When Marnie Was There is a movie of Studio Ghibli. This film is directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi and released in 19 July 2014. The film was released on Blu-Ray and DVD in Japan 18 March 2015 and released on Blu-Ray and DVD in American on 6 October 2015.
Anna Sasaki is a 12-year-old girl who lives in Sapporo with foster parents, Yoriko and her husband. One day at school she collapses from an asthma attack, so her parents send her to spend the summer with Setsu and Kiyomasa Oiwa, relatives of Yoriko, in Kushiro, a rural, seaside town where the air is clear.
Anna sees an abandoned mansion, dilapidated and overgrown, across a seaside marsh and wades across the marsh to investigate it. She looks around, wondering why it seems so familiar to her, but gets trapped there by the rising tide. Toichi, a taciturn old fisherman, rescues her with his rowboat. On the way back across the water, Anna sees the house for a moment in good repair and well-lit. When she returns to the Oiwa's, Setsu tells her that the mansion used to be a vacation home for some foreigners, but that it has been empty for a long time. That night and on other nights, Anna has a dream of seeing a blond girl named Marnie in the mansion, having her hair brushed by an old woman.
On the night of the Tanabata festival, Anna discovers a rowboat by the shore and rows it across the marsh to the mansion, where she meets Marnie, the blond girl. Anna tells Marnie about her dreams, but Marnie assures Anna that she is not dreaming now. The two agree to keep their meeting secret, and they meet again on several evenings.
One evening, Marnie invites Anna to a party at the mansion. The house is filled with guests. Marnie disguises Anna as a local flower girl to get her into the party. While there, Anna sees Marnie dancing with a boy named Kazuhiko. Later some townspeople find Anna asleep by the post office. The next day, Anna returns to the mansion, but it appears abandoned and dilapidated again.
One week later, while sitting on the shore sketching in a sketchbook, Anna meets Hisako, an older woman who paints pictures of the marsh and the mansion. Hisako comments that Anna's sketches look like a girl whom she knew when she was young, that her name was Marnie and she used to live in the mansion. Hisako also tells Anna that the mansion is being renovated because someone is moving in. Anna runs to the mansion, where she meets a little girl named Sayaka. Sayaka has discovered Marnie's diary hidden in the mansion. The diary includes an account of the party with the flower girl. Several pages are missing at the end of the diary.The next day, Marnie reappears. Marnie tells Anna about how her parents are always traveling abroad, how they leave her in the mansion with her nanny and two maids, and how the nanny and maids abuse her physically and psychologically. Meanwhile, Sayaka has found the missing pages from Marnie's diary, which include passages about Kazuhiko and a nearby abandoned feed silo. Sayaka and her brother head for the silo, thinking Anna may be there, and find her unconscious and feverish along the path.
When Anna recovers from her fever, Sayaka shows her the missing pages and a painting Hisako gave to Marnie. They seek out Hisako, who tells them Marnie's story. Marnie eventually married Kazuhiko and had a daughter named Emily. Kazuhiko died while Emily was young; Marnie was institutionalized; and Emily was sent to boarding school. After Marnie was released, Emily blamed Marnie for abandoning her. Emily eventually ran away and had a daughter herself, but she and her husband were killed in a car accident when their daughter was one year old. Marnie tried to raise her granddaughter, but died herself a year later. The granddaughter was placed in an orphanage. It is implied by dialogue in the film, that Anna was taken on as a foster child by Yoriko and her husband around the age of five. (While cooking with Aunt Oiwa, she tells Anna that the day she was taken home from the orphanage was York's happiest memory, and that her "only regret was the five years she hadn't had with you (her)")
At the end of the summer, Yoriko goes to Kushiro to take Anna home. She gives Anna a photograph of the mansion and says it belonged to Anna's grandmother. When Anna sees Marnie's name written on the back, she realizes that she is Marnie's granddaughter. As Yoriko drives Anna home, Anna sees Marnie waving to her out of a window in the mansion.
- Kasumi Arimura as Marnie
- Sara Takatsuki as Anna
- Nanako Matsushima as Yoriko
- Susumu Terajima as Kiyomasa Oiwa
- Toshie Negishi as Setsu Oiwa
- Ryoko Moriyama as Old Madame
- Kazuko Yoshizuki as Nanny
- Hana Sugisaki as Sayaka
- Hitomi Kuroki as Hisako
- Hiroyuki Morisaki as
- Yo Oizumi as Doctor Yamashita
- Ken Yasuda as Toichi
- Takuma Otoo
- Shigeyuki Totsugi
- Sumi Shimamoto
- Hailee Steinfeld - Anna
- Kiernan Shipka - Marnie
- Ava Acres - Sayaka
- Vanessa L. Williams - Hisako
- Catherine O'Hara - Old Woman
- Geena Davis - Yoriko
- John C. Reilly - Kiyomasa Oiwa
- Grey DeLisle - Setsu Oiwa
- Ellen Burstyn - Nanny
- Kathty Bates - Mrs. Kadoya
- Raini Rodriquez - Nobuko Kadoya
- Taylor Autumn Bertham - Young Marnie
- Mila Brener - Young Hisako
- Fred Tatasciore - Toichi
- Anna Sasaki
- Yoriko Sasaki
- Kiyomomas Oiwa
- Setsu Oiwa
- Noboku Kadoya
- Old Madame
- Sayaka's brother
- Mrs. Kadoya
- Doctor Yamashita
- 19 July 2014 - Movie theater in Japan
- 18 March 2015 - DVD and Blu-Ray Release on Japan
- 22 May 2015 - Dubbing by English GKIDS
- 23 March 2016 - Movie theater in Sweden