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Ponoc Short Films Theater: Modest Heroes Gets New Teaser Trailer

Modest heroes, big screens.

Earlier today, the official website for Studio Ponoc’s Ponoc Tanpen Gekijō (Ponoc Short Films Theater) film series updated with a trailer for the first entry, titled Modest Heroes (Chiisana Eiyū: Kani to Tamago to Tōmei Ningen lit. Small Hero – Crab and Egg and Transparent Human –).

The 90-second teaser previews the three stories in the feature, with character dialogue and a narrator delivering the major story elements.

Ponoc Short Films Theater: Modest Heroes hits Japanese theaters on August 24. Three shorts will be included:

  • Kanini & Kanino: A fantasy tale about two crab siblings. Run Time: 15 minutes.
  • Life Ain’t Gonna Lose (Samurai Egg): A human drama that displays the love between a mother and her son. Run Time: 15 minutes
  • Invisible (Tōmei Ningen): A self-proclaimed “spectacle action” short that focuses on the lonesome trials of an invisible man. Run Time: 14 Minutes

Ponoc Short Films Theater: Modest Heroes Poster VisualEach of the shorts will feature a different director:

  • Kanini & Kanino: Hiromasa Yonebayashi (Mary and The Witch’s Flower, The Secret World of Arrietty)
  • Life Ain’t Gonna Lose: Yoshiyuki Momose (Ghiblies Episode 2, Space Station No. 9)
  • Invisible: Akihiko Yamashita (A Sumo Wrestler’s Tail)

All three directors previously worked at Studio Ghibli on projects. Kanini & Kanino will be Yonebayashi’s first original feature.

The film’s composers are as follows:

  • Kanini & Kanino: Takatsugu Muramatsu
  • Life Ain’t Gonna Lose: Masanori Shimada
  • Invisible: Yasutaka Nakata

The confirmed voice cast includes:

  • Kanini (Kanini & Kanino): Fumino Kimura
  • Kanino (Kanini & Kanino): Rio Suzuki
  • Mama (Life Ain’t Gonna Lose): Machiko Ono
  • Shun (Life Ain’t Gonna Lose): Sōta Shinohara
  • Father (Life Ain’t Gonna Lose): Kentaro Sakaguchi
  • Doctor (Life Ain’t Gonna Lose): Kentaro Sakaguchi
  • Invisible Man (Invisible): Joe Odagiri
  • Blind Man (Invisible): Min Tanaka

Source: Eiga Natalie

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