Disappointment abounds. A great cast delivers a lukewarm performance of a horribly written script. It’s as if Mary Shelly’s book doesn’t exist and all they had for source material was preexisting Hollywood clichés. This movie should have never been funded.
Obayashi said in an interview that he was seven years old when Japan surrendered. Based on what he was taught he fully expected that he, and all of his male classmates, would commit suicide if Japan was defeated.
Instead they were told to surrender and make peace. Obayashi described this as an early experience with the confusing dishonesty of adults.
This film portrays moments of innocence prior to the second war when the children of Japan looked at the Empire…