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STAR RATINGS EXPLAINED
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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
U
Cast
Noriko Hidaka
Chika Sakamoto.
Directors
Hayao Miyazaki.
Screenwriters
Hayao Miyazaki.
Running Time
86 minutes

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Plot
1950s Japan. When her father Tatsuo, a uni professor, moves the family to a dusty old house to be closer to their sick mum, young Mei takes comfort in a strangely wonderful alternative world haunted by soot spirits and magical creatures.


Review
My Neighbour Totoro

A welcome theatrical re-release for Hayao Miyazaki’s tender, gorgeous masterpiece about two young sisters who move house and befriend a cuddly forest spirit (and a catbus). Smartly double-billed with Isao Takahata’s heart-smashing Grave Of The Fireflies — a far less optimistic view of childhood.


Verdict
An otherworldly tale of childhood and a definitive work of imagination.


Reviewed by Dan Jolin

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