Modest Heroes / Chiisana Eiyuu: Kani to Tamago to Toumei Ningen
Review by: John Fragglepuss Evans
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Short Films
First Released: August 2018, three 18-minute short films
Summary: Modest Heroes consists of three short films by different Studio Ponoc directors. Kanini & Kanino is the first film, directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi (Director of Mary and the Witch’s Flower, When Marnie Was There, The Secret World of Arrietty). The story follows two crab siblings and their father as they go on an adventure to find the lost members of their family. The second film is Life Ain’t Gonna Lose, directed by Yoshiyuke Momose (Long time Studio Ghibli animator). Shun has a severe egg allergy. It is up to him and his mother to ensure he doesn’t get exposed to egg and have a life-threatening reaction. The last film is Invisible, directed by Akihiko Yamashita (Long time character designer). It follows the lonely struggle of an invisible man.
Modest Heroes is a visual feast. Each of the three short films use a different artwork to portray their vision. The characters are beautifully drawn, and the backgrounds are breathtaking. It’s incredible how they are able to animate an invisible person. Each story is different in tone, but they all complement each other well to make a great show. I was impressed how they were able to grab my attention time after time, regardless of the story. One of the stories is simply about a boy with an allergy, yet it had me crying by the end!
You might enjoy this if: You are in the mood for a couple short stories that will have you laughing and crying.
You might not like it if: You want a full movie instead of a couple shorties.
Note to the Viewer: Modest Heroes was originally set to be four short films, the fourth being directed by Isao Takahata, who unfortunately passed away in April 2018. As a result, the film was limited to three segments.
Modest Heroes: Official Trailer