Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Kubo and the Two Strings Review

[Media Invite]

When we travelled to Okinawa (Japan) in June, we saw this traditional instrument called samisen (三味線). It was interesting to see how this Japanese traditional instrument turned into a magical weapon in the movie Kubo and the Two Strings!

image source: United International Pictures Singapore

About the Movie

The setting is in ancient Japan, a young Japanese boy named Kubo leads a quiet life with his ill mother in a small village, until two evil twin sisters of his mother appear. He embarks on a journey in search of 3 pieces of armour in order to survive. Along the way, he befriends the kindhearted Monkey and the clumsy Beetle as he fends off the vengeful Moon King and two evil twin sisters with his samisen, a magical stringed instrument. This stop-motion-animated adventure from Laika was directed by Travis Knight.

Rating: PG
Duration: 102 minutes
Genre: Animation
Release Date in Singapore: 8 September 2016
Website with trailer: http://www.kubothemovie.com

Our Verdict:

When I first watched the trailer of Kubo and the Two Strings, I thought it was just an adventure of Kubo in search of 3 pieces of armour. But after watching the movie, I found that this is a story filled with imagination and love, and I enjoyed the humour!

Kubo earns his living by storytelling with his samisen and origami, this simply fires the imagination of the audience. I was particularly emotional to see how his mother scarified herself to protect her child. The story also touches on the life after death, which made me ponder on after watching the movie.

For my children, they could appreciate the humour, and they liked the clumsy and funny Beetle! They were quite sad to know that the child lost his parents (Oops! Sorry for the spoiler!), and were a bit scared by some of the fighting scenes.

Disclaimer: We were invited to the movie preview of Kubo and the Two Strings. No monetary compensation was received. All opinions are mine.

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