When approaching horrific historical events like the rise of the violent Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia, any filmmaker has to tread carefully. But Funan director Denis Do has to approach the subject with an extra layer of sensitivity because his animated film, hitting select theaters next week, is about his own family.
Do’s mother is the basis for the main character of the French-Belgian animated film, which follows a Cambodian woman who searches for her child after he is forcibly taken from her during the beginning of the Khmer Rouge revolution in April 1975.
/Film is debuting an exclusive Funan clip featuring Do speaking about how his family’s experiences informed the acclaimed animated film. Watch the Funan featurette below.
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In 2017, Your Name helped put anime back on the global map as acclaimed, prestigious films worthy of awards recognition. Three years later, director Makoto Shinkai‘s highly anticipated follow-up will finally be making its way to the States. Weathering With You, Shinkai’s latest visually stunning and cerebral sci-fi drama, will be released in Japan this summer, but has already been picked up for U.S. distribution by the animation distributor GKIDS.
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Studio Ghibli may have (temporarily) shuttered its doors five years ago, but its former animators are thriving. Aside from the majority Ghibli-staffed Studio Ponoc, which this year released the acclaimed anthology film Modest Heroes, Ghibli alums are proving that they don’t need the iconic Totoro symbol backing them to deliver quality work.
The latest alum to earn the spotlight is Kitaro Kosaka, who had worked on Ghibli films like The Wind Rises, Spirited Away, and Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind. He brings that emotion-driven Ghibli sensibility to Okko’s Inn, a charming and offbeat ghost story set to hit U.S. theaters in April. Watch the Okko’s Inn trailer below.
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Never-Ending Man: Hayao Miyazaki chronicles the inevitable un-retirement of its legendary subject, but despite the predictable return of Hayao Miyazaki to the world of animation, the Kaku Arakawa documentary has a few surprises hidden up its sleeves. Namely, Miyazaki’s first dalliance with an entirely CG-animated project. The famous advocate for traditional hand-drawn animation, who notoriously once called an AI-animated short “an insult to life itself,” tackles his first CG-animated film with the short Boro the Caterpillar.
In a new Never-Ending Man Hayao Miyazaki clip released by GKIDS, the documentary captures the momentous scene in which Miyazaki encounters his first CGI creation.
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Two years after Japan first aired the documentary Never-Ending Man, U.S. audiences are finally getting the film following Hayao Miyazaki‘s highly-anticipated return to filmmaking.
The legendary anime filmmaker left a hole in the film world when he announced his retirement in 2013, but like many great creative minds, he just couldn’t stop working. Retitled Never-Ending Man: Hayao Miyazaki, the documentary was filmed by NHK WORLD TV and picked up by U.S. distributor GKIDS, which releases it in select U.S. theaters this winter.
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While the world has been scrambling to name any promising anime director as the next Hayao Miyazaki (while the man himself diligently ignores all the hoopla with another un-retirement), Mamoru Hosoda has quietly proved to be a visionary filmmaker in his own right. With a career spanning wildly inventive films like The Girl Who Leapt Through Time and Summer Wars, Hosoda has not delivered a bad film yet. And now U.S. audiences can soon experience his latest film, Mirai, in theaters this fall. Read More »
This is not your grandma’s Little Mermaid. In fact, it’s not your Little Mermaid either. Lu Over the Wall deserves a title unto its own, as a surreal, vividly colored fairy tale that plays with the limits of imagination.
But that’s to be expected from visionary animated director Masaaki Yuasa. Most recently known for his incredibly popular Netflix anime Devilman Crybaby, Yuasa is responsible for one of the best anime films ever, 2004’s Mind Game. And Lu Over the Wall looks like it will be a worthy next film from Yuasa.
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Directors Jean-Loup Felicioli and Alain Gagnol previously collaborated on the Oscar-nominated animated film A Cat in Paris, and now they’re back with their latest cartoon effort, Phantom Boy. The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival this year, and while it would be easy to say this is just another superhero movie, this looks like something truly special.
The first Phantom Boy teaser trailer has just arrived online from GKIDS, and it shows off the gorgeous animation and unique story about a young boy with cancer who is able to leave his body and fly around New York City for short periods of time. With this power, he may be the only one who can help stop a criminal mastermind. Watch the Phantom Boy teaser trailer below. Read More »
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This week the film that may be the final Studio Ghibli feature opens in limited US release. When Marnie Was There is from director Hiromasa Yonebayashi, and tells the story of Anna, voiced here by Hailee Steinfeld, who is sent off to spend the summer with relatives of her foster mother.
In this When Marnie Was There clip we see Anna arriving in the seaside town that will be her summer home, and we meet Setsu and Kiyomasa Oiwa, voiced here by Grey Griffin and John C. Reilly. Read More »
The last time we heard anything about When Marnie Was There, the latest film from Studio Ghibli, was the announcement of the English-language voice cast. As is always the case with films from the Japanese studio, the US localization features a high-calibre cast and may just turn out an English dub that compares favorably with the original Japanese audio. Now there’s a When Marnie Was There US trailer that lets us hear some of that cast, including Hailee Steinfeld as Anna and Kiernan Shipka as Marnie. Read More »