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'A Letter to Momo' delivers quirky comedy, realistic despair

'A Letter to Momo' delivers quirky comedy, realistic despair

"A Letter to Momo" does things its own way. A striking example of Japanese hand-drawn animation, it casually combines things you wouldn't expect in one place. Physical beauty and fearless adventure, silly comedy and sensitive emotions, filmmaker Hiroyuki Okiura brings a facility for all of them to the table. Though his previous work as a director was 1999's very different "Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade," Okiura and the key members of his creative team have connections to many classic anime, including "Ghost in the Shell," "Spirited Away" and "Paprika." But Okiura, who worked on this film for seven years, can claim...

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