2019 | Kitarô Kôsaka | Japan | Japanese with English subtitles | 94 min | PG
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.
The latest feature from famed anime studio Madhouse and director Kitarô Kôsaka, who was 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.
“The touching animated feature OKKO’S INN offers an unusual ghost story that follows Japanese traditions, and feels very different from its American counterparts.” — Charles Solomon, Los Angeles Times
“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.” — David Ehrlich, indieWire
“With such a brief window to see OKKO’S INN, make your reservations now so as not to miss your chance to experience Okko’s journey for yourself.” — Douglas Davidson, Elements of Madness