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Ghibli's When Marnie Was There Film Trailer Aired

posted on 2014-07-05 03:00 EDT
Anime to open with Priscilla Ahn's "Fine on the Outside" song on July 19

Japan's NTV television network began airing a trailer for Studio Ghibli's When Marnie Was There film on Tuesday. The trailer features American musican Priscilla Ahn's theme song "Fine on the Outside."

The official Twitter account for Studio Ghibli's international arm also confirmed that English subtitles for the film were completed on Friday.

16-year-old actress Sara Takatsuki (Black President, Otomen, GTO, Daily Lives of High School Boys, Haganai) and 21-year-old actress Kasumi Arimura (Amachan, Hagane no Onna, Clover, Judge) star as Anna and Marnie in the adaptation of Joan G. Robinson's English classic children's novel.

Other cast members include actress Nanako Matsushima as Yoriko, the foster mother of one of the main leads, Anna, Susumu Terajima as Kiyomasa Ōiwa who takes care of Anna, Toshie Negishi as Kiyomasa's wife Setsu, Ryoko Moriyama as a grieving old woman, Kazuko Yoshiyuki as the staff member Baaya at the Marsh House where Anna lives, and Hitomi Kuroki as Hisako (the woman who paints a picture of the Marsh House).

Amazon posted a publisher's description of the original novel:

Anna hasn't a friend in the world - until she meets Marnie among the sand dunes. But Marnie isn't all she seems...An atmospheric ghost story with truths to tell about friendship, families and loneliness. Anna lives with foster parents, a misfit with no friends, always on the outside of things. Then she is sent to Norfolk to stay with old Mr. and Mrs. Pegg, where she runs wild on the sand dunes and around the water. There is a house, the Marsh House, which she feels she recognizes - and she soon meets a strange little girl called Marnie, who becomes Anna's first ever friend. Then one day, Marnie vanishes. A new family, the Lindsays, move into the Marsh House. Having learnt so much from Marnie about friendship, Anna makes firm friends with the Lindsays - and learns some strange truths about Marnie, who was not all she seemed...

In his second film, director Hiromasa Yonebayashi (2010's The Secret World of Arrietty) is shifting the setting from the novel's Great Britain to a Japanese village on the shores of Hokkaido.

Ahn wrote "Fine on the Outside" when she was in high school. The song is Studio Ghibli's first theme song entirely in English.

The anime film will open in Japan on July 19. The studio's international Twitter account posted 13 visuals last week:

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Thanks to Daniel Zelter for the news tip


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