Presented by Japan Foundation

World Premiere
Selection 2018

The Travelling Cat Chronicles

Directed by Kôichirô Miki

Sat July 21, 2018
11:45 AM

Auditorium des diplômés de la SGWU (Théâtre Hall)



Koichiro Miki


Emiko Hiramatsu


Sota Fukushi, Yuko Takeuchi, Mitsuki Takahata


Hiro Arikawa

Japan 2018 118 mins OV Japanese Subtitles : English
Genre Drama

A cat isn't just a pet - it's family. Satoru (Sôta Fukushi, also in BLEACH, LAUGHING UNDER THE CLOUDS and LAPLACE'S WITCH at the fest this summer) has known this since childhood, when his kitty Hachi was always by his side through good times and bad. As an adult, Satoru adopted a stray he named Nana (the voice of Mitsuki Takahata, who can be seen in DESTINY: THE TALE OF KAMAKURA), after the poor thing was hit by a car and miraculously survived. Satoru must unfortunately now give his beloved cat away, so he travels to meet some important people in his life who might take Nana in: his childhood best friend, a couple he knew in high school, and his favourite aunt.

Adapted from the bestselling novel by Hiro Arikawa, THE TRAVELLING CAT CHRONICLES is obviously a cat person movie (the title gives it away), but it's really for all animal lovers. If you care at all about the furry ones, you'll be deeply moved by this film. It initially appears to be a comedy about a cute cat that makes amusing voice-over comments, but it soon becomes clear that it's a very sentimental affair, with some downright melodramatic elements. Using an episodic structure with extended flashbacks, writer Emiko Hiramatsu (the WHAT A WONDERFUL FAMILY! series) and director Kôichirô Miki (EVERGREEN LOVE) have created a bright, heartfelt picture that captures what is so special about having a cat, while also providing many heartbreaking insights about the human experience. Bring your tissues! - Kevin Laforest


Sat July 21, 2018
11:45 AM

Auditorium des diplômés de la SGWU (Théâtre Hall)