Director: Mamoru Hosoda. 119 min. Rated PG-13. Japan. Animation.
Werner Herzog once said: "We are surrounded by worn-out images, and we deserve new ones." He probably didn't have an animation in mind when he said that, but this Japanese cartoon (yes of course, only a Japanese cartoon) entails that notion all the same, giving us new images to cherish. And by that, I mean a dark warrior with a hole in his heart, becoming a giant whale in a busy Tokyo street, to defeat an enlightened warrior, whose master has metamorphosed into a golden sword to embed into and strengthen his apprentice's heart. Yeah, you get the idea.
PS: Another great animation, and another great recommendation. Thank you, Ali S.