The film is based on a fairy tale by Kenji Miyazawa about a young man who’s driven from his forest home by a natural disaster and begins working with scientists at the Ihatov Volcano Bureau in hopes of preventing similar disasters from occurring in the future. Sugii previously adapted Miyazawa’s most notable work, Night on the Galactic Railroad, in 1985.
Like the 1985 film, this adaptation features anthropomorphic cat characters instead of humans. It also involves Gusuko Budori’s sister Neri being kidnapped and is obviously steeped in new fantasy elements added for this version.
Here’s main voice cast:
Shun Oguri as Gusuko Budori
Shioli Kutsuna as Neri
Ryuzo Hayashi as Father
Tamiyo Kusakari as Mother
Kuranosuke Sasaki as the kidnapper
Akira Emoto as Dr. Kubo
Shōzō Hayashiya IX as Akahige (Red Beard)
“The Life of Budori Gusuko” will be released by Warner Bros. in Japan on July 7, 2012.
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