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The House of Small Cubes (2008)

Tsumiki no ie (original title)
To save his house from rising flood waters, an old man uses bricks to build it higher, then he relives events from his past while searching for his dropped pipe.

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Kunio Kato
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Credited cast:
Masami Nagasawa ... Narrator
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As his town is flooded by water, an old man is forced to add additional levels onto his home with bricks (cubes) in order to stay dry. But when he accidentally drops his favorite smoking pipe into the lower levels of his home, his search for the pipe eventually makes him relive scenes from his eventful life. Written by btop

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

14 July 2011 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

La maison en petits cubes See more »

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Robot Communications See more »
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Stereo

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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The original Japanese title translated literally to English means "the house in little cubes." See more »

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The Japanese DVD release includes a version with Japanese titles as well as narration by Masami Nagasawa. See more »

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Well worth twelve minutes.
6 September 2018 | by averyodaSee all my reviews

While the metaphors in Tsumiki no ie are not as deep as the sub-nautical setting, they do not need to be. Everything that "The House of Small Cubes" attempts to convey is clear enough bring about emotion, and concise enough to be understood upon first viewing. Consistent with Japanese minimalism, the animation and art style are both beautiful and elegant. Kenji Kondo's soundtrack; ever withdrawn and ambient, delivers just enough emotional impact at the right points to help the flow of the film while not being overbearing.

Tsumiki no ie is a wonderful twelve minute experience which deserves all of the praise it has received.


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