Mai Mai Miracle
(Maimai shinko to sennen no mahô)
Director: Katabuchi Sunao
Screenplay: Tagaki Nobuko adapted from Mai Mai Shinko byTagaki Nobuko
Music: Murau Shûsei
Cast.: Fukuda Mayuko, Honjô Manami, Jenya, Mizuzawa Nako, Morisako Ei
22 rue Lafayette
35 mm, Color, 93 min,
OV Japanese with French subtitles
In Hôfu, a town from the Yamaguchi prefecture, young girl Shinko, in her third year at primary school, likes to invent stories from the distant past of her city inspired by her grand-father’s accounts. With her extremely fertile imagination and a heart full of marvelous ideas, she goes to the point of evoking the mischievous life of a young princess during the Heian era.ne day, young girl Kiiko, just arrived from Tokyo, joins Shinko’s class. She finds difficult to get used to provincial life, so different from the big city’s life. Shinko, who has a great curiosity, takes an interest in her. Soon the two girls become friends. They invent a summer for themselves, full of imagination where the poetry of countryside sometimes meets the harsh reality of daily life.
“The world is not simple. It is difficult to live, but I would like all children to know the beauty of water flowing deep in their heart. This flow of stories which went through one thousand years also flows in the hearts of children living in the cities today. Don’t we, adults, play a major part in teaching this?” Nobuko Tagaki, author of the original story.