| Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Kôichi Uehara is a fourth grade student living in Higashikurume City, a suburb of Tokyo. One day he picks up what he thinks to be a fossil of an ancient creature but turns out to be a baby ... See full summary »
Well-known academic Takeshi Yôrô, fellow animated film directors Isao Takahata, Kenji Kamiyama and Mamoru Hosoda as well as Shinji Higuchi and Kazuki Nakashima spoke out in support of Keiichi Hara and the film at the time of its theatrical release, contributing messages to the Japanese official website.
The national media have staked out the house. The kappa (river spirit) is reported nightly on the TV news. The whole country is agog over the kappa. The boy goes on the run with the kappa, and keeps running for many days. Yet not one person the boy or the kappa encounters or passes recognizes either of them.
The original theatrical version premiered in 2007 is 138 minutes long. An extended version with around 3 minutes of new scenes, totaling 141 minutes, was originally released exclusively as part of a limited collectors' box DVD edition in Japan in 2008. Since then, this version has also appeared on the Japanese Blu-ray Disc of the movie, which was released in 2010 and is not limited. Neither of these disc releases has English subtitles.