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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Anime from Japan.
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Violence & Scariness
Movie centers on three teens who join forces to find and interact with the ghost of a teen girl who is believed to have committed suicide. Suicide attempt by jumping off a building. Talk of suicide, characters have suicidal thoughts. Later, the movie reveals that the teen girl (the "Summer Ghost") didn't commit suicide, but was hit and killed by a car, and the driver of the vehicle buried her alive in a suitcase. In one scene, bullies dump water on a teen girl. Talk of being bullied at school.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Summer Ghost is a 2022 anime in which three teens search for the ghost of a teen girl rumored to have committed suicide. Suicide is a dominant theme of this short anime, and in one scene, a character attempts suicide by jumping off of a building. What's later revealed is that the teen girl didn't commit suicide, but was hit and killed by a car and the driver of the vehicle buried her alive in a suitcase. Bullying in one scene -- bullies dump water on a teen girl. Talk of being bullied at school. Infrequent mild language such as "damn" and "hell." To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This is a moving short anime that uses magical realism to explore difficult topics. Summer Ghost tells the story of three teens on a quest during summer vacation to track down the ghost of a teen girl rumored to have committed suicide after being bullied in school. It's a sad movie that takes an even darker twist later in the movie, and while it will most certainly be a difficult watch for those who are traumatized by the topics the movie addresses, it remains a powerful coming-of-age movie.
The fact that it's only 40 minutes helps to keep the movie focused and consistent. Whereas other anime would be likely to pad a story like this with an extra hour (at least) of endless side stories, back stories, and world creation, this story is told economically, and is therefore one not easily forgotten, and not only because of the story and its themes.
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