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Studio 4 °C adapts Igarashi Daisuke's manga Kaiju no Kodomo into the stunning aquatic fantasy Children of the Sea. On the first day of summer vacation, junior high school student Ruka has a falling out with other members of her school club. Relations with her mom are also strained, so she spends her summer days at the aquarium where her father works. There, she meets two brothers, Umi and Sora, who were raised by dugongs. More comfortable in water than on land, the boys seem to possess powers connected to strange marine phenomena that are occurring. Drawn to the boys and the ocean, Ruka embarks on an increasingly mystical underwater odyssey.
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Product Title: Children of the Sea (2019) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) 海獸之子 (2019) (DVD) (香港版) 海兽之子 (2019) (DVD) (香港版) 海獣の子供 Children of the Sea (2019) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Hisaishi Joe | Inagaki Goro | Aoi Yu | Ashida Mana | Morisaki Win 久石讓 | 稻垣吾郎 | 蒼井優 | 芦田愛菜 | 森崎溫 久石让 | 稻垣吾郎 | 苍井优 | 芦田爱菜 | 森崎温 久石譲 | 稲垣吾郎 | 蒼井優 | 芦田愛菜 | 森崎ウィン Hisaishi Joe | Inagaki Goro | Aoi Yu | Ashida Mana | Morisaki Win
Director: Watanabe Ayumu 渡邊步 渡边步 渡辺歩 Watanabe Ayumu
Release Date: 2020-04-17
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Place of Origin: Japan
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 5.1
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Duration: 111 (mins)
Publisher: Asia Video (HK)
Package Weight: 100 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1089215548

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最重要的約定,不需言傳
海洋裡發生的一切,幾乎都不為人知。讓人不禁摒息一分鐘!海洋冒險譚的故事要開始了!STUDIO4oC 全力打造的影像以及久石讓負責的配樂。

性格開朗又天真無邪的「海」、以及像是能夠看穿一切的「空」。琉花就像被他們引導著,一步一步接觸她從沒看到過的不可思議的世界。適逢三人的相遇,地球上同時出現了各式各樣的異變。夜空中閃爍的流星突然墜落大海,海洋的所有生物開始往日本移動;甚至連龐大的座頭鯨都出現,奏著「歌曲」向所有海洋生物傳遞「祭典的重頭戲就快來了」的訊息。
 
知曉「海」與「空」兩兄弟與各種超自然現象有關係、並打算加以利用他們的人;即使如此還是努力守護兩兄弟的海洋學者吉姆和安格拉。各種思緒交錯的人們,究竟能解開生命的種種謎團嗎?
 
「海」與「空」究竟從哪裡而來,「重頭戲」又是甚麼?
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June 30, 2020

A beautiful and confounding aquatic odyssey
Despite the title, the young protagonists and the pretty animation of sea animals, Watanabe Ayumu's Children of the Sea is probably not something you'd show your children. Based on Igarashi Daisuke's manga Kaiji no Kodomo, the confounding animated fantasy feature is from Studio 4°C, the makers of Tekkon Kinkreet, Mind Game and Harmony. The film starts out like a sensitive story about discovering friendship and the wonders of the ocean – and gradually morphs into a mind-blowing meditation on the meaning and mysteries of life itself.

Children of the Sea begins with protagonist Ruka getting into a fight at soccer practice and being forced out of her summer club activity. The moody girl then takes refuge at the aquarium where her father works. She befriends two strange boys, Umi and Sora, who were raised by dugongs (marine mammals similar to manatees) and are now the subjects of research at the aquarium. Unaccustomed to life on land, Umi and Sora have a mystical connection with the sea, a connection that Ruka also increasingly feels. As odd incidents involving marine animals pop up around the world, Umi and Sora's time in this world also seems to be running out.

There is an adventure aspect to the film when the protagonists run away from the reach of the adults who want to control them, but their aquatic odyssey goes far beyond escaping the world of the adults. The call of the sea brings the children to a whole other dimension that invokes the balance between humans and nature and reflects on the totality of existence. Children of the Sea goes full-on metaphysical near the end in a psychedelic climax that invites you to apply whatever you learned in Psychology 101 and Philosophy 101 to try to figure out what the heck is happening. Without the benefit of five volumes of manga, the film version of Children of the Sea undoubtedly lost a lot of exposition that would have better explained its dense mystery. However, it's hard to imagine that a story of this nature was ever meant to make that much conventional sense.

Where Children of the Sea undeniably excels is in its evocative presentation. Whether it's a journey into the dreamy, watery world of children and sea creatures – or a swirling vortex into the deepest recesses of your mind – the animation is hauntingly beautiful and a delight to watch. Also excellent, of course, is the score by Hisaishi Joe.

Children of the Sea understandably divides audiences due to its abstract themes and opaque narrative. If you're hoping to reach the same enlightening realization as the characters do, good luck. But if you're just there for the underwater ride, Children of the Sea takes you to beautiful and unexpected places.

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