Tales from Earthsea

Fear can poison the souls of humans, but where there is shadow, there is light and with it life. A Japanese animated adaptation of Ursula K. Le Guin's famous fantasy saga.

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Japan 2006
  • Czech
116 min.
  • This film is available until 31. 7. 2028 in these territories: Czechia, Slovakia.

The balance of light and darkness in the world of Earthsea is tilted, people are losing their certainties, losing faith in themselves, and even wizards are losing their abilities. The young Prince Arren, plagued by anxiety, flees from the royal court under disturbing circumstances. An encounter with the archmage Sparrowhawk sets the course for his aimless journey. On their journey together, Arren meets the girl Therru, who hides a great secret within. Arren becomes interested in Sparrowhawk's old adversary, the mischievous mage Cob, who is reincarnated as a woman and who seeks the secret of eternal life. Fear of death initially drives Arren, like the Cob, to darkness. But the hero learns that the only way to overcome his anxiety is through finding the love of life. Hayao Miyazaki's son, Gore, directed this adaptation of one of the most popular fantasy sagas in western literature. Although the title of the film refers to a collection of short stories published in 2001, it is more a compilation of themes from the entire Earthsea saga. The main axis of the story is based on the third book, The Farthest Shore, which the author completed in 1972.

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Director: Gorô Miyazaki
Based on: Ursula K. Le Guin
Screenplay: Hayao Miyazaki, Gorô Miyazaki, Keiko Niwa
Cinematography: Atsushi Okui, Hidenori Shibahara, Atsushi Tamura, Junji Yabuta
Music: Tamiya Terashima
Sound: Hajime Takagi, Shuji Inoue
Editing: Takeshi Seyama
Producer: Toshio Suzuki
Cast: Jun'ichi Okada, Aoi Teshima, Bunta Sugawara, Yûko Tanaka, Teruyuki Kagawa, Jun Fubuki, Takashi Naitô, Mitsuko Baishô, Yui Natsukawa, Kaoru Kobayashi
  • This film is available until 31. 7. 2028 in these territories: Czechia, Slovakia.