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Tales from Earthsea (2006)
"Gedo senki" (original title)

PG-13  |   |  Animation, Adventure, Fantasy  |  29 July 2006 (Japan)
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In a mythical land, a man and a young boy investigate a series of unusual occurrences.



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Credited cast:
Jun'ichi Okada ...
Arren (voice)
Aoi Teshima ...
Theru (voice)
Bunta Sugawara ...
Haitaka (voice)
Yûko Tanaka ...
Cob (voice)
Hare (voice)
Jun Fubuki ...
Tenar (voice)
Takashi Naitô ...
Hazia dealer (voice)
Mitsuko Baishô ...
The Mistress (voice)
Yui Natsukawa ...
The Queen (voice)
The King (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Additional Voices (voice)
Additional Voices (voice) (as Suzanne Blakeslee)
Additional Voices (voice)
Cob (voice)
Ged / Sparrowhawk (voice)


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 »

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

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Release Date:

29 July 2006 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Contos de Terramar  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£25,253 (UK) (3 August 2007)


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

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1.85 : 1
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Initially, "Earthsea" author Ursula K. Le Guin wanted Hayao Miyazaki to direct the film. At the time, however, the elder Miyazaki was tied up working on Howl's Moving Castle (2004), and thus could not come on board at the right time. Not wanting to pass up the opportunity to make the film, Miyazaki's son Gorô Miyazaki stepped up to the plate and decided to make this his first film. See more »


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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A very solid debut from a man standing in a gigantic fatherly shadow.
22 May 2007 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Better than I expected, a fantastic debut from Goro Miyazaki (son of Hayao Miyazaki) and a worthy addition to Ghibli's consistently brilliant catalog. It follows the prince Arren, as he runs from his kingdom and encounters a wizard named Ged. From here, he is drawn into a classic good versus evil battle. Goro Miyazaki's film bares a lot of similarities to his father's films, but lacks some of the whimsical nature that makes Hayao's movies so distinct. Tales from Earthsea is a more subdued film than films such as Spirited Away and Porco Rosso, and doesn't really hit the emotional or imaginative heights that Hayao Miyazaki's films do. But this isn't always a bad thing - It's simply Goro's style, and this element makes his film a more traditional, perhaps more sensible narrative. Goro has taken a somewhat conservative route with this film - visually and audibly it's classic Ghibli, full of lush environments and excellent animation. In terms of narrative, it carries classic Ghibli (particularly Miyazaki) hallmarks - epic battles of good and evil, cathartic journeys, and the hospitality and grace of ordinary people - but it also has more of a traditional narrative. Good and evil are, unlike many his father's films, clearly defined, and the events of the film lack the extravagance (and imagination) of Hayao's films. It's a wise move - rather than try to re-invent the wheel, Goro has made a wonderfully solid and cohesive film.

To simply compare Goro Miyazaki (and his film) to his father is unfair and sells a great movie short - he has obviously inherited a tremendous flair for storytelling, and with Ghibli's animation team behind him, has created a fantastic debut film. There's another Miyazaki in town - and i can't wait to see where he goes next.

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