TALES FROM EARTHSEA
GEDO SENKI
2006, Touchstone Pictures, 115 min, Japan, Dir: Goro Miyazaki

Writer Ursula K. Le Guin’s Earthsea series inspired this animated fantasy, the directorial debut of Hayao Miyazaki’s son, Gorō Miyazaki. Dragons battling in the skies are a sign that life has fallen out of balance; to restore it, troubled prince Arren and wizard Sparrowhawk must defeat the evil Lord Cob.


WHEN MARNIE WAS THERE
OMOIDE NO MÂNÎ
2015, GKIDS, 103 min, Japan, Dir: Hiromasa Yonebayashi

In the latest animated marvel from Studio Ghibli, 12-year-old Anna (Sara Takatsuki) spends the summer in a small seaside town, where she discovers an abandoned mansion. She later meets one of the house’s previous inhabitants, a blond girl named Marnie (Kasumi Arimura) - whose connection to Anna is deeper than it first appears. Ghibli’s usual visual splendor and a fine score by Takatsugu Muramatsu add a touch of mystery to this reflective drama about family and memory.


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