Movie Review #4: The Secret World of Arrietty

Directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi

Produced by Toshio Suzuki

Screenplay by Hayao Miyazaki/Keiko Niwa

Music by Cécile Corbel

Studio Studio Ghibli

Distributed by Japan: Toho, International: Walt Disney

 Release Date July 17, 2010

 Running time 94 minutes

 Country Japan

Budget US$ 23million

Box Office $126,368,084

PLOT from Wikipedia

“The story takes place in 2010 in Koganei, western Tokyo and like the novel revolves around a group of “tiny people” who are 10 cm tall and live under the floorboards of a typical human household.

A boy named Shō arrives at the house his mother lived in as a child, to live with his great aunt Sadako. When Shō leaves the car, he sees a cat trying to attack something in the bushes, but the cat leaves after being attacked by a crow. Shō goes to see what the cat was trying to attack. He then sees a Borrower named Arrietty.

That night Arrietty’s father Pod takes Arrietty above the floorboards to show her how he gets sugar. Their first stop is the kitchen, then they walk within a wall to reach a dollhouse in Shō’s bedroom, to get tissue. Before Arrietty and Pod can leave, Arrietty notices Shō is awake, and accidentally drops the sugar cube they got. Shō tells them not to be afraid of him.

The next day, Shō leaves the dropped sugar cube beside an underground air vent where he first saw Arrietty, but Arrietty’s mother Homily warns them not to take it because their existence must be kept secret from humans. Still, Arrietty sneaks out to visit Shō in his bedroom, and the two become friends. On her return, Arrietty is intercepted by her father. Pod and Homily realize they have been discovered, and decide the family must move out of the house.”

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Two days ago I was talking with friends and they proposed going to the movie theater to watch this movie. It’s not famous here and for this reason we had to find a place where it’s on screen. Anyway, for many reason I couldn’t join them but when they told me that the screenplay is by Hayao Miyazaki (the same person who directed the first movie that I reviewed two months ago. I think that from now, if I see his name close to the movie title, I’ll watch for sure because I saw three of his movies and I love all of them! In fact I want to see also the others movie that he directed..Yes yes!

What were we talking…Oh yes…The movie! Also if I could go with my friends to watch it, I found the movie on internet and I watched it at home. Unfortunatly I didn’t find the english version but only the japanese version with english subtitles..It was good enough because I enjoyed it at the same way! I like the story, it’s really simple but never expected. The animation is really good and I prefer it 100 times more than last movies of Pixar of something like them. Probably because I’m devoted to the old style of make a animation movie and not too much of the new style like Pixar where the movies are only digital creation (they are still good movies).

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Rating:   |*||*||*||*||*||*||*||*||*||.5|  9.5/10


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