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Hiroyuki Okiura's beautiful hand-drawn anime A Letter to Momo puts a slightly more mature spin on the themes of Hayao Miyazaki's beloved My Neighbor Totoro, both being tales of young girls relocated to the country during parental traumas, and who discover supernatural forces that help them come to terms with their grief. Eleven year-old Momo (Karen Miyama) is obsessed with a letter her father started writing before he died at sea – he set down nothing more than the words "Dear Momo." She's also haunted by the fact that her own last words to him were spoken in anger. Meanwhile, Momo's mother Ikuko (Yuka) moves them to a small island, where the easily-spooked Momo discovers three mischief-making goblins that only she can see. Being grotesques »
Boyhood, Schmoyhood. While some of my more distinguished film nerd compatriots may be waiting with rapt attention for Fantasia’s more ‘conventional’ offerings, my attention is fixed on the more unconventional fare: the anime, the kung fu, the movies that avoid classification all together. Fantasia isn’t Fantasia unless you’re watching something you almost certainly couldn’t see at most other festivals, and this year’s installment looks to have that in spades. Here some of my top picks from Fantasia 2014′s stellar line-up.
The Demon of the Lute
Directed by Lung Yat Sing
Hong Kong, 1983
As I learned during 2012′s screening of the Shaw Brothers classic Fist of the White Lotus, very few things in this world rock quite as hard as classic kung fu movies in glorious 35mm on a big screen. Digital projection may be well and good, but as old-school movie buffs know, the feeling of watching an aged, »
- Thomas O'Connor
Studio Ghibli has long attracted big names to dubs its films in English. Though the company’s latest arrives in the wake of founder Hayao Miyazaki's reitrement, The Tale Of Princess Kaguya is keeping the tradition going, hiring Chloë Grace Moretz, James Caan, Mary Steenburgen, Darren Criss, Lucy Liu, James Marsden and John Cho for the international version.Princess Kaguya is based on Japan’s oldest recorded narrative, The Tale Of The Bamboo Cutter. In the yarn, a man finds a tiny girl inside the stalk of a bamboo. Deciding with his wife to raise her as their own, they see her become a beautiful young woman who attracts the interest of lots of suitors. But she hides a secret that might affect her life...Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata took on directorial duties for this one, and it’ll be interesting to see the tone brought by the man »
Japanese animation powerhouse Studio Ghibli has had a long history of nabbing big-name actors for its films in U.S. distribution—from Christian Bale in Howl’s Moving Castle to Tina Fey and Matt Damon in Ponyo—and its latest release is no different.
U.S. distributor Gkids announced in a release today that Chloë Grace Moretz (Kick-Ass, Carrie) will voice the title role in The Tale of Princess Kaguya. James Caan, Mary Steenburgen, Darren Criss, Lucy Liu, James Marsden, and John Cho also lend their voices.
The Tale of Princess Kaguya is based on Japan’s oldest recorded narrative, »
- Jackson McHenry
Exclusive: Chloe Grace Moretz will voice the title character in The Tale Of The Princess Kaguya, the latest animated pic from Studio Ghibli, the company co-founded by Japan animation icons Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata. James Caan, Mary Steenburgen, Darren Criss, Lucy Liu, Beau Bridges, James Marsden, Oliver Platt and Dean Cain also have signed up for the film, which Gkids acquired in March to release in the U.S. The indie distributor, which has four Best Animated Feature nominations since 2010, has set an October 17 release date timed to maximize awards-season play. Takahata (Grave Of The Fireflies) directed Kaguya in his helming effort in […] »
Miyazaki Goro - son of iconic director Miyazaki Hayao - has been keeping himself busy since opting to follow in his father's footsteps. Hot on the heels of his sophomore feature film From Up On Poppy Hill word came out that Goro was moving away from his father's acclaimed Studio Ghibli - for this project at least - to help a CG animated adaptation of Astrid Lindgren's Ronia The Robber's Daughter for Japanese broadcaster Nhk. And with the air date rapidly approaching the first teaser has now arrived online. The younger Miyazaki has always - understandably but unfairly, I think - been forced to live in his father's shadow and the move to television and CG while moving away from Ghibli is intended to relieve...
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Studio Ghibli and its catalogue of extraordinary animated films has been built on the back of two men: the creator of its most beloved characters and star of the studio, Miyazaki Hayao and the often over-looked, but no less talented, Takahata Isao. Last year saw the announcement of Miyazaki's retirement and the release of his last film, The Wind Rises, followed a few months later by Takahata's latest, The Tale of Princess Kaguya. Takahata may not have announced any desire to quit, but his advanced age (the director is now 78), and the length of time it takes him to put a film together leaves a question mark over the artist's ability to helm another feature length work. Regardless of whether we've seen the last...
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Running July 24-Aug 3, the festival will open with Wild Tales, Winter Sleep and Clouds of Sils Maria
The T-Mobile New Horizons International Film Festival has unveiled the line-up for its 14th edition, which runs July 24-Aug 3 in Wroclaw, Poland.
Alice Rohrwacher’s The Wonders, winner of this year’s Grand Prix at Cannes, will be screened during the awards gala.
This year’s festival will also screen the latest films from international auteurs such as Naomi Kawase (Still the Water), Tsai Ming-liang (Stray Dogs and Journey to the West), Jean Luc-Godard (Goodbye to Language 3D), Lukas Moodysson (We Are »
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Rome – Alan Rickman, Richard Gere, and a trio of hot younger Hollywood stars will be feted by Italy’s Giffoni Film Festival for children, the unique event where children from all over the world are jurors, now set to expand its horizons with planned construction of its long-gestating Giffoni Multimedia Valley.
Rickman, known to kids around the world for his role as Professor Severus Snape in the Harry Potter franchise, will be honoured with the Francois Truffaut lifetime achievement award at the cinematic holiday camp of sorts in the Southern Italian town where A-list stars engage with kids. Jessica Chastain (pictured) was among last year’s Giffoni guests.
They will hold onstage master classes with »
- Nick Vivarelli
- Sasha Stone
Last week, EW published The 55 Essential Movies Kids Must Experience (Before Turning 13). Predictably, given that we published a post on the Internet whose headline contained a concrete number and the word “essential,” we got some impassioned feedback from readers—many of whom were eager to suggest additional great movies kids should see that we’d left out.
As we noted last week, “This isn’t a list of the 55 ‘best’ kids movies, nor a compendium of hidden gems. Rather, it’s a survival-guide syllabus of films that we all need to know to be able to speak the same pop-cultural language. »
- EW staff
The legendary Japanese animation studio Studio Ghibli has a new film coming out called When Marnie Was There, and today we have the first trailer for it to share with you! The film is an adaptation of the book written by Joan G. Robinson, and it is being directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi (The Secret World of Arrietty). The story follows a young girl who befriends another girl named Marnie who just happens to be a ghost.
The book that the film is based on is number 18 on Hayao Miyazaki's 50 Recommended Children's Books list. It looks like another great movie from Studio Ghibli, and I'll be looking forward to seeing it. The film will be released in Japan in July, but there's not U.S. release date yet. I imagine Disney will eventually pick it up for distribution here in the states. Thanks to Twitch for the heads up!
- Joey Paur
As a trailer for Studio Ghibli's latest and possibly final feature When Marnie Was There emerges, Ryan ponders company's uncertain future...
When Hayao Miyazaki retired last year at the age of 73, animation lost one of its most accomplished and dedicated practitioners. His work, comprising 11 features and numerous shorts, needs little introduction: films such as My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away and Howl's Moving Castle have long since etched themselves on the minds of audiences all over the world.
Miyazaki's final film, The Wind Rises, was a bravely individual parting shot. A drama about the designer of the legendary Japanese fighter plane, the Mitsubishi Zero, it felt like a final, heartfelt statement from a truly great artist - and a fitting capstone to a remarkable career. But with Miyazaki having set aside the painstaking work he put into animating his films over the course of some 48 years, the inevitable question »
Hayao Miyazaki may have retired (again) after The Wind Rises, but the studio he co-founded will continue to produce exquisite films. Here in the West we are still waiting for The Tale Of Princess Kaguya, but Japan will be getting yet another film from Ghibli this summer. That’s favouritism right there. The film, When Marnie Was There, is based on Joan G. Robinson’s modern classic of the same name in which a girl named Anna moves to a village by the sea and encounters the ghost like Marnie.
The trailer looks beautiful, leaving out all dialogue and focusing on the theme song. Hiromasa Yonebayashi of Arriety fame will direct, with a script from Niwa Keiko who has supplied screenplays for Ocean Waves and From Up On Poppy Hill. Coming to Japan in July, we’ll probably be waiting a year r two for a release, depending on whether »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Hayao Miyazaki may have retired from the animation world, but that doesn’t mean Studio Ghibli is about to plummet from the sky like a giant flying Totoro whose umbrella has been riddled with machine gun fire. No, the studio soldiers on, and while their latest release, The Tale of Princess Kaguya, hasn’t yet arrived here in the Western world, their latest latest release is gearing up to premiere in Japan (we’re so behind). That movie would be When Marnie Was There, an adaptation of Joan G. Robinson‘s novel of the same title. It’s the story of a young girl named Anna who’s depressed and alone, brimming with all the angst a lonely teenager can muster. But then she meets Marnie, and the pair soon form a quick bond. Real, palpable details about the movie are scarce, but according to the book’s synopsis, Marnie “isn’t all she seems…” But »
- Adam Bellotto
Studio Ghibli has released the first trailer for When Marnie Was There.
The Japanese trailer offers a first look at Hiromasa Yonebayashi's drama.
The latest offering from the popular animation studio is based on Joan G Robinson's 1981 book of the same name.
It concerns Anna, a lonely young girl who makes friends with the mysterious Marnie.
When Marnie vanishes, Anna begins to learn more secrets about her one-time companion.
Yonebayashi also directed 2010's The Secret World of Arrietty.
The film follows The Wind Rises, which marked the last film from retiring Ghibli legend Hayao Miyazaki.
When Marnie Was There will open in Japan on July 19. An English language release is yet to be detailed. »
Since its inception in 1985, Japan’s Studio Ghibli has grown into a force on the international animated film scene, spearheaded by features from legendary director Hayao Miyazaki. News of a new feature from the studio is thus often a cause for excitement amongst film fans, and this was no different for their latest film. Titled When Marine Was There, or Omoide no Marnie, the film marks the second directorial feature of Hiromasa Yonebayashi, following The Secret World of Arrietty. Yonebayashi also co-wrote the film along with Masashi Ando and Keiko Niwa, adapting the story from a novel by Joan G. Robinson. The first trailer for the movie has now been released, and can be seen below.
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- Deepayan Sengupta
For animation geeks, it's hard not to get excited whenever a new Studio Ghibli film is on its way. Here is the U.S., that film is "The Tale of Princess Kaguya," which Gkids plans to release in an English dub this fall, but in Japan, the next Ghibli is due in theaters this month, and it looks like a real beauty. "When Marnie Was There" is is adapted from the book by Joan Robinson, and tells the story of a young, lonely girl who makes a new friend in Marnie--who very well may be a ghost. Robinson's book is on the list of Hayao Miyazaki's favorite 50 children's books, so it's not surprising that it's getting the Ghibli treatment. "Marnie" is directed by Yonebayashi Hiromasa, who helmed Studio Ghibli's "The Secret World of Arrietty." Niwa Keiko ("From Up on Poppy Hill") and Ando Masahi (a character designer on »
- Jacob Combs
The Secret World Of Arrietty director Yonebayashi Hiromasa returns to Japanese screens in July with his Studio Ghibli produced adaptation of Joan G. Robinson's children's novel When Marnie Was There and with the release rapidly approaching the first trailer has been broadcast on Japanese television. Which means that while there are oerlaid graphics from the broadcast it is now available online as well and it's looking fantastic.With studio founders Miyazaki Hayao and Takahata Isao now effectively in retirement following the releases of their latest films and longtime producer Suzuki Toshio also calling it quits famed anime production house Studio Ghibli is in a major period of transition right now with Yonebayashi now standing as their leading name. The long term stability of the studio will...
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Damián Szifrón’s Cannes Competition film Wild Tales and Palm d’Or winner Winter Sleep to open the T-Mobile New Horizons International Film Festival in Wroclaw.
A total of 20 films from Cannes Film Festival have been secured for the 14th New Horizons International Film Festival (July 24-Aug 3), Poland’s largest film event.
The festival, held in Wroclaw, will comprise screenings of around 365 films, including 199 features.
A second opening film will be this year’s Palme d’Or winner Winter Sleep, by Nuri Bilge Ceylan.
The festival will close with Cannes Grand Prix winner The Wonders by Italian director Alice Rohrwacher.
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