The House of Small Cubes

Animation, written by Kenya Hirat, directed by Kunio Kato. Japan.

An old man lives in a little house atop a mighty tower. All but his room is underwater. There is a whole city down there, teetering spires narrowing to a few little shacks on the surface. The old man fishes through a hatch in the floor and drinks a glass of wine each night.

One morning the water has risen and come into his house, so he builds another, slightly smaller house on top and moves in. A hatch opens into the flooded house below and enables him to fish. But he drops his pipe!

Donning scuba gear he enters the flooded levels, retrieving his pipe but being assailed by memories of the life he lead in each progressively deeper domicile. Descending to the very bottom he finds a wine glass, half of a toast he drank with his wife the day they moved into their first, ground-level home, before the flood.

Returning to the surface he fills the retrieved glass, then his own.



6 Responses to “The House of Small Cubes”

  1. That sounds wonderful, I hope I can see it one day.

  2. It’s gorgeous. Been doing the festival rounds, some kind of DVD release on a collection of shorts seems inevitable.

  3. […] was touching as well. Written by Kenya Hirat, “Cubes” has everything about it to admire. Maybe my favorite film of the night, no wonder it won the Crystal at this year’s Annecy […]

  4. i saw this at annecy last week and it was a clear favorite, full of style and emotion. very well made. i hope i can get a copy of it somwhere as i really want to show people. funny thing was, i went to the wrong screening by mistake, but im very glad i did. a must see for anyone who loves story telling.

  5. Beautiful, eh? Well, after its Oscar success I hope it’ll be easy to obtain.

  6. i saw this at cerrs

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: