Ursula LeGuin is probably Oregon’s foremost literary export, rivaled closely by Jean Auel, Beverly Cleary and Ken Kesey (quite an eclectic reading list – try getting those on one bookshelf.)

A film of her Earthsea series – Gedo Senki or Tales of Ged has just been released by Studio Ghibli – the most fantastic animation studio in the world – and seems it will only be seen in Japan.

Directed by Goro Miyazaki, son of the great master and Oscar winner Hayao Miyazaki, creator of Totoro (possibly the best film for small children every made) and Spirited Away.

Here is a synopsis of the film – Thanks Ms. LeGuin! See you on Thurman Street!

Want to see this film in Portland soon? Two chances – Tom Ranieri at Cinema 21 or DC++. Oh, you want it in English? Fuggettaboutit until it’s DVD release, probably next year. From fan comments, critics and small children don’t like it but because of the connection to Studio Ghibli it’s getting good box office.