Having lived a lonely life ever since her father’s passing, Watase Asuna spends her days listening to a radio left to her by her father, which uses a crystal in place of a diode. This comes to an end when she meets a mysterious boy whom she connects with, but their acquaintance ends up tragically cut short. Getting swept along by unusual circumstances, Asuna takes to heart a hint that she might be able to see the boy again, and undertakes a journey where she is destined to learn about coping with loss and death.

Annecy International Animation Film Festival, 2012
Official Competition

BFI London International Film Festival, 2011

New York International Children’s Film Festival, 2012

Fantasia International Film Festival, 2012

Sitges International Film Festival, 2012

Golden Horse International Film Festival, 2011

Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival, 2012

By the critically acclaimed and festival regular director of 
5 Centimeters Per Second (2007)
The Garden of Words (2013)

“Shinkai serves you 116 minutes of visual wonder. There’s a range of likeable characters, an extensive fantasy world and plenty of memorable moments.”

“Children Who Chase Lost Voices is an amazingly and entrancingly gorgeous film.”

“The virtuosity of the animation, which has a kind of sensual lushness even Miyazaki has never achieved.”

Makoto Shinkai
2011 | Japan | Adventure, Drama, Family | 117'