When Marnie Was There

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Feature Film: 19 July 2014 / 103 minutes
Direction: Hiromasa Yonebayashi
Screenplay: Hiromasa Yonebayashi, Keiko Niwa, Masashi Andō

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When Marnie Was There (思い出のマーニー Omoide no Maanii?), is the second Studio Ghibli full-length theatrical feature film directed by Hiromasa "Maro" Yonebayashi, and the first feature-length film produced at the studio without any inputs from its founders, Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata. The film is an adaptation of British author Joan G. Robinson's atmospheric 1967 ghost story for children. The tag line from Toho's official site for the film reads, “There is a magical circle invisible to the naked eye in this world.”

Further story description from the book, "Brooding, lonely Anna, a foster-child, goes to stay with a kind Norfolk couple. There, like something in her memory, she finds the old house backing on to the creek. But it is the girl at the window who haunts her ... Marnie, headstrong, often infuriating and somehow just as elusive when the two meet as she had been at the window. Marnie becomes Anna's perfect friend, and although she finally vanishes for good, she has helped Anna make real friends." ... "This is a thrilling, intense story, part mystery, part adventure, part fantasy, and will appeal particularly to girls of eleven and upward." The original story was set in the East of England in Norfolk, but for this movie adaptation, the setting is a village on the shores of Hokkaido in Northern Japan.

In another first for Studio Ghibli the theme song Fine On the Outside is written and performed entirely in English by Korean-American singer-songwriter Priscilla Ahn, best known for her angelic voice and melancholic songs. The musical score for the film is by pianist composer Takatsugu Muramatsu.

The novel is amongst the 50 Children's Books Chosen by Hayao Miyazaki.