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Spirited Away (2001)
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During her family's move to the suburbs, a sullen 10-year-old girl wanders into a world ruled by gods, witches, and spirits, and where humans are changed into beasts. (125 mins.)
“ I remember seeing a giant poster of a young girl in a red dress. She was standing alone in the darkness with the words 'Spirited Away' above her head. It was that poster and Miyazaki's Oscar winning masterpiece which brought me into the world of Japanese anime. ” - Pedosh
Princess Mononoke (1997)
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On a journey to find the cure for a Tatarigami's curse, Ashitaka finds himself in the middle of a war between the forest gods and Tatara, a mining colony. In this quest he also meets San, the Mononoke Hime. (134 mins.)
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
“ Of all Miyazaki's films this is his most serious and, potentially, his best. I saw this film for the first time back in 2004, off the back of having seen his other masterpiece - Spirited Away. At the time I remember thinking it was too long and tedious. I don't think I could fully grasp the story, the graphic violence, or its serious tone.

8 years later I re-visited it. Age has not changed my taste, the violence stills shocks (but it was meant to), the film seems to drag a little (it is the second longest animated feature at 132 minutes), but I understand and appreciate it better now. ” - Pedosh
My Neighbor Totoro (1988)
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When two girls move to the country to be near their ailing mother, they have adventures with the wondrous forest spirits who live nearby. (86 mins.)
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Grave of the Fireflies (1988)
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A young boy and his little sister struggle to survive in Japan during World War II. (89 mins.)
Director: Isao Takahata
Castle in the Sky (1986)
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A young boy and a girl with a magic crystal must race against pirates and foreign agents in a search for a legendary floating castle. (125 mins.)
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Howl's Moving Castle (2004)
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When an unconfident young woman is cursed with an old body by a spiteful witch, her only chance of breaking the spell lies with a self-indulgent yet insecure young wizard and his companions in his legged, walking castle. (119 mins.)
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Ponyo (2008)
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A five year-old boy develops a relationship with Ponyo, a goldfish princess who longs to become a human after falling in love with him. (101 mins.)
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
The Secret World of Arrietty (2010)
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The Clock family are four-inch-tall people who live anonymously in another family's residence, borrowing simple items to make their home. Life changes for the Clocks when their daughter, Arrietty, is discovered. (94 mins.)
“ Receiving the highest box-office receipts for a first time director in Japan, Hiromasa Yonebayashi has created a heart-felt film in Arrietty.

If there's one portion of this film that highlights Yonebayashi's potential watch Arrietty's first foray into borrowing with her father. Perfectly pitched it starts with trepidation and excitement, to delight and fun, to shock and tears (which we share).

This film goes along so well until one scene turns the dynamic in such a way that it feels rushed and out of place. The film finishes around 20 minutes later and too soon for my liking (though it's touching). A little bit more darkness and danger and this film it could have been something special. ” - Pedosh
Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984)
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Warrior/pacifist Princess Nausicaä desperately struggles to prevent two warring nations from destroying themselves and their dying planet. (117 mins.)
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
“ Based on the successful Manga series created by the director ” - Pedosh
The Wind Rises (2013)
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A look at the life of Jiro Horikoshi, the man who designed Japanese fighter planes during World War II. (126 mins.)
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
“ The Wind Rises forgoes fantasy (albeit several dream sequences) to tell an adult story. This is a story about Jiro, a young boy who grows up pursuing his dream of building planes.
We pick up with Jiro during a fantastic intro sequence. We learn that Jiro would love to fly planes but that his poor eyesight means he never will. Inspired by reading a book about an Italian plane engineer – Caproni (as well as having several dream visitations from him) he decides to design planes instead. This is Jiro’s sole and only ambition. There is an earthquake, a depression, a tuberculosis outbreak and a world war but none of these big events seem to impact upon Jiro’s life. It is not until the final third of the film where something significant happens but it either feels rushed or a footnote that required more detail.
The Wind Rises may well alienate (but not necessarily disappoint) Miyazaki fans because of its subject matter and its overall lack of fantasy. It is a linear story that doesn’t offer much in the way of adventure and feels somewhat disjointed considering its straightforward nature. There is a romance that feels too fast (a love at first sight), references to war that required more weight, a central character who is largely one dimensional, and the introduction of a German character whose presence seems only to foretell that Germany and Japan will ‘blow up’. But then this isn’t a war film and periphery characters aren’t our focus. Knowing this does not make the film more enjoyable but it adds a weight of integrity once you realise. We are clearly meant to follow Jiro as single mindedly as he pursues his dream of building planes. It’s about the pursuit of passion and happiness. It’s for us to admire the wholesomeness of it and, as the film alludes to, ‘Live’.
As with the majority of Ghibli, but especially Miyazaki films, animation is one of the central pulling factors and the breathtaking opening sequence is a personal highlight but there are delightful moments and touches throughout. There is light humour to be had too (in what ends up being a fairly tragic story). It’s not his best film but it is his most personal. For this reason it feels the most poignant and I found it engaging on a level beyond pure entertainment. It is also definitely an anti war film and it’s important that this is recognised. The film does run for longer than the momentum warrants and ‘The Wind Rises’ metaphor is quite heavily signposted although it’s up for grabs what you interpret this to mean. We won’t see the like of Miyazaki again and that’s so sad in a world that’s smothered itself in CGI. But I would personally like to raise a glass to dreams, life, love, passion, happiness and Miyazaki. ” - Pedosh
Tales from Earthsea (2006)
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In a mythical land, a man and a young boy investigate a series of unusual occurrences. (115 mins.)
Director: Gorô Miyazaki
Kiki's Delivery Service (1989)
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A young witch, on her mandatory year of independent life, finds fitting into a new community difficult while she supports herself by running an air courier service. (103 mins.)
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Whisper of the Heart (1995)
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A love story between a girl who loves reading books, and the boy who has previously checked out all of the library books she chooses. (111 mins.)
Only Yesterday (1991)
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A twenty-seven-year-old office worker travels to the countryside while reminiscing about her childhood in Tokyo. (118 mins.)
Director: Isao Takahata
Porco Rosso (1992)
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In 1930s Italy, a veteran World War I pilot is cursed to look like an anthropomorphic pig. (94 mins.)
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
The Cat Returns (2002)
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After helping a cat, a young girl finds herself involuntarily engaged to a cat prince in a magical world where her only hope of freedom lies with a dapper cat statuette come to life. (75 mins.)
Director: Hiroyuki Morita
My Neighbors the Yamadas (1999)
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The life and misadventures of a family in contemporary Japan. (104 mins.)
Director: Isao Takahata
Pom Poko (1994)
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A community of magical shape-shifting raccoon dogs struggle to prevent their forest home from being destroyed by urban development. (119 mins.)
Director: Isao Takahata
The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (2013)
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Found inside a shining stalk of bamboo by an old bamboo cutter and his wife, a tiny girl grows rapidly into an exquisite young lady. The mysterious young princess enthralls all who encounter her - but ultimately she must confront her fate, the punishment for her crime. (137 mins.)
Director: Isao Takahata
From Up on Poppy Hill (2011)
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A group of Yokohama teens look to save their school's clubhouse from the wrecking ball in preparations for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. (91 mins.)
Director: Gorô Miyazaki
When Marnie Was There (2014)
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Upon being sent to live with relatives in the countryside, an emotionally distant adolescent girl becomes obsessed with an abandoned mansion and infatuated with a girl who lives there - a girl who may or may not be real. (103 mins.)