Hayao Miyazaki short film

In January of 2019, we learned that legendary Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki and his filmmaker son, Goro Miyazaki, were working on new movies. The elder Miyazaki’s film still has years of work left before it will be completed, and the younger’s movie was previously shrouded in mystery. All we knew about it was that it would be a rare all-CG movie for the venerated Studio Ghibli, and that it was based on an English book about “a very wise girl.”

Today, more details came to light. Goro Miyazaki’s mysterious movie was announced as part of the 2020 Cannes Film Festival’s virtual lineup, and the title has been revealed: it’s called Aya to Majo, or Aya and the Witch, and it’s based on a book by the author of Howl’s Moving Castle, which Studio Ghibli adapted into a movie in 2004. Read More »

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Studio Ghibli, the wonderful animation studio that has produced many wonders directed by Hayao Miyazaki, is close to releasing a new film version of Mary Norton‘s fantasy novel The Borrowers.

We’ve seen two brief teasers for the film, The Borrower Arrietty, and now there’s a third. The quality here is far better than the previous two clips, and while the text and narration is entirely in Japanese, the animation looks lovely. Read More »