQQU, Athletia, Clearspring and Pentel.jftfp24logos.jpg

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