Hoshi o Ou Kodomo, Tatsumi Nominated for APS Awards
On Monday, the Asia Pacific Screen AcademyÂ announcedÂ the nominees for this year’s Asia Pacific Screen Awards, including those for BestÂ AnimatedÂ Feature Film. Japan’sÂ Hoshi o Ou KodomoÂ (Children who Chase Lost Voices from Deep Below) and Singapore’sÂ TatsumiÂ will compete with three otherÂ filmsÂ in this category: South Korea’sÂ Madangeul naon amtak (Leafie), the Phillippines’Â RPG Metanoia, and the Russian Federation’sÂ Gadkiy Utyonok (The Ugly Duckling).Â
Hoshi o Ou KodomoÂ is the latestÂ workÂ from directorÂ MakotoShinkai. The film centers on Asuna, a girl who spends her solitary days listening to the mysterious music emanating from the crystal radio she received from her father as a memento. However, she embarks on a journey ofÂ adventureÂ to find a mysterious boy she just met, and thus comes to know the cruelty and beauty of the world, as well as loss. Shinkai’s other works includeÂ She and Her Cat,Â Voices of a Distant Star,Â The Place Promised in Our Early Days, andÂ 5 Centimeters Per Second.