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Ponyo On The Cliff By The Sea (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) DVD Region 3

Miyazaki Hayao (Director)
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As with any Miyazaki Hayao film, the 2008 animated masterpiece Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea is not only a movie, but an event in Asia. A magical tale about a young goldfish who yearns to become a human girl, the auteur's ninth Studio Ghibli film took the local box office by storm, grossing over 15 billion yen to become the highest-grossing film of 2008 by a large margin. It is also the first Japanese film to pass the 10 billion yen mark since Miyazaki's previous Howl's Moving Castle. Pointedly sticking to traditional animation in the age of CG, Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea is completely hand-drawn to fine detail, from magnificent rippling waves to magical underwater creatures to Ponyo's every gesture. Dotted with the strong environmental themes and fantastical leaps of imagination signature to Miyazaki's works, the film turns an endearing pint-sized love story into a visually and emotionally enchanting experience of grand proportions. A heartwarming family feature for all ages, Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea inspires the kind of wide-eyed wonder only possible in a Ghibli film.

Five-year-old boy Sosuke lives on a cliff by the sea with his headstrong mother, Lisa. One day he rescues a curious-looking fish from the sea, and names her Ponyo. Sosuke vows to love and protect Ponyo forever, but little does he know, his new pet is no ordinary fish. Ponyo is actually the runaway daughter of an eccentric sea wizard who soon comes to retrieve her. Enchanted by her first taste of the world above water, Ponyo determinedly steals her father's potions to become a human girl, and happily returns to Sosuke on the tails of a terrific storm. Her little escapade, however, releases a great destabilizing magical force into the world. When Sosuke and Ponyo wake up the next morning, they find their town is completely submerged underwater.

This edition comes with animation/storyboard comparison feature and trailer.

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Product Title: Ponyo On The Cliff By The Sea (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) 崖上的波兒 (DVD) (中英文字幕) (香港版) 崖上的波儿 (DVD) (中英文字幕) (香港版) Ponyo On The Cliff By The Sea (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) Ponyo On The Cliff By The Sea (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
Also known as: 崖上的波妞 崖上的波妞
Director: Miyazaki Hayao 宮崎駿 宫崎骏 宮崎駿 Miyazaki Hayao
Release Date: 2009-07-28
Language: Cantonese, Japanese, Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Japanese
Country of Origin: Japan
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 2.0, DTS Extended Surround(TM) / DTS-ES(TM)
Disc Format(s): DVD, DVD-9
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Duration: 101 (mins)
Publisher: Intercontinental Video (HK)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1014037994

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Director : Hayao Miyazaki

The latest film by Academy Award winning director Hayao Miyazaki, "Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea"is the 2008 No. 1 box office hit in Japan. This timeless tale is brought to life by over 170,000 pages of completely hand drawn animation drawings. The director's attention to detail is what makes this film another Miyazaki masterpiece.

The story is about a young and overeager goldfish named Ponyo who struggles to realize her dream of becoming human and living with a boy named Sosuke after he saved her life by chance. Meanwhile, Sosuke tries to keep a solemn promise to Ponyo that drives them to embark on a magical adventure.
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Customer Review of "Ponyo On The Cliff By The Sea (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)"

Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10 (1)
Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10 (2)

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August 13, 2009

This customer review refers to Ponyo On The Cliff By The Sea (DVD + Ponyo Pass Holder) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
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Artistic Artist & Talented Composer! Score:9/10 Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
I like this animated movie a lot! It did not get a perfect score from me because the movie is a little disjointed in my opinion. However, I really enjoyed watching the second disk which are the hand drawn sketches of the whole movie by the director, Mr. Miyazaki Hayao. He is an excellent artist. I admire him, because he is able to liberate himself from the real world and chose to live in an oasis in his own imaginations and creations. You can tell from his sketches that he indeed enjoys his works. The little kid and Ponyo are so cute. You have to watch them and you might find a little of yourself in them. Out of the whole movie, I love the scenic coastal valleys the best. The omni-presence figure of Ponyo's mother is comforting and reassuring. And there are other well like figures and scenes in the movie that are pretty. The music director, Hisaishi Joe has done an excellent job too. So, watch this movie!
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August 13, 2009

Beautiful story of an unlikely friendship Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
"Ponyo" tells of a little boy named Sosuke who lives in a house on a cliff by the sea. One day he finds a humanoid fish creature, who he names Ponyo. Ponyo is trapped inside a littered glass bottle and Sosuke saves her. We later learn that Ponyo's "father" is a mad scientist who, disgusted by humanity's polluting habits, now lives in the ocean and hopes to breed a host of new sea creatures to take over the world and save the planet from mankind's filth.

This shorthand description makes the environmental aspect of the story sound a bit more heavy-handed than it plays on the screen. The heart of the film is the loving friendship between the intrepid Sosuke and the exuberant Ponyo, displayed as they set out on their mission to find Sosuke's mother after a terrible storm. Children will be captivated up by the charming antics of Sosuke and Ponyo. Older kids and parents may be distracted by the weirdness of Ponyo's father and his frightening mission and by the not-fully-realized character of Ponyo's sea goddess mother.

Sosuke and Ponyo will win your heart and leave you smiling. I recommend "Ponyo" highly.
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