PRINCESS ARETE

ARETE HIME

By Sunao KATABUCHI

STUDIO4C CO., LTD - as PROD

Animation - Completed 2001

All people have the ability to turn their fantasies into reality.
“What am I really capable of doing?” Unlike passive princesses, Princess Arete is not merely waiting for a prince to rescue her. Instead, she uses her will to blaze her own path into future.

    • Year of production
    • 2001
    • Genres
    • Animation
    • Countries
    • JAPAN
    • Languages
    • JAPANESE
    • Budget
    • N/A
    • Duration
    • 105 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Sunao KATABUCHI
    • Producer(s)
    • Eiko TANAKA
    • Synopsis
    • This film is set in the medieval period.
      Princesses Arete is shut away in a small room at the top of a castle tower, and she does not show herself in front of other people. Her lot in life is to stay there as a pure maiden until the man who be her bridegroom eventually appears.
      Yet, as Princess Arete looks down from her tower window upon the people living in the castle town, she ponders the meaning of life. One day, she learns about an escape hatch from reading an old book, sneaks out of the castle, and heads for the town. The castle town turns out to be a world of skilled workers. The sight of each one of them creating meaningful objects with their own hands seems like magic to her. She has never imagined that people's hands contained such possibilities, and she begins to wonder what possibilities lie in her own hands.


      AWARDS
      ★The 5th Japan Media Arts Festival Recommendation of Jury and Recommendation of the Governor of Tokyo
      ★Tokyo International Anime Fair 21 Award for excellence in feature animation
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