The Red Turtle

Japan Release: 2016
Running Time:
81 minutes

The Red Turtle

Japanese Title

 レッドタートル ある島の物語
[Reddo Tatoru: Aru Shima no Monogatari]

Distributor: Production:

Toho / Studio Ghibli / Why Not Productions / Wild Bunch / Buena Vista / CN4 Productions / Arte France Cinéma / Belvision Corporation / NTV / Dentsu / Hakuhodo DY Media Partners / Mitsubishi

A man is shipwrecked on a small, uninhabited island. Completely alone, he attempts to escape his fate by building a small raft using the bamboo on the island. However, the raft is mysteriously sunk not far out to sea. Undiscouraged, the man returns to shore and eventually builds a second raft. Sailing out, he once more attempts to escape. Unfortunatly, this raft too is sunk, again by a mysterious force that the man is all too aware of now...


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International Title


Initial US Title

The Red Turtle
US Distributor: Sony (2017) / Time: 81 minutes

Alternate Titles

Red Turtle: The Story of an Island
[Literal translation]


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Directed by Michael Dudok de Wit
Writing credits Michael Dudok de Wit, Pascale Ferran
Produced by Toshio Suzuki, Vincent Maraval, Gregoire Sorlat, Pascal Caucheteux
Music by Laurent Perez Del Mar
Cinematography by Atsushi Okui
Film Editing by Celine Kelepikis
Production Design by Michael Dudok de Wit
Production Manager Tanguy Olivier
Assistant Directors Bertrand Schutz, Jean Pierre Bouchet
Director of Special Effects Mouloud Oussid
Man Emmanuel Garijo
Red Turtle Barbara Beretta
Son Tom Hudson, Baptiste Goy


Box Office

Release Date: September 17th, 2016 (Japan)

Release Date:
January 20th, 2017 (US)
Opening Weekend:
$21,010 (US, 3 Theaters)
$921,974 (US)

DVDs and Blu-rays

United States Region 1 The Red Turtle Sony Pictures Classics (2017) Order
United States Blu-ray The Red Turtle Sony Pictures Classics (2017) Order

CD Soundtracks

Background and Trivia

  • The only audible dialogue during the movie are the words "hey", said numerous times, and "whoa". That said, the characters speak in other ways, including grunting and screaming, both out of anger and surprise.
  • During a Q&A after the Toronto International Film Festival, director Michael Dudok de Wit talked about lack of dialogue in the film. He notes "There was a little dialogue [originally]. There were a few sentences. I thought they really needed to talk at some point, to explain, or to ask questions. When a man meets a woman, he has to say something. And I thought the son had to say something about when he is ready to leave the island. The lines never felt right, and in the end, we dropped them altogether. And then I felt, this is a great challenge, I really like this, I have to make sure the film is clear even if there's not a word spoken." The complete Q&A can be found on The Verge.
  • Was nominated for Best Animated Film at the 89th Academy Awards in 2017. Ultimately the award went to Zootopia that year.

Concept Art