Former Studio Ghibli animator Kitaro Kōsaka directs this enticing, inclusionary ghost story at Studio Madhouse, opening April 22nd and 23rd in select theaters. Kōsaka, one of Hayao Miyazaki’s most talented disciples, offers a twist on ghosts and floating characters wrapped around the hospitality industry.
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After her parents are killed in a car accident, Okko stays with her grandmother, an innkeeper, on top of an ancient spring with healing powers. There, Okko encounters friendly spirits that only she can see, who play games, teach her about selflessness, and groom her to become the new caretaker.
“I wanted to depict a girl, at a self-conscious and impressionable age,