I had the wonder of watching this movie despite being incredibly sick, and I will likely watch it again and again for the rest of my days.
Little Door Gods is about two brothers, a pair of guardian spirits, during a time of financial crisis in the spirit world– a crisis born of human neglect for the Gods. As humans lose faith, the crisis increases. Many spirits lose their jobs and even their homes! What is a spirit to do? The humans do not need them, so they do not remember them– and if they do not remember them, they do not honor them. It’s not like there’s a way they can force them to need the Gods again.
I do love this movie. I have so many good things to say about it, and so few I can’t tell you without spoiling the movie for you. If you read any of my reviews, you know that I will not do that one.
But some things I can do: I can tell you this movie has a great set of moral teaching. It teaches patience, and how to adapt to change. It teaches mortality, or a strain of it, I suppose. It teaches vengeance, and how it hurts, and who it hurts. It teaches humility, and honoring your ancestors, and love of family.
This movie depicts more morals than I have seen a number of Western movies for a long time.
I don’t know of it in English. I watched it with English Subbing, and I’m sure some of the nuances I missed because I don’t speak the language its audio is in. That didn’t stop me from being endlessly entertained by all the little pieces of the movie, the dialog between characters, and the little bits of the mythology I could understand. It was beautiful, and I would love to see it– and many more like it– become common things to watch and enjoy.