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In a mythical land, a man and a young boy investigate a series of unusual occurrences.

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Cast

Credited cast:
Jun'ichi Okada ...
Arren (voice)
Aoi Teshima ...
Theru (voice)
Bunta Sugawara ...
Haitaka (voice)
Yûko Tanaka ...
Cob (voice)
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Hare (voice)
Jun Fubuki ...
Tenar (voice)
Takashi Naitô ...
Hazia dealer (voice)
Mitsuko Baishô ...
The Mistress (voice)
Yui Natsukawa ...
The Queen (voice)
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The King (voice)
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Ged / Sparrowhawk (voice)
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Storyline

Something bizarre has come over the land. The kingdom is deteriorating. People are beginning to act strange... What's even more strange is that people are beginning to see dragons, which shouldn't enter the world of humans. Due to all these bizarre events, Ged, a wandering wizard, is investigating the cause. During his journey, he meets Prince Arren, a young distraught teenage boy. While Arren may look like a shy young teen, he has a severe dark side, which grants him strength, hatred, ruthlessness and has no mercy, especially when it comes to protecting Teru. For the witch Kumo this is a perfect opportunity. She can use the boy's "fears" against the very one who would help him, Ged. Written by Anime News Network

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Once humans and dragons were one. Then, humans chose land and sea, and dragon chose wind and fire. [Japanese release] See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some violent images | See all certifications »

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29 July 2006 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Contos de Terramar  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£25,253 (UK) (3 August 2007)

Gross:

$48,043 (USA) (27 August 2010)
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Trivia

Hayao Miyazaki wanted to direct the film but was busy filming Howl's Moving Castle (2004) at the time. Producer Toshio Suzuki choose Gorô Miyazaki to direct since he was impressed by Goro's talent of making decisions quickly and properly while working in the Ghibli Museum, and his ability to draw pictures. Hayao was against Goro directing and production was very tense. See more »

Quotes

Haitaka: Listen to me, Aaren: everything you see under the sun and stars owes its very existence to the balance: the wind and seas, the powers of earth and light, all these do is well and rightly done within the equilibrium. But now, men hold the power to control the world. Men must learn to do what leaf and whale and wind do naturally. It is for us to keep the balance. Everything that exists has its true name. The power of magic is nothing more than the power to command based on the knowledge of a ...
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Connections

Featured in New York, I Love You (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Therru's Song
Lyrics by Gorô Miyazaki and music by Hiroko Taniyama
Performed by Aoi Teshima
Lyrics inspired by "Kokomo", a poem by Sakutaro Hagiwara
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Confusing and doesn't make sense if you haven't read the books.
4 August 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I've just come back from seeing this movie in the cinema. Being a devoted Studio Ghibli fan, going to see one of their movies on the big screen was an exciting event for which I had high expectations (I avoided reading any reviews). I am sorry to say that these were not met.

Having never read any of the books this film is based on, a lot of it didn't make any sense. Most of the concepts and character motivations are not given adequate exposition and a lot of things that you think will be resolved and explained as the movie goes on are never expanded upon (or indeed, resolved). Without giving anything away, the main character commits an outrageous action (especially for Ghibli heroes) at the start of the film, but the motivation for said action is not adequately expanded upon and he never really redeems himself (which makes it very difficult to engage with him for the rest of the film). It nearly felt like I was being punished for not being familiar with the source material.

The middle section is very slow moving, in fact nearly all of the action is to be seen at the beginning and towards the finale. Coupled with the lack of exposition on what's actually going on, it seemed like the film was just treading water, waiting for something interesting to happen (and in a 130 minute film, that's a bad thing!).

The ending, while being emotionally rousing and a spectacular set-piece, doesn't really make a lot of sense, as nearly all of the film focuses on a different protagonist than the one that eventually ends up saving the day.

Technically this film is not a patch on Spirited away, Howl's moving castle or Princess Mononoke, in fact the animation is more reminiscent of earlier Studio Ghibli films, such as Nausicaa (however these had wonderful stories to make them instant classics). The only thing that distinguishes it are the lighting effects, which are often superlative.

The music is great and very atmospheric.

Overall I'd have to say that it's worth watching when it comes out on TV, but not good enough to warrant making a trip to one of few cinemas showing it in the UK, or buying it full price on DVD, and this is something that I never thought I'd hear myself say as a die-hard (and now very disappointed) Studio Ghibli fan.

One final thing, this film has no sense of humour. The movie takes itself overwhelmingly serious with none of the "larger than life" magic that people have come to associate with Studio Ghibli.


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