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Knowing a film is to be Hayao Miyazaki’s last is something you don’t really want to hear, but The Wind Rises shows why he is such a master of his art. Studio Ghibli is a company that I regard as being the best at what they do, and that is no small thing when you think of their competition. If this truly is his last film, then Miyazaki leaves us with a masterpiece.
Loosely based on the life story of Jiro Horikoshi the Japanese plane designer who created the Zero fighter plane used in World War 2 it is the story of hardship, and the effects of earthquakes, tuberculosis epidemics and economic depression on Japan that pushes them into the industrial age of war. Horikoshi’s dream was to build planes at a time when something new was needed and he had the skill to do it. Though his »
- Paul Metcalf
★★★★☆A celebration of craftsmanship and the creative process, legendary animator Hayao Miyazaki's mooted swansong, The Wind Rises (2013), examines the delineation between truth and beauty, questioning whether you can separate cause and effect when it comes to the work of an artist. Unlike much of Ghibli's oeuvre, The Wind Rises inhabits the adult world, presenting us with a highly fictionalised biopic about Japanese aeronautical engineer Jiro Horikoshi. However, that's not to say there isn't magic to be found beneath the bolts and rivets. Renowned for being the chief engineer behind the Japanese A6M Zero fighter plane, Miyazaki focuses on the innovator in Jiro, rather than the traumatic legacy of his life's work.
- CineVue UK
“Ugh, I smell like a human!”
Princess Mononoke plays this weekend (October 5th and 6th) at the Tivoli as part of their Reel Late at the Tivoli Midnight series. The midnight show this weekend is sponsored by Star Clipper, (St. Louis’ premier pop culture shop), who will provide trivia and prizes.
Hayao Miyazaki’s Princess Mononoke (1997) is reportedly a delightful anime from the man who has come to define everything that is best about the genre, I’ve never seen it, but Miyazaki always brings in the crowds for the midnight shows so I’m sure it’s a worthy choice. Princess Mononoke was Miyazaki’s calling card to the world outside Japan. The English voice cast boasts Billy Crudup, Billy Bob Thornton, Minnie Driver, Claire Danes, Jada Pinkett Smith, Gillan Anderson and Keith David – a considerable volume of talent for an animation back in 1997 (Toy Story was 1995), arguably marking »
- Tom Stockman
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Starring: Hideaki Anno, Hidetoshi Nishijima, Miori Takimoto, Masahiko Nishimura, Mansai Nomura, Jun Kunimura, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, John Krasinski, Emily Blunt, Martin Short, Stanley Tucci, Mandy Patinkin, Mae Whitman, Werner Herzog, William H. Macy.
Running Time: 126 minutes
The end of an era? We can only hope not. After all, Hayao Miyazaki has attempted retirement before, but then again, there is something about The Wind Rises that feels very definite and complete. The supposed final film of one of cinema’s true greats is not just a riveting biography of plane designer Jiro Hirokoshi, but also a look inside the soul of Miyazaki himself.
Miyazaki has always had a love for planes, ever since being born into a family that ran Miyazaki Airplanes. His films often contain flying apparati such as planes and airships, from Castle In The Sky to Porco Rosso. Now he delves back into the life of Hirokoshi, »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
"It was all very difficult..." It's not surprising that it is as wonderful to sit down and talk with the people from Studio Ghibli as it is to watch the wonderful movies they make. A few years ago, I was lucky enough to interview Hayao Miyazaki prior to his retirement during a trip over to the Us to promote Ponyo. While up in Toronto at Tiff 2014 this year, I had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet up with and interview Isao Takahata, the director of the beautiful film The Tale of Princess Kaguya, which was released in Japan last year and arrives in Us theaters this fall. He was wonderful to speak with, making my entire trip worth it. As with Miyazaki, the interviewed was conducted with a translator, so it's shorter than usual because it takes extra time to have both questions and answers translated. Takahata-san is an iconic animator »
- Alex Billington
Hayao Miyazaki's 2002 fantasy film "Spirited Away" is the only Best Animated Feature winner to be produced outside the English-speaking world. In fairness to the voters who still haven't bestowed Sylvain Chomet with an Oscar, there haven't been that many opportunities for outsiders to power through — the Academy only cemented the category for its 2002 ceremony (making Miyazaki's the only traditionally animated film to ever win the award too). So while the Oscars may not reflect the artistic legacy of Studio Ghibli — currently on a "brief pause" as it figures out how to be a money-making operation without recently retired, Walt Disney-like leader — the company arrives to the 2015 race with a major contender: "Tale of Princess Kaguya." Adapted from a 10th-century Japanese folktale by director and Studio Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata ("Grave of the Fireflies," "My Neighbors the Yamadas"), "Princess Kaguya" is the story of girl discovered in a stalk of bamboo, »
- Matt Patches
Following the retirement of animation icon Hayao Miyazaki, the beloved Studio Ghibli may be going through a restructuring process that will limit their output for the foreseeable future, but they’ve still got one more in the chamber, “The Tale of Princess Kaguya.” We all know that American audiences apparently hate to read movies, so the film is getting an English-dubbed makeover courtesy of some big name Hollywood stars, and this version just got a new trailer. Originally released in 2013, Isao Takahata (“The Grave of the Fireflys”) directed and co-wrote the film, and this marks the legendary animator’s first solo helming effort since 1999. A retelling of the folktale “The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter,” the film tells the story of a magical princess, Kaguya, who is discovered inside a stalk of bamboo, and traces her life from infancy to adulthood in the human world. After its initial release in Japan, »
- Brent McKnight
One of my personal highlights from this year's Toronto International Film Festival was getting to interview director Isao Takahata for his new film The Tale of Princess Kaguya. If you're not familiar with his name, Isao Takahata is the co-founder of Studio Ghibli along with Hayao Miyazaki, and he previously directed Only Yesterday, Pom Poko, My Neighbors the Yamadas, and the war-themed Grave of the Fireflies (which I can't recommend enough). In his latest movie, which is based on the folktale The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter, Takahata breaks away from Ghibli's familiar animation style and tells a story that embraces the connection between nature and magic. For more on the film, read Matt's review. The Tale of Princess Kaguya will be released in North America on October 17. During the interview Isao Takahata talked about how he picks his subject matter, how he decided on the look of the film and the style of animation, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Reginald Hudlin will produce the 6th Annual Governors Awards for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs announced today. The Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award will be presented to Harry Belafonte, and Honorary Awards will be presented to Jean-Claude Carrière, Hayao Miyazaki and Maureen O’Hara, on Saturday, November 8, at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center®. “With Reggie’s experience, unique vision and immense creativity, the evening celebrating those who have given so much to our industry is certain to be a memorable one,” said Boone Isaacs. "I’m honored to be working with the Academy again,” »
- Press Release
Reginald Hudlin will produce the 6th Annual Governors Awards on Nov. 8, at the Ray Dolby Ballroom in Hollywood, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Monday. The Governors Awards recipients are announced each summer and awarded at a November dinner gala, with highlights broadcast on the Oscars telecast. This year the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award will be presented to actor Harry Belafonte and honorary awards will be presented to French actor Jean-Claude Carrière, director and animation pioneer Hayao Miyazaki, and actress Maureen O'Hara. Also read: Harry Belafonte, Maureen O'Hara to Receive Honorary Oscars “With Reggie's experience, unique vision and immense creativity, »
- Gina Hall
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences had previously announced that Harry Belafonte will receive the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award; and Jean-Claude Carrière, Hayao Miyazaki and Maureen O’Hara will receive Honorary Awards.
“With Reggie’s experience, unique vision and immense creativity, the evening celebrating those who have given so much to our industry is certain to be a memorable one,” said AMPAS president Cheryl Boone Isaacs in a statement.
Hudlin added, “I’m honored to be working with the Academy again. The collective impact of this year’s Governors Awards recipients on the evolution of cinema is immeasurable. I’m a fan of all four of these legends, so producing a celebration of Ms. O’Hara’s performances, Mr. Carrière’s storytelling, Mr. Belafonte’s dedication and Mr. »
- Tim Gray
credit: © Ingrid Hertfelder 2012
The Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award will be presented to Harry Belafonte, and Honorary Awards will be presented to Jean-Claude Carrière, Hayao Miyazaki and Maureen O’Hara, on Saturday, November 8, at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center.
“With Reggie’s experience, unique vision and immense creativity, the evening celebrating those who have given so much to our industry is certain to be a memorable one,” said Boone Isaacs.
“I’m honored to be working with the Academy again,” said Hudlin. “The collective impact of this year’s Governors Awards recipients on the evolution of cinema is immeasurable. I’m a fan of all four of these legends, so producing a celebration of Ms. O’Hara’s performances, Mr. Carrière’s storytelling, »
- Michelle McCue
This year producer-writer-director Reginald Hudlin will produce the 6th Annual Governors Awards for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The Governors will present the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award to Harry Belafonte as well as Honorary Oscars to screenwriter Jean-Claude Carrière, animator Hayao Miyazaki and actress Maureen O’Hara on Saturday, November 8, at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland. “With Reggie’s experience, unique vision and immense creativity, the evening celebrating those who have given so much to our industry is certain to be a memorable one,” said Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs. "I’m honored to be working with the Academy again,” said Academy member Hudlin, who produced “The Academy Celebrates the Black Movie Soundtrack” concert at the Hollywood Bowl and has executive produced the NAACP Image Awards show for the past two years. He also serves on the executive board of the UCLA School of Theater, »
- Anne Thompson
Variety is reporting that Nintendo will premiere something called “Pikmin Short Movies” at the upcoming Tokyo International Film Festival. The film is animated, takes place in the Pikmin universe, and is produced by legendary Nintendo designer Shigeru Miyamoto. I love this idea already.
The film will be revealed via presentation, where Miyamoto is slated to be joined by Nobua Kawakami, the “producer-trainer” at Studio Ghibli. Ghibli is renowned for its animated movies in Japan, with its recently-retired founder Hayao Miyazaki often referred to as “the Japanese Walt Disney.” Clearly any collaboration with Ghibli, even just for a presentation, illustrates a mutual respect between Kawakami and Miyamoto.
The Pikmin movie is comprised of three shorts, each with separate titles. The first, called “The Night Juicer,” features Captain Olimar making his favorite flavor of juice, presumably with the help of Pikmin. The second is “Treasure in a Bottle,” in which Olimar and »
- Griffin Vacheron
Nathaniel's adventures at Tiff. Day 1
Are documentaries about filmmakers that are at least in part documentaries about the making of particular films, just giant infomercials? Can they ever not be even when they're good? The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness, a documentary about Studio Ghibli in Japan made me desperate to see Miyazaki's final picture The Wind Rises. And I've already seen it!
Kingdom purports to be about Studio Ghibli but is actually much closer to a profile of Hayao Miyazaki and his regimented and consistent working methods: he works from 11 Am to 9 Pm exactly Mondays through Saturdays; he storyboards all of his movies in chronological order while they're in production (no actual screenplays) so no one, including him, knows how they'll develop and end; his daily routine includes a walk in which he waves to the children of the animators in the in-house nursery and a trip to the »
- NATHANIEL R
★★★☆☆There's been much discussion this year of the winding down of beloved Japanese animation house Studio Ghibli, with the two founding fathers, Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata, hanging up their pencils. Both found fitting, if unspectacular, ways to bow out; first was Miyazaki with the soaring The Wind Rises (2013) and now Takahata follows suit with the evocative fable, The Tale of Princess Kaguya (Kaguyahime no monogatari, 2013). An appropriately melancholic swansong, it blends the director's prior occupations and provides a perfect canvas for a final visual flourish. Taking Eastern watercolours as inspiration, the aesthetic is impressionistic and painterly with a fluidity that imbues the piece with an intrinsic magic.
- CineVue UK
Kiki's Delivery Service (2014) Review Plot73% Acting74% Style, Scenery75% Direction74%Colorful sceneryFun for the whole familyKoshiba's performance might not please everyoneNot all subplots work73%Overall ScoreReader Rating: (2 Votes)81%
I too was quite surprised when I found out that this film was in production. I was even more surprised with the director that was making the film: Japanese master of horror Takashi Shimizu. So let’s get one thing straight right away (even though you probably already noticed): this is no horror film. If you are even only a little bit familiar with Japanese cinema, chances are that you know about Anime; Japanese animation that has taken the world by storm in the last few decades. If you know anything about Anime, you have probably heard of legendary director Hayao Miyazaki and his timeless masterpieces he created for Studio Ghibli. In 1989, Miyazaki released Majo no Takkyūbin, internationally known as Kiki’s Delivery Service. »
Directed by Isao Takahata.
Based on a tenth-century folk tale, an old man finds a princess in a bamboo who is only the size of a finger.
A bamboo cutter is out in the forest where he encounters a mysterious bamboo chute which contains a miniature princess; when his wife takes hold of the magical discovery it transforms into a normal size human baby. The couple soon realize that the original form of their adopted daughter is what she is meant to become; they are added in their mission by bamboo stalks appearing that when chopped unveil a vast of amount of gold nuggets and a variety of fabrics that are meant to be turned into luxurious robes. Within a blink of an eye the baby has a series of growth »
- Trevor Hogg
Honorary Award: Gloria Swanson, Rita Hayworth among dozens of women bypassed by the Academy (photo: Honorary Award non-winner Gloria Swanson in 'Sunset Blvd.') (See previous post: "Honorary Oscars: Doris Day, Danielle Darrieux Snubbed.") Part three of this four-part article about the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Honorary Award bypassing women basically consists of a long, long — and for the most part quite prestigious — list of deceased women who, some way or other, left their mark on the film world. Some of the names found below are still well known; others were huge in their day, but are now all but forgotten. Yet, just because most people (and the media) suffer from long-term — and even medium-term — memory loss, that doesn't mean these women were any less deserving of an Honorary Oscar. So, among the distinguished female film professionals in Hollywood and elsewhere who have passed away without »
- Andre Soares
Magic happens here, and though Mami Sunada isn’t the first documentary filmmaker permitted to observe toon maestro Hayao Miyazaki in his creative element (the others have been for TV or homevideo bonus features), she couldn’t have picked a better time: GKids-acquired “Kingdom of Dreams and Magic” observes the making of Miya-san’s final feature, “The Wind Rises,” while elsewhere in the studio, business partner and friendly rival Isao Takahata, struggles to complete his own career capper, “The Tale of Princess Kaguya.”
Though suitable for audiences of all ages, Sunada’s “Kingdom” isn’t so different from the merchandising coming out of Ghibli these days: Yes, kids will be interested, but it’s really aimed at the adult fans. Not until the film’s last 10 minutes, and even then for no more than 40 seconds, does she insert footage from Miyazaki’s incredible oeuvre — a filmography that includes “Spirited Away, »
- Peter Debruge
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