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Pacific Rim Diaries: Miyazaki's latest, "The Secret World of Arrietty"

by The Madeleine Brand Show

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Oscar-winning Japanese animator and film director Hayao Miyazaki walks past a advertising board for a photo session following the release of his animated movie "Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea" at a theater in Tokyo. TORU YAMANAKA/AFP/Getty Images

Japanese animation master Hayao Miyazaki has taken audiences into fantastical worlds with films like "Howl's Moving Castle" and "Princess Mononoke," and now his Studio Ghibli returns with "The Secret World of Arrietty." The film is directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi, making his debut as the youngest director of a Studio Ghibli film.

It's based on Mary Norton's classic children's book, "The Borrowers," about a family of tiny people who survive by borrowing from the giants they live among.

"The Secret World of Arrietty" was originally released in 2010 to Japanese audiences. The film garnered widespread acclaim, winning the Japan Academy Prize in Animation of the Year, and grossing $126 million worldwide. The film is being distributed by Disney in the U.S. for wide release beginning tomorrow.


Roland Kelts, author of "Japanamerica," is here for another installment of his series, "Pacific Rim Diary."

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