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Tales From Earthsea
When Ghibli met Le Guin

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Rival wizards clash in a magical world as Studio Ghibli adapts the complex stories of Ursula K. Le Guin

Tales From Earthsea

Cult sci-fi and fantasy author Ursula K. Le Guin does not write books that are easy to adapt. But then, Studio Ghibli doesn’t make obvious adaptations.

So it is that we have this complex story of Sparrowhawk (Dalton), the most powerful wizard in Earthsea, and his attempts to protect a prince from the evil machinations of a rival wizard (Dafoe).

The film departs significantly from the book, bringing in the usual Ghibli themes of environmental balance, inner peace and struggle with one’s own dark side, but it still finds time for the magical set-pieces that set this studio’s work apart. On this evidence, director Goro Miyazaki (son of Hayao) is a chip off the old block and a talent to watch.


Tales From Earthsea Tales From Earthsea
Released: 28 January 2007
A very enthusiastic Japanese TV documentary, English and Japanese audio, plus other snippets.

The set pieces make this well worth watching while director Goro Miyazaki shows he's truly his father's son.

Reviewed by Helen O'Hara

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A lil too long but still worthy of Ghibli

My only problem with this film is that it may be a little too long. However, having only seen it once this may change after having seen it a couple more times. The film is far darker than most Ghibli works which is good as it offers something new to Studio Ghibli. Goro does a good job of directing his first feature and although the film has flaws he has the potential to work towards greatness that his father has shown. Goro is his father's son but he is also clearly a darker character which is ... More

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Posted by mafyou at 12:52, 04 February 2008 | Report This Post

Long To Get On With.

Tales From Earthsea is a visually stunning beauty with rich colurs and beautiful art work. But the bad thing about it was it took so long to get on with and when it did, it was the best and really scary scenes of the bad guy played by Willem Defoe. He was evil, I'm quite surpised it got away with a PG because of the blood, the dark story and his evil face. It's not as got as Oscar winner Sprited Away or my fave Howl's Moving Castle but it's a good one that isn't the main guy on the camera seat, ... More

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Posted by joanna likes films at 10:25, 03 February 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Tales From Earthsea

Saw it yesterday and not expecting much following the iffy reviews but have never missed a Ghibli yet so there was never a question of me not seeing it.   Tales of Earthsea could be to Studio Ghibli what Cars was to Pixar, a good film that got a critical kicking because the tabloid journos think that the studio deserves one after making so many good films. Like Cars, Earthsea isn't perfect but it's a lot better than the reviews say and if you're a fan of the previous work then there's ... More

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Posted by Bulletproof_Monk at 10:20, 31 August 2007 | Report This Post

Tales From Earthsea

Anyone who knows their anime will know about the team behind this latest release, the mighty Studio Ghibli. Lesser well known is the director, Goro Miyazaki (son of head honcho, Hayao). The signs are initially encouraging. The opening half an hour reminded me of early Ghibli masterpieces, Nausicaa Of The Valley Of The Wind & Laputa - the epic scope, a land in decline, a young hero/heroine with a mission of discovery ahead of them... However, Tales From Earthsea then takes a bit of a nosedive... More

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Posted by whiterussian77 at 16:46, 11 August 2007 | Report This Post

Whilst the full potential of this film was never realised, and story became somewhat confusing towards the end, it is certainly worth seeing for some truely stunning visual moments and imaginative ideas, as well as one of the most amazing soundtracks I've ever heard. ... More

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Posted by wee_retty at 17:08, 08 August 2007 | Report This Post

Tales from Earthsea, the new feature released by Studio Ghibli, was directed and co-written by Goro Miyazaki, son of the studio’s primary auteur and widely acclaimed genius, Hayao Miyazaki. Earthsea is Goro’s debut at the helm, and therefore is thrust in the spotlight as a marker of his ‘worthiness’ to his father. The film has received mixed reviews, garnering overwhelming support in Japan and a slightly cautious welcome elsewhere. Indeed, detractors may say that momentum... More

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