Okko's Inn Blu-ray/DVD
About Okko's Inn Blu-ray/DVD
Okko's Inn is an anime film directed by Kitaro Kosaka, a key animator who worked on numerous classic films at Studio Ghibli, including Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke.
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, 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.
- Publisher: SHOUT FACTORY
- Media: Blu-ray
- Spoken Language: English, Japanese
- Subtitle Language: English
- Genre: Drama
- Themes: Slice of Life, Supernatural
- Age Rating: 7+
- Run Time: 100
- Year Created: 2018
- Release Date: 7/2/2019
- Dimensional Weight: 1
- Region Code: A
Ratings & Reviews
Charming and instantly likable.
by Jon Turner
After traumatically losing her parents, young Okko is sent to stay with her grandmother, who runs an inn. Befriended by some friendly ghosts that only she can see, Okko aspires to be a "junior innkeeper" and live up to her inn's legacy that "all are welcome". Directed by Studio Ghibli alumni Kitaro Kosaka, this beautiful animated tearjerker is a fine addition to the list of emotionally resonant features that have been coming out of Japan lately (A SILENT VOICE, and MAQUIA, to name some examples). Although it's more of a lighthearted, kid-friendly vehicle for the most part, Kosaka manages to make this tale filled with enough nuance, energy, and heart for even adults to be intrigued with. The dub is also another winner from NYAV Post, with Madigan Kacmar doing an outstanding job in the title role. If you ever decide to check out this charmer, I highly would recommend doing so.
Predictable but sweet and pleasant.
by Alan Rean
I didn't enjoy this as much as others did, but OKKO'S INN is still a charmer. It's a lovely, sweet film with a lovable lead character and equally charming supporting characters (the ghost companions are a riot). The story may be predictable, but it's got a lot of heart. I admittingly prefer the subbed, but the dub is also perfectly fine; everyone involved gives great performances. I found nothing grating about it. Either version is enjoyable. For a first time film, Kitaro Kosaka did a pretty good job. I wouldn't call this a classic, but it's worth looking into.
I saw this last week, both kids and adults will find this quite entertaining. It has lot of lessons for kids like trying your hardest to achieve one's goals in life. Okko was pretty cute and plucky.
Very cute, kid-appropriate
by mostly_harmless -
Charming, upbeat movie about a little girl who finds her place in the world after losing her parents.
She deals with some anxiety and stress in a few parts, and the car crash in the beginning could be a bit scary, but overall it's handled very gently.
The whole movie is very upbeat and happy.
Gorgeous animation, good dub.
Colorful but disappointing. Dub is pretty bad, too.
by Kenisato J
OKKO'S INN is certainly pretty to look at, but ultimately the film came across as a disappointment to me. Although the themes are commendable, the problem is that the film lacks heart and soul. It may be because Kitaro Kosaka hasn't figured out how to tell a story yet. I blame it on the fact that I watched this movie dubbed, which is pretty poorly acted and lacking in genuine emotion. It may not be the worst dub I've ever heard, but it's still one to avoid. Had I seen it in Japanese (and I'm positively sure it's miles better than the emotionless droning throughout the dub) I probably would have enjoyed it more. But alas, OKKO'S INN is at best mediocre. Too bad.
One to check out, buoyed by a great dub!
by Frank Guhn
My only quibble with this otherwise enjoyable animated film is that it ends. I was enjoying it so much that I wish it hadn't ended so soon. Even so, OKKO'S INN packs enough charm, heart, and soul into each of its 90 minutes. The ending had me in tears as well.
As for the dub, I think one would have to have a heart of stone to not be impressed by the performances here. Everyone sounds appropriately cast and natural. I especially liked Okko's English voice actress; she put a lot of heart and soul into her role, and it shows. I have no complaints, honestly.
For those who insist the sub is better, well, all I can say is pick one and enjoy. Not worth getting angry over.
A must have for your shelf
I really enjoyed this movie. It definitely reminded me of a Studio Ghibli movie which is always good. The movie takes on such different tones throughout. One moment there’s a fun chase through koinobori, then it focuses on a guest whose mother recently passed. But then it comes back up with a shopping montage. So the movie is a fun ride, but also makes you feel. All in all, I would recommend this one to anyone who likes the subtler Ghibli movies like Arrietty and When Marnie Was There.