Akin to the Disney of Japan, with a huge following around the globe, Studio Ghibli movies have the unique distinction of being among the few Japanese films that get widespread release across the United States.
The latest film to grace the silver screen here in the US will be The Secret World Of Arrietty, a re-imagining of the classic English tale The Borrowers. Showing across a record number of 1200 screens, the film will be coming out tomorrow, February 17th.
While some of you may have already seen the Japanese version, or plan to catch The Secret World Of Arrietty after it’s available for at-home viewing, I highly encourage you to go see the film in theaters for a few different reasons.
One, the viewing experience. There is very little that compares to seeing an animated movie with fantastic visuals on the big screen.
Two, the fans. While there might be a handful of people who will be overly excitable (I’m looking at you rambunctious individuals who yell at the screen and kick the back of my chair), the truth is that it’s really nice to be surrounded by others who are just as excited about a movie as you are.
Three, voting with your dollar. While stunning visuals and anime camaraderie are all good things, one of the most important things about seeing Japanese films when they’re available in theaters is that purchasing a ticket sends a message to Disney (the one putting the film out for release in the US) and other studios that fans here in the US are willing to support the widespread theatrical releases of Studio Ghibli films here in the states.
And beyond sponsoring just Ghibli films, who knows: maybe we’ll be able to get even more Japanese films showing on a larger number of screens nationwide if the financial benefit (in the eyes of studios) is worth it. Because while some Asian films do make it into art or student cinemas, larger theatre franchises generally don’t pick them up.
I’ll get off my soapbox now, but I know that there are those of you who also care deeply about making more Asian and Japanese media available here in the United States, and ‘voting with your dollar’ is definitely a step toward making that happen.
Below you’ll find a small blurb about the The Secret World Of Arrietty from the official website along with the full-length theatrical trailer. If you’d like to see the trailer in the original Japanese, you can do that here.
Residing quietly beneath the floorboards are little people who live undetected in a secret world to be discovered, where the smallest may stand tallest of all…