Acclaimed Japanese animation production house Studio Ghibli - co-founded by legendary animation director Miyazaki Hayao - is back with its latest production two years after Ponyo. While Miyazaki co-wrote and produced The Borrower Arrietty, directing duty has been handed this time over to Yonebayashi Hiromasa, who has been working at the studio as an animator since Princess Mononoke. With this film, Yonebayashi became the youngest director of a Studio Ghibli film.
Based on The Borrowers by British author Mary Norton, The Borrower Arrietty takes place in a world in which tiny people called Borrowers rely on "borrowing" tiny objects inside the human house they inhibit to maintain their survival. Young actress Shida Mirai (Nobody to Watch Over Me) voices main character Arrietty, a young Borrower who strikes up an unlikely friendship with a young human boy whose kindness unwittingly sends Arrietty on a harrowing adventure. Taking place entirely inside a Japanese countryside home, the filmmakers' attention to literally miniscule details easily makes up for its simple story and its lack of Miyazaki's brand of grand themes. Also featuring the voices of Kirin Kiki, Fujiwara Tetsuya, and Tomokazu Miura, The Borrower Arrietty is the highest-grossing Japanese film at the Japanese box office in 2010, and it's also the winner of the Best Animated Film Grand Prize at the Japan Academy Prize.
- Release Date: 2011-10-26
- Language: Japanese
- Subtitles: English, Korean
- Country of Origin: Japan
- Disc Format(s): DVD
- Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan)
- Publisher: Dae Won Media
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