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

Director:

Gorô Miyazaki

Writers:

Ursula K. Le Guin (novel), Gorô Miyazaki (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jun'ichi Okada ... Arren (voice)
Aoi Teshima Aoi Teshima ... Theru (voice)
Bunta Sugawara ... Haitaka (voice)
Yûko Tanaka Yûko Tanaka ... Cob (voice)
Teruyuki Kagawa ... Hare (voice)
Jun Fubuki Jun Fubuki ... Tenar (voice)
Takashi Naitô Takashi Naitô ... Hazia Dealer (voice)
Mitsuko Baishô Mitsuko Baishô ... The Mistress (voice)
Yui Natsukawa ... The Queen (voice)
Kaoru Kobayashi ... The King (voice)
Timothy Dalton ... Ged / Sparrowhawk (voice)
Willem Dafoe ... Cob (voice)
Matt Levin ... Prince Arren (voice)
Cheech Marin ... Hare (voice)
Mariska Hargitay ... Tenar (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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Parts of the film were inspired by and borrowed heavily from Hayao Miyazaki's graphic novel, The Journey of Shauna. Hayao also re-used elements from his book for his own directorial efforts, such as Princess Mononoke (1997) and Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984). See more »

Quotes

Haitaka: Now listen to me, Aaren: No man nor any living thing in this world preserves their life forever. But only to men is it given to know that we must die, and that is a precious gift. This life that is both our torment and our treasure was never meant to endure for eternity. Life is a wave on the sea. Would you force the sea to grow still to save one wave? To save yourself?
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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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A wonderful vision, if not a faithful adaptation
30 November 2006 | by dancegethsemaneSee all my reviews

I am a great fan of the LeGuin books, and when I learned that Studio Ghibli was going to be involved in making of the film I eagerly looked forward to its release. I hoped it would make up for the awful SciFi Channel-aired film. The good news in this outing is, there is genuine respect for the source material, even if it is not done genuine honor.

The plot of the film is an amalgamation of elements of several of the Earthsea books, creating a new villain and having characters interact that indeed barely met in the books. While I could not help but feel disappointed by these changes, the film is still visually enjoyable to behold. It does not compare as favorably to Howl's Moving Castle, a story drastically altered from its own source material that still manages to stand on its own as a story.

I could not help but think, as I watched the character Arren develop, why? Why, when there is such wonderful source material, that his introduction came across so muddled and poorly reasoned. I viewed the film with someone who had never read the books, and she really enjoyed it. Despite the film's shortcomings, you generally care for the cast by the end.


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Release Date:

29 July 2006 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Tales from Earthsea See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,614, 15 August 2010

Gross USA:

$48,658

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$68,673,762
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Dolby Digital EX | DTS-ES

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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