Project Ghibli #4: Chie The Brat

This week’s Project Ghibli post via Dan – Chie The Brat was funny in parts but not a film we’ll be watching again!

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Original Release: 11th April 1981
Director(s): Isao Takahata
Producer(s): Hidenori Taga and Tetsuo Katayama
Screenwriter(s): Isao Takahata and Noboru Shiroyama
Alternative Title(s): Downtown Story / Jarinko Chie / Kié La Petite Peste

Our fourth film by Director Isao Takahata is a bit of a wildcard. Originally released in Japan in 1981 and later in France in 2005, it’s a rather niche film that hasn’t quite entered public consciousness elsewhere. There’s been no official English release and neither release includes English subtitles.

In the interests of completeness, I imported the DVD from Japan and relied on fansubs for the English translation. Note to our American cousins: The DVD is region 2 so will *not* play on non-European DVD players unless they are region-free. But read on and i’ll save you the trouble!

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The story is that of Chie, a ten year old girl living in Osaka, running her father Tetsu’s Kushi…

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