1:30pm - Sunday, Jun 16, 2019
The latest feature from famed anime studio Madhouse and director Kitarô Kôsaka's (a key animator on numerous classic films at the venerable Studio Ghibli), seamlessly blends immersive, idyllic landscapes with the storybook charm of Okko’s beloved ghosts. OKKO'S INN delivers a rare ghost story that –despite several floating characters – is firmly grounded in the trials and joys of humanity.
After losing her parents in a car accident, Okko goes to live in the countryside with her grandmother, who runs a traditional Japanese inn built on top of an ancient spring said to have healing waters. While she goes about her chores and prepares to become the inn’s next caretaker, Okko discovers there are spirits who live there that only she can see – not scary ones, but welcoming ghosts who keep her company, play games and help her navigate her new environment. The inn’s motto is that it welcomes all and will reject none, and this is soon put to the test as a string of new guests challenge Okko’s ability to be a gracious host. But ultimately Okko discovers that dedicating herself to others becomes the key to taking care of herself.
"Above all else, Kitarô Kôsaka's "Okko's Inn" is a warm and adorable new addition to the growing subgenre of animated children's films about grief." (IndieWire)
"Kitarô Kôsaka's light-hearted and contagiously joyful film contains just enough beautiful imagery, positive messages of acceptance and touching moments to warrant a look." (Film Threat)
"The touching animated feature "Okko's Inn" offers an unusual ghost story that follows Japanese traditions, and feels very different from its American counterparts." (Los Angeles Times)
Sunday, June 16
Doors 1:00 pm | Movie 1:30 pm
Advance tickets $10.50 | $12.50 at the door
Japanese with English subs
*Minors permitted in the balcony. Must be 19+ w/ID for bar service and main floor seating.
**Rio Theatre Groupons and passes OK! Please redeem at the door.
OKKO'S INN (Kitarô Kôsaka, 2019 / 94 mins / PG) 12-year-old Oriko Seki, who lost her parents in a car accident, ended up living in her grandmother's Onsen Ryokan "Haru no Ya." With the ghost "Uribou" co-habitating with her and all the other odds, she ended up training to be a young female innkeeper. At first, she didn't like the training, but gradually felt her admiration for her title and began to train seriously. Thus, the growth of the young warrior Oriko begins.
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