The Clock family are four-inch-tall people who live anonymously in another family's residence, borrowing simple items to make their home. Life changes for the Clocks when their daughter, Arrietty, is discovered.
Anne is an orphan full of imagination. When she arrives at her new home she learns that sometimes you have to be a sensible person too; at the same time her unique character changes, or at ... See full summary »
Upon being sent to live with relatives in the countryside, an emotionally distant adolescent girl becomes obsessed with an abandoned mansion and infatuated with a girl who lives there - a girl who may or may not be real.
Chie Takemoto is a small dependable girl, who lives in Osaka with her dad. She has to goals - to get her troublesome father, who runs a tavern, some work and then get him to make up with her mother, who left him.
The Yamadas are a typical middle class Japanese family in urban Tokyo and this film shows us a variety of episodes of their lives. With tales that range from the humourous to the heartbreaking, we see this family cope with life's little conflicts, problems and joys in their own way. Written by
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A departure for Studio Ghibli, but definitely worth seeing!
This film is a definite departure for Studio Ghibli. It's the first Ghibli film to be 100% digital, and there is no real continuing storyline to the movie. Computers were used to achieve the watercolor-style coloring used throughout the movie. It's a collection of short vignettes based on the 4-panel comic strips by Hisaichi ISHII which continues to run the the Asahi Shinbun (the title of the comic has been changed to "Nono-chan").
My personal favorite is the appearance of Gekko Kamen (The Masked Moonbeam), based on a Japanese TV series by the same name from the 1950s or 1960s (I forget the exact years).
Not everyone will enjoy the film, and because of the many cultural references it will be a hard-sell outside of Japan, but it's definitely worth seeing.
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