In the film our protagonist, Kubo, is a young storyteller who uses a shamisen to channel magic and bring his stories to life through origami. The movie is set in ancient Japan in an unidentified region, though at a Q&A I attended, director Travis Knight identified the architecture as Heian Era and a main visual influence as sosaku hanga artist Kiyoshi Saito, best known for his snow landscapes that capture Aizu Wakamatsu, Fukushima (one of my family’s hometowns).
When his mysterious origins come back to terrorize him and his mother faces off with her ruthless, magical sisters rocking some Beyonce-level hats, Kubo goes on an adventure with a magical monkey and a strange beetle warrior to find a suit of armor that his legendary father once sought.
It makes more sense when you see the film. It sounds five words away from a dumpster fire when you don’t -- thankfully, it isn't.Read More