Get ready to be swept away by the engaging story that makes up Okko’s Inn. I guarantee you’ll laugh and cry following this coming of age story from start to finish. So be sure to make sure you have a box of tissues on hand!
Synopsis: After losing her parents in a car accident, Okko goes to live in the countryside with her grandmother, who runs a traditional inn near an ancient spring said to have healing waters. Okko soon discovers there are spirits living there only she can see – welcoming ghosts who keep her company, play games and help her navigate her new environment. Okko strives to be a gracious host, and this is soon put to the test by a string of challenging guests with different stories. But ultimately Okko discovers that dedicating herself to others becomes the key to taking care of herself.
I had my own heartstrings pulled ever so with a story of themes that can often be hard to handle in life. That being said the film does strongly promotes moving forward, serving others i,e taking on responsibilities, and never giving up. Note that the sensitive themes the story showcases are certainly best for older children with guardian or parental supervision.
I actually like how the themes of the film were presented. The characters are presented well with histories and challenges each of their own. It was very interesting learning about each of the characters that together and sometimes unknowingly help Okko to navigate her new groundings in healing and moving forward.
I watched this film with my 8.5 year and 11 year old and they enjoyed the film. Some of the themes may be frighting or confusing for some children so I suggest using your best judgement before introducing the film. I personally found the movie as a good learning and discussion opportunity.
The film run-time is 95 minutes.
·Interview with the Director
·Interview with Seiran Kobayashi (Okko)
·Q&A with Director and Producers at Japanese Premiere
* I have received this product for free or at a discounted rate in exchange for my honest and unbiased product review; all opinions are my own.*