Tales from Earthsea (2006)

There was a time when humans and dragons were one.

Japanese title: ゲド戦記
(Gedo Senki)

Comments on Movie: Tales from Earthsea (2006)
"Abstruse and confusing, Tales from Earthsea's story grows increasingly blurry the closer it gets to what should be a deeply satisfying conclusion." - Tom Keogh, Seattle Times.

"Earthsea seems to be a stupendously dull place. It would try the patience of any kid." - Michael Atkinson, Village Voice.

"Stylish animation isn't enough to save violent adaptation." - Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media.

"The art is okay but the screenplay is beyond terrible." - Rosalyn Lim.

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Tales from Earthsea (2006) Trailer

Tales from Earthsea (2006) at a glance
Tales from Earthsea (2006) is the first anime film directed by Gorō Miyazaki. It is loosely based on the first four Earthsea books by Ursula K. Le Guin. The director of this film is the son of Studio Ghibli's co-founder, Hayao Miyazaki.

Tales from Earthsea (2006) Synopsis
In the land of Earthsea, crops are dwindling, dragons have reappeared and humanity is giving way to chaos. Journey with Lord Archmage Sparrowhawk, a masterwizard, and Arren, a troubled young prince, on a tale of redemption and self-discovery as they search for the force behind the mysterious imbalance that threatens to destroy their world.

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Movie Review: Tales from Earthsea (2006)
Lord Archmage Sparrowhawk and Arren.

While it is a wonder that Tales from Earthsea (2006) is a box office success, this animated feature is certainly one of the worst movies I have ever seen. The art is okay but the screenplay is beyond terrible. It is so terrible that I almost don't want to review about this film and am extremely tempted write several paragraphs of dots instead of sharing any of my analysis and thoughts on this film.

Adorable scene.

Honestly, it is devastating. One hour into the movie and I am still clueless about the direction of the film or what they actually want to achieve through this anime film. I watched this film with an open mind; I thought this wouldn't be as bad as I've read online and actually intends to defend that it is too harsh to award this film the worst movie and the director as the worst director but... oh well.

I have no idea what I've just been through.

With no intention of bashing (and spoiling) this film but just for the record, I almost completely dropped this film after plenty of hours of breaks in between. It was truly an unpleasant experience as it spoils my mood so badly but I am glad that I've painfully endured and watched the whole film. At least, I have learned a little about this director, known a little more about this studio, seen one of the worst movies ever and be able to warn you all that you might not want to watch this film.

PS. Still, kudos to the director for making his directorial debut. He has successfully entered the anime film industry with this one.

Will write a page regarding this and add this to all animated feature entries soon.

Who will like this?
Be warned that the storyline is too draggy and there are too many pointless scenes with no focus.
Earthsea series author's response: http://www.ursulakleguin.com/GedoSenkiResponse.html

Details of the movie
Director: Gorō Miyazaki
Producer: Toshio Suzuki, Tomohiko Ishii
Story: Hayao Miyazaki, Ursula K. Le Guin
Screenplay: Gorō Miyazaki, Keiko Niwa
Cinematography: Not sure.
Music: Tamiya Terashima
Studio: Studio Ghibli
Starring: Bunta Sugawara, Junichi Okada, Aoi Teshima, Yuko Tanaka
Full Credit: [IMDb]
Distributor: Toho, Walt Disney Pictures, Madman Entertainment
Country: Japan
Language: English
Genre: Adventure Fantasy
Running time: 115 mins
Budget: USD 22,000,000 est.
Box office: USD 68,673,565 est.

Official website(s)

From Up on Poppy Hill (2011)
Studio Ghibli
Rosalyn's Animated Movie Marathon

Tales from Earthsea (2006) Behind the Scenes

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Tales from Earthsea (2006) Movie Quotes
  1. Only in silence the word, only in dark the light, only in dying life, bright the hawk's flight on the empty sky. The Creation of Éa
  2. In ages past, dragons and men were one. Those who lusted after wealth choose the land and sea and became men. Those who challenge freedom became dragon and choose wind and fire. Since then, dragon and men remain divided.
  3. Here people are goods, to buy and sell.
  4. I don't have a wife for such delicate gift. I need a cloak for my young friend.
  5. Why disgrace yourself by selling fakes?
  6. Because people don't believe in silly foolish tricks anymore. Maybe my goods are not what they seem but at least they are something you can touch. Not mere lies and air like magic and sorcery.
  7. You will never again be troubled by the miseries and sufferings of this world. No payment necessary, it's my pleasure.
  8. Look, eating Hazia brings forth the feeling of euphoria but then the spirit abandons the body and wanders aimlessly in the darkness and when it returns, more and more Hazia until finally, death.
  9. Something's not right with this town.
  10. I left no one bound, what happens now is up to them.
  11. Spells should be made only when absolutely needed.
  12. I despise people who doesn't care about life.
  13. Her parents abused her and abandoned her one the side of the road. They burned her, that's how she got the scar.
  14. I murdered my father, Terra. I stabbed him and then run away. I don't understand, why would I do something so horrible.
  15. I guess it doesn't matter which way I choose.
  16. Arren, life without death is no life. Don't you see? Refuse death means you refuse life as well.
  17. Darkness cannot exist without light. Now that the light that is left behind wanders alone like a shadow.
  18. What you see is a shadow who is searching for his body.
  19. I have to live so I can give life to someone else. That is the only way we can live forever.


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