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Napping Princess

  • Drama
  • 2017
  • Kenji Kamiyama
  • 111 mins
  • PG

Summary

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.

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Review

Rating: 3 out of 5.

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!

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Credits

Cast

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KokoneMitsuki Takahata
MorioShinnosuke Mitsushima
KijitaTomoya Maeno
WatanabeArata Furuta
Isshin ShijimaHideki Takahashi

Crew

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DirectorKenji Kamiyama

Details

Theatrical distributor
National Amusements
Released on
2017-08-16
Guidance
Violence.
Formats
Colour
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