The Secret World of Arrietty

JAN 14 & JAN 20 - Dubbed

Studio Ghibli Film Retrospective


Arrietty, a tiny, but tenacious 14-year-old, lives with her parents in the recesses of a suburban garden home, unbeknownst to the homeowner and her housekeeper. Like all little people, Arrietty remains hidden from view, except during occasional covert ventures beyond the floorboards to "borrow" scrap supplies like sugar cubes from her human hosts. But when 12-year-old Shawn, a human boy who comes to stay in the home, discovers his mysterious housemate one evening, a secret friendship blossoms. If discovered, their relationship could drive Arrietty's family from the home and straight into danger.


Based on The Borrowers by Mary Norton, this 2010 film was directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi and scripted by Hayao Miyazaki and Keiko Niwa. The year's highest grossing domestic release at the Japanese box office, it subsequently received the Animation of the Year award at the 34th Japan Academy Prize ceremony and achieved considerable international success.


Duration: 95 mins. | Rating: G | Presented Jan. 14 & Jan. 20 dubbed in English

The Empirical Theater's Studio Ghibli Film Retrospective runs January 11 through January 21 and features a collection of some of the finest films from Japan's most renowned animation studio. Please call 503-797-4000 for more information.