The House of the Lost on the Cape (岬のマヨイガ), dir. Shinya Kawatsura, Japan 2021, 105 min., Japanese with English subtitles
Cruelly mistreated by fortune, two young girls – seventeen-year-old Yui (voiced by Mana Ashida) and eight-year-old Hiyori (voiced by Sari Awano) – have both become separated from their families. Lost with no place to go and trying to find somewhere to call home, they come across Kiwa (voiced by Shinobu Otake), a strange old lady who offers them her hospitality in her shabby but well-kept Japanese folkloric home – a mayoiga. The house’s close proximity to the sea, and the opportunity to start afresh that it brings, slowly breathe new life into the girls. Then, one day, mysterious beings referred to by Kiwa as ‘fushigitto’ begin showing up.
Ten years after the Great East Japan Earthquake in Tohoku, during which many people lost their lives and homes, Shinya Kawatsura directs this brand-new animation feature adapted from Sachiko Kashiwaba’s novel, paying tribute to the area and its people. This is a heart-warming story of new beginnings and childhood wonder.
© Sachiko Kashiwaba, KODANSHA / 2021 The House of the Lost on the Cape Committee