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Modest Heroes (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled & Audio) (Japan Version) Blu-ray Region A

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Animated anthology Modest Heroes is the second film from Studio Ponoc, the animation house founded by former Studio Ghibli producer Nishimura Yoshiaki. The first volume of the studio's Ponoc Short Films Theatre series features three magical and moving shorts directed by Yonebayashi Hiromasa (Mary and the Witch's Flower) and former Ghibli animators Momose Yoshiyuki and Yamashita Akihiko. The anthology explores courage and humanity through small yet momentous stories of Modest Heroes.

Yonebayashi Hiromasa's Kanini & Kanino follows two crab brothers who live underwater with their father. When their father gets carried away downstream, Kanini and Kanino set out on a perilous adventure to reunite their family. In Momose Yoshiyuki's Life Ain't Gonna Lose, a young baseball-loving boy battles his deadly allergy to eggs on a daily basis. An invisible man lives unnoticed by the world around him in Yamashita Akihiko's Invisible.

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Product Title: Modest Heroes (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled & Audio) (Japan Version) 小小英雄-螃蟹與蛋與透明人- (Blu-ray) (英文字幕&語音)(日本版) 小小英雄-螃蟹与蛋与透明人- (Blu-ray) (英文字幕&语音)(日本版) ちいさな英雄−カニとタマゴと透明人間− (Blu-ray) Modest Heroes (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled & Audio) (Japan Version)
Artist Name(s): Odagiri Joe | Ono Machiko | Kimura Fumino | Muramatsu Takatsugu 小田切讓 | 尾野真千子 | 木村文乃 | 村松崇繼 小田切让 | 尾野真千子 | 木村文乃 | 村松崇继 オダギリジョー | 尾野真千子 | 木村文乃 | 島田昌典 | 村松崇継 오다기리 죠 | Ono Machiko | Kimura Fumino | Muramatsu Takatsugu
Director: Momose Yoshiyuki | Yonebayashi Hiromasa | Yamashita Akihiko 百瀨義行 | 米林宏昌  | 山下明彥 百濑义行 | 米林宏昌  | 山下明彦 百瀬義行 | 米林宏昌 | 山下明彦 Momose Yoshiyuki | Yonebayashi Hiromasa | Yamashita Akihiko
Blu-ray Region Code: A - Americas (North, Central and South except French Guiana), Korea, Japan, South East Asia (including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) What is it?
Release Date: 2019-03-20
Publisher Product Code: VWBS-6805
Language: English, Japanese
Subtitles: English
Disc Format(s): Blu-ray
Other Information: Blu-ray
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1072207042

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[アーティスト/ キャスト]
木村文乃 / 尾野真千子 / オダギリジョー / 米林宏昌 (監督、脚本) / 百瀬義行 (監督、脚本) / 山下明彦 (監督、脚本) / 村松崇継 (音楽) / 島田昌典 (音楽)

ピクチャーレーベル

[特典情報]
映像特典収録

[テクニカル・インフォメーション]
本編54分
製作国 : 日本 (Japan)

[ストーリー]
『カニーニとカニーノ』/虹色のトンボが舞う川底に、サワガニの家族が暮らしていた。父トトと兄カニーニ、そして、甘えん坊の弟カニーノ。巨大な魚たちから隠れてひっそりと暮らす3匹を、ある日、大嵐が襲う。間一髪でトトに助けられたカニーノ。しかし、巨大な泡の塊は、身代わりにトトを飲み込み、連れ去ってしまう。カニーニとカニーノは涙をぬぐい、父を探して生まれて初めての旅に出るが—。/人間のすぐ傍らにある世界で、家族を守ろうとした、ちいさなカニの兄弟の大冒険が今、はじまる。/『サムライエッグ』/東京・府中に暮らす少年シュンは、野球好きで元気な小学生。ダンススクールで働く母は、そんなシュンを温かく見守りながら育てている。しかし、シュンにはひとつだけ友だちと違うことがあった。彼は生まれた時から極度のたまごアレルギーに悩まされていた。ある日、野球の練習から帰ったシュンは、母の留守中に誤ってたまご入りのアイスクリームを口にしてしまう。突如、シュンの体に異変が起きる。そのとき、シュンがとった行動とは—。/実話をもとに描く母と少年の愛と感動の人間ドラマ。/『透明人間』/古ぼけたアパートに暮らす、ひとりの青年。ワイシャツを着て、歯をみがき、いつものとおりに家を出る。しかし、何かが違った。彼は透明人間だった!だれも彼のことが見えない。コンビニの自動ドアも、ATMすら彼を認識しない。 透明人間がついに重力からも見放され、次第に空高く舞い上がっていく。このままだと消えてしまう、いのちも—。/都会の隅に生きる見えない男のたった一人の闘いを、スペクタクルアクションで魅せる究極の野心作。 

[解説]
スタジオポノックが描く、“3つの奇跡の物語”/—抱きしめたのは、いのち。 

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October 17, 2019

Heroes come in small sizes
Studio Ponoc continues down the Studio Ghibli path with a collection of whimsical, lovingly animated short films, and you don't have to go to a museum in Tokyo to watch them like the Ghibli shorts. The anthology Modest Heroes features original shorts written and directed by three former Ghibli animators, including Yonebayashi Hiromasa. The three charming shorts are very different in story but carry the common theme of small heroes.

In the case of Yonebayashi's Kanini & Kanino, the heroes are quite literally small. Yonebayashi created a beautiful yet perilous countryside world for thimble-sized people in 2010's The Borrower Arrietty. Kanini & Kanino creates a beautiful yet perilous underwater world for a family of anthropomorphized river crabs. After their father gets swept away, two little crab children venture through the woods and waters on their own to find their family. Their bright and colorful environment instantly turns a bit darker, with sharp-teethed fish and circle-of-life lessons swirling all around. These little heroes also grow up in an instant without even realizing it as they face the brief yet momentous coming-of-age trial. I'm beginning to think that Yonebayashi is best at telling stories about itty-bitty people in a big world.

The everyday can be gravely dangerous in Life Ain't Gonna Lose from Momose Yoshiyuki, who also directed the Ni no Kuni film that came out in August. This warm suburban story is about a boy with a severe egg allergy and the mother who raises him with all her heart. In a series of effective montages, we see the anxieties of a mother constantly on edge to protect her baby, the frustrations of an ordinary young boy, and the sudden dangers and omnipresent obstacles of a world full of egg on the menu. Simple, straightforward and relatable, the short captures the perspective and bravery of both the mother and the child.

Yamashita Akihiko's Invisible closes the anthology with a Kafkaesque story about an invisible man, a forgotten salaryman who is fading into oblivion. Even without drawing out a physical body and facial features, the animation signals the character's tired burden and lonely despair through his stooped, weightless silhouette and the washed-out world of gray and brown. The invisible man is so light that he needs to anchor himself down with a heavy object to not be blown away, which is what happens eventually. But in his most desperate and vulnerable moment, he also encounters the chance to make a heroic decision. Besides unsettling the viewer with the haunting symbolism and existential crisis of an alienated invisible man, the short also stirs the senses with its stunning imagery, often employing POV shots and dynamic scenes of rapid movement against wind and rain. As the darkest and strongest entry of the collection, Invisible brings a mature and reflective undertone to this otherwise family-friendly feature, and a hint of what other directions Studio Ponoc could go with their future works.

Modest Heroes is the first of what is intended to be a series of anthologies, and I can't wait to see what else Studio Ponoc has to offer.

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