Rumors of the closure of Studio Ghibli are not true, but it seems that Spirited Away and My Neighbor Totoro director Hayao Miyazaki may be done with feature filmmaking for good. In a career that spanned over thirty years directing features, Miyazaki refined his own storytelling and helped change the world’s idea of what stories animated films can bring to audiences of all ages. And yet even with the muscle of Disney behind them, the films of Hayao Miyazaki have been somewhat slow to hit DVD and then Blu-ray in the US. (For Blu-ray that is in part thanks to a measured release plan in Japan.)
With the just-released US Blu upgrades for Kiki’s Delivery Service and Princess Mononoke, and the debut release of The Wind Rises on Disney home video, all but three of Miyazaki’s films are now on blu-ray in the States. (Disney will release Porco Rosso in February, and probably have Spirited Away out by Christmas 2015.) That’s as good a reason as any to look back at the filmmaker’s illustrious career. There aren’t any films on his CV you should not see — he has not made a bad movie — but below we’ll look at the films of Hayao Miyazaki in ranked order, to help you figure out what to prioritize, in the event you’re relatively new to his work. Read More »
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Don’t let the name “Kung Fu Theater” throw you off. The latest exhibit at the Hero Complex Gallery in Los Angeles, CA isn’t explicitly about martial arts. That subject is in there – big time – but this exhibit features Asian films of all action persuasions. The weapons aren’t just feet and fists, but guns, swords, monsters, robots and more. The show opens Friday November 14 and will be online Saturday November 15. Below, you can check out some of our favorite pieces in the show, as well as the exclusive reveal of Craig Drake‘s Princess Mononoke poster which will be available on bamboo. Read More »
If you’re in the continental US, it’s hard to get closer to Japan than San Francisco. That makes the Bay City the perfect place for artist Joshua Budich‘s first solo show Otaku Obscura, a tribute to the art of Japanese animation. Opening October 4 at Spoke Art in San Francisco, Budich has created 28 brand new prints based on some of the most famous and popular anime of all time. Films like Akira, My Neighbor Totoro, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Ghost in the Shell, Princess Mononoke and Cowboy Bebop.
Below, we’ve got just some of the gorgeous pieces of Joshua Budich anime art that’ll appear in the show including a /Film exclusive. Check them out below. Read More »
Mondo, a company best known for posters, has also been releasing some incredible albums. They’ve done Drive, Poltergeist, and many others but now they’ve gone above and beyond. Mondo has teamed up with Studio Ghibli to release a compilation album featuring music from five different films: Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle, The Cat Returns and My Neighbors The Yamadas. There will be three different covers, all done by Tyler Stout, and you can read everything about them below. Read More »
The worlds portrayed by Studio Ghibli are so vivid, colorful and imaginative, it seems almost silly to try and picture them realistically. They’re animated for a reason. One film that has a particularly grounded feel though, at least as far as Ghibli goes, is Hayao Miyazaki‘s Princess Mononoke, and that’s probably the reason why Ghibli has officially licensed a London theater group to put on a live-action stage production. It’s the first-ever of its kind.
Princess Mononoke, adapted by the Whole Hog Theatre, will run from April 2-6, 2013 at the New Diorama Theatre in London. This announcement was originally made in July and prompted quite the response, with the run completely selling out in 72 hours.
After the jump, find out more about how Whole Hog plans on adapting one of Miyazaki’s masterworks and how you might be able to see it yourself. Read More »
On Wednesday, you knew it was going to be big. Game of Thrones and two different posters for The Dark Knight Rises were just the tip of the iceberg. The Mondo Booth at San Diego Comic-Con 2012 was a must visit during the convention, featuring hundreds of eager fans rabidly anticipating the next of several random surprise releases. Lines caused major problems with security and with the schedules of Con attendees desperate to get one of these posters but, mostly, people left happy. Some of the highlights included a Lord of the Rings trilogy set by J.C. Richard, Princess Mononoke by Olly Moss, Lego Lord of the Rings by Kevin Tong, several Adventure Time pieces and even a surprise visit by Guillermo Del Toro to autograph Mimic by Jay Shaw.
After the jump, check out all the posters we haven’t already posted about in one easy to view gallery. Read More »
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