Trailers for The Borrowers Arrietty (Karigurashi no Arrietty), Hotarubi No Mori E, The Tree of Life

A slow week for trailers as I spent the latter half of it getting cultured up in other cities away from home and left my tech at home so here’s The Tree of Life which I will see next week (reviews have been mostly positive) and some anime that caught my eye whilst I did my reporting thing for some websites.

The Tree of Life

Release date: Out Now

Running time: 94 mins.

Director: Terrence Malick

Starring: Brad Pitt, Sean Penn

The one Terrence Malick film I do like is New World starring Colin Farrel and Christopher Bale. Nobody likes that one. They all like his films Badlands and The Thin Red Line. I’m not really a fan of those. This won best film at Cannes so a lot of people like this one…

Present day, Jack (played as an adult by Sean Penn) reminisces about his childhood in a 1950’s Midwestern town with a domineering father (Brad Pitt) and an angelic mother. He tries to make sense of his relationships and seeks meaning in life, nature and divinity.

I’m worried that I’m going to hate this one.

The Borrowers Arrietty (Karigurashi no Arrietty)

Release date: 29th of July 2012

Running time: 94 mins.

Director: Hiromasa Yonebayashi

Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Mark Strong, Olivia Colman

Interesting news emerged with the fact that the UK will have a separate dub for The Borrowers Arrietty (Karigurashi no Arrietty) and here’s a taste of it with the trailer.


Based on Mary Norton’s much beloved 1952 book, The Borrowers, the film follows a boy named Sho, who has moved into his great aunt’s house in the Tokyo suburbs. This also happens to be where a 14-year-old Borrower named Arrietty and her family live under the floorboards. Arrietty tries her best to prove her worth by helping her father “borrow” much-needed items from humans but Sho discovers their existence. A relationship develops between Sho and Arrietty even though it puts the lives of the Borrowers’ in danger. Sho and Arrietty find they must work together to protect the existence of the Borrowers. 

Originally released in Japan in July 2010 the film has been adapted from the book by Hayao Miyazaki and marks the debut feature of long-time Studio Ghibli animator Hiromasa Yonebayashi.

Hotarubi No Mori E

Release date: 17th of September (Japan)

Running time: N/A

Director: Takahiro Omori

Starring: Ayane Sakura, Kouki Uchiyama

Based on Yuki Midorikawa’s fantasy novel , the title translated means Into the Forest of Fireflies’ Light. The film marks the debut feature of Takahiro Omori who has worked as writer/director on series like Hellgirl, Natsume’s Book of Friends (also written by Yuki Midorikawa), Baccano! and Durarara!! It will star Ayane Sakura who was a voice actress in Dream Eater Merry, and Kouki Uchiyama who was a voice actor in Ghost Hound and Soul Eater.

A little girl gets lost in an enchanted forest. She is rescued be a mysterious boy who refuses to let her touch him because he believes her touch will make him disappear.