Studio Ghibli documentary

We’ve told you about The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness, the documentary about Japanese animation house Studio Ghibli. Now we get to tell you that GKIDS, the US distributor which has taken up distribution of some Ghibli titles in the States, will bring the doc to US theaters this year. Read More »

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When Homer Simpson and a salaryman friend wander the streets after drinking too much wine, they find themselves in an altered reality derived from the films of Hayao Miyazaki. Yep, in The Simpsons‘ ceaseless quest to catch our attention with short, referential sequences, the show has bowed deeply to the master animator with a sequence packed with visual gags that will be recognizable to even casual fans of the director.

That’s one of the sequence’s big nods, above, but there are plenty more in the scene, which you can see below. Read More »

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Hayao Miyazaki‘s final feature film, The Wind Rises, just finished its Oscar-qualifying run in New York and LA, and will be back in theaters for a full run in February. This first brief run of the film was a subtitled affair, preserving the original Japanese voice track. When the movie returns next year there will be a choice of subtitled and dubbed versions.

We’ve got a new trailer for the US release, but we don’t get to hear those performances. In fact, we don’t even know who the English voice actors are. The sound here is mostly via one of the film’s songs.

Therefore, while this trailer gives you some idea of a few visual flights of fancy that take place in the movie, as Jiro Horikoshi dreams of becoming an aeronautical engineer and follows through to succeed at his goal, it does not let us hear much of the film’s stunningly unique sound design. I won’t be more specific, but the aircraft and natural events in this film don’t sound quite like you’d expect them to.  Read More »

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We may not ever see another new feature film directed by animation master Hayao Miyazaki, but with the revelation of his post-filmmaking plans, it’s easy to imagine that at least one more of the director’s stories is destined for the screen.

This past weekend, Stuio Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki appeared on Japanese television show Sekai-ichi Uketai Jugyo, where he was asked about Miyazaki’s plans now that he’s done with directing feature films. The answer was surprising: ”I think he will serialize a manga. From the beginning, he likes drawing about his favorite things. That’s his stress relief.” Read More »

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Twenty-five years ago Studio Ghibli’s second major release was the double feature of My Neighbor Totoro from Hayao Miyazai and Grave of the Fireflies from Isao Takahata. This year we’ve already seen Miyazaki’s latest, The Wind Rises, arriving to acclaim (and some controversy) in Japan, and we’ve now got a poster for the US release.

At the same time, Takahata’s latest film, The Tale of Princess Kaguya, is soon to be released in Japan, and we’ve got a new three-minute trailer for the film. We’ve seen some footage from that already, but this offers a lot more to take in.  Read More »

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Hayao Miyazaki may have retired from directing feature films, but don’t fret: Studio Ghibli will continue to make new movies. The next film from the studio reportedly will be from The Secret World of Arrietty director Hiromasa Yonebayashi.

And for Miyazaki fans, the interesting factor is that an anecdotal piece of information suggest that the film might be the long-rumored sequel to Porco Rosso. That’s Miyazaki’s film about a bewitched human pilot who, trapped in the form of a pig, engages in aerial battles over the Adriatic Sea after WWI. Read More »

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Disney has finalized release plans for what’s likely to be the last film Hayao Miyazaki will ever direct: The Wind Rises.

The Studio Ghibli film will get an Oscar qualifying run in New York and Los Angeles from November 8-14, a limited release on February 21, 2014 and then expand on February 28, 2014. It’ll screen in the original Japanese with English subtitles. After the jump, read the full press release. Read More »

Hayao Miyazaki Retires From Feature Directing

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Briefly: We’ll have to wait for more info, but Twitch reports that Hayao Miyazaki‘s retirement from feature directing was announced at the Venice Film Festival, where his new film The Wind Rises is in competition. He didn’t make the statement himself; rather, Studio Ghibli president Hoshino Koji announced it. There were no further details.

Long-time fans of the director will recall that this is not the first time the director has announced his intention to retire. Only time will tell whether or not he will truly stay away from features now; the fact that the announcement specifically mentioned feature directing does leave the door open for the filmmaker to craft other work, which will be some consolation to fans.

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