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Studio Ghibli have made the official announcement that their next project, due summer 2010, will be an adaptation of Mary Norton’s prize winning novel The Borrowers. Entitled Kariqurashi no Arrietty (The Borrower Arrietty), the film relocates the tale of tiny people who “borrow” items from regular sized humans from 1950s England to modern day Tokyo. Whilst the book has been adapted several times, more often than not in the form of British films and television series, this project marks perhaps the most anticipated take on the material.
Karigushi no Arrietty is to be directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi who will be making his debut as a helmer having previously worked as an animator on the likes of Howl’s Moving Castle, Ponyo and Spirited Away. He is to be supervised on the project by the legendary Hayao Miyazaki. The film’s official Japanese web-site can be found here.
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- Kieron Casey
“Secret Couple” (a far better title than the rather familiar and misleading “My Girlfriend is an Agent”) is basically a Korean take on the recent Hollywood action couple comedy thriller “Mr and Mrs Smith”. Strangely enough, the film was directed by Shin Tae Ra, whose previous efforts were the intense, grisly serial killer horror “Black House” and the offbeat “Brain Wave”. Here, he turns his talents to an entirely different form, backed by an appealing pair of leads in the form of genre favourite Kim Ha Neul (also in the likes of “Lovers of Six Years”, “My Tutor Friend” and “Ice Rain”) and Kang Ji Hwan (recently excellent in “Rough Cut”), who last worked together on the television series “90 Days, Time for Love”. The film begins with the nerdy Jae Joon (Kang Ji Hwan) leaving the country after tearfully dumping his girlfriend Soo Ji (Kim Ha Neul) due to her deceitful ways, »
- James Mudge
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