KUBO AND THE STRINGS (2016)
Kubo And The Two Strings || In feudal Japan, 12-year-old eyepatched Kubo tends to his ill mother Sariatu in a mountain cave near a village. He earns their living by magically manipulating origami with music from his shamisen for the village folk, telling the tale of his missing father Hanzo, a samurai warrior. Kubo is never able to finish his story, as he does not know what happened to Hanzo and Sariatu cannot recall the end due to her deteriorating mental state. Sariatu warns him not to stay out after dark as her Sisters, Karasu and Washi, and his grandfather, the Moon King (who took his eye when he was a baby) will find him and take his remaining eye.
One day, Kubo learns of the village’s Bon festival allowing them to speak to deceased loved ones. Kubo attends but is angry that Hanzo does not appear from his lantern, and forgets to return home before sunset. Karasu and Washi quickly find him and attack, but Sariatu suddenly appears and uses her magic to send Kubo far away, telling him to find his father’s armor.
Kubo wakes up in a distant land to find Monkey, his wooden snow monkey charm, has come alive. Monkey tells him Sariatu is gone and the village destroyed. With help of “Little Hanzo”, an origami figure based on Kubo’s father, they set out to find the armor. Along the way, they meet Beetle, an amnesiac samurai who was cursed to take the form of a stag beetle/human hybrid but believes himself to have been Hanzo’s apprentice. Kubo, Monkey, and Beetle reclaim the “Sword Unbreakable” from a cave guarded by a giant skeleton. They cross the Long Lake in a leaf boat to locate the “Breastplate Impenetrable” deep underwater.
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure
Actors: Art Parkinson, Charlize Theron, Rooney Mara
Directors: Travis Knight
Production: Focus Features, Laika Entertainment
Duration: 101 Menit
Release Date: 18 August 2016