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Oblivion Island
Japan, 2010, 100 min.

Before her mother’s death, young Haruka was given a special gift - a beautiful hand mirror. She held it and the memory of her mother dear but in the years that followed, Haruka lost the mirror. Still missing her mother, she went to pray at a shrine for the mirror’s return. There she happened upon a tiny masked creature - a fox spirit. Following him, Haruka soon found herself transported to the creature’s magical world. Teo comes from Oblivion Island: a land filled with and built from human items; brushes, keys, spoons, even mirrors. Yet the things in Teo’s world are not stolen from humans. They only take what humans neglect or forget about when we’re not looking. She then realizes that the stories her mother told her long ago about items that go missing were all too true. Haruka befriends Teo and finds wonderment in all corners of Oblivion Island. These creatures can conjure magic but nothing is more powerful than mirrors which hold divine powers. Looming over Oblivion is the evil Baron who searches to find the one item that will give him total control over the land - Haruka’s hand mirror.

The 2009 animated feature OBLIVION ISLAND: HARUKA AND THE MAGIC MIRROR is a fanciful tale about friendship, teamwork and trust. In the same vein as classic children’s adventure films like Labyrinth and Spirited Away, Oblivion Island is a very colorful tale of a girl on a magical quest to reconnect with the memories of her mother. Fun for the whole family, this film, a gorgeous mix of CG and hand drawn animation, is nothing short of delightful.

— Marc Ciafardini
Shinsuke Sato
Hirotaka Adachi, Shinsuke Sato
Eric P. Sherman, Kaeko Sakamoto

Director Bio

Shinsuke Sato is a writer, director, and video game designer who specializes in adapting manga comics for the Japanese big screen. His directorial debut was the 2001 sci-fi action movie THE PRINCESS BLADE, which was based on the Kazuo Koike’s manga Lady Snowblood. His latest project adapted Hiroya Oku’s Gantz manga/anime franchise into two 2011 live-action films: GANTZ and GANTZ 2: PERFECT ANSWER.

Screenings Co-presented by:
Crow Collection of Asian Art