2002 – The Cat Returns

Kristen as Hiromi (English version, voice)

Directed by: Hiroyuki Morita
Written by: Aoi Hiiragi
Produced by: Hayao Miyazaki, Koji Hoshino,
Production year: 2001
Original release: July 19, 2002 (Japan)
Running time: 1 hour, 15 minutes
Other cast: Chizuru Ikewaki, Yoshihiko Hakamada, Aki Maeda
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High school student Haru (Chizuru Ikewaki) rescues a cat that was about to be run over by a truck and discovers the cat is actually a prince named Lune. Out of gratitude, Lune’s father, the Cat King, asks her to marry Lune. Haru is brought to the Cat Kingdom, where she starts to develop feline features. When she is prevented from leaving, the Baron (Yoshihiko Hakamada) and Toto, two statues that have magically been given life, provide assistance in gaining her freedom.