The Frida Cinema

Orange County's Year-Round Film Festival

The Wonderland

The Wonderland

Award-winning anime director Keiichi Hara returns with The Wonderland, a visually stunning coming-of-age drama reminiscent of early Miyazaki films.

On the day before her birthday, young Akane is taken by the mysterious alchemist Hippocrates through a basement and into a fantastical world full of magic and color. He reveals that not only is this world in danger but also that, as the “Green Goddess”, it is her destiny and responsibility to save this world. The only problem? Akane just wants to go home.

The Wonderland offers a novel retelling of the Lewis Carroll classic with rich animation and captivating world-building.

All screenings will be presented in the film’s original Japanese with English subtitles.


“Hara crafts a fascinating and lavish film, which is high on craft and even higher on action and energy.” – Joshua Brunsting, Criterion Cast

“The animation is stunning, as are the designs of the world. Most interesting though is the attention to detail.” – Luke Ryan Baldock, The Hollywood News

“Working with Russian illustrator Ilya Kuvshinov on character design and world concepts, Keiichi Hara offers a visual feast of contrasts.” – Allan Hunter, Screen Daily