Movie Web: Coming from Focus features, the story takes place in ancient Japan. Kubo (Art Parkinson) is a one-eyed boy who lives with his sickly mother in a mountain cave. Each day he takes his shamisen, a three-stringed instrument, to the village square. He supports his mother by singing wondrous tales of adventure and heroism. Kubo's music is imbued with magic. He has the power to control objects with song. His favorite medium, squares of brightly colored paper. The pieces fold into the characters of his tall tales. Kubo never gives away the ending, always leaving the rapt villagers wanting more.