Napping Princess

Napping Princess

Kenji Kamiyama (2017)

PG Certificate
Fri 28 Dec 7pm - 9:10pm Vice


Our Score
A Japanese teenager's recurring dreams, where a rebellious princess's magic powers holds the key to a futuristic kingdom's very survival, prompt her to trace her own troubled family history in this Japanese animated feature. Indeed, the film's on-screen English alternative title Ancien and the Magic Tablet, more accurately reflects its ambitious blend of technology and magic, since the dreamworld princess Ancien's talismanic handheld device also turns up in reality as a scruffy-looking tablet, belonging to the heroine's car-mechanic dad and holds secrets to a complex backstory. Writer/director Kenji Kamiyama takes on a bit too much in keeping both plot strands running, eventually reaching overload in an over-extended finale. Still, he does manage to pack in an underlying message about Japan's need to blend engineering heritage with modern computer technology, and it's hard to resist a movie that packs in battling giant robots, a perky schoolgirl protagonist, self-driving cars, Japan's bullet-train and even the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Phew!


A teen girl begins to have strange dreams which hint at family secrets. What do these visions mean, and will they bring her closer to her family? Anime fantasy.

Cast & Crew

Kokone Mitsuki Takahata
Morio Shinnosuke Mitsushima
Kijita Tomoya Maeno
Watanabe Arata Furuta
Isshin Shijima Hideki Takahashi
Director Kenji Kamiyama
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Other Information

Language: Japanese +subtitlesColourTheatrical distributor: National AmusementsGuidance: Violence.Released on: 16 Aug 2017