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This holiday season, Tiff Cinematheque presents a retrospective devoted to Japan’s Studio Ghibli — one of the most influential film studios in the world. Following its spectacularly popular run in the spring of 2012, Spirited Away: The Films of Studio Ghibli returns from December 13 to January 3 to delight Tiff Bell Lightbox audiences with a near-exhaustive 18-film collection that includes a blend of new 35-mm and digital prints. The showcase pays homage to the studio’s legendary Japanese animation team led by Isao Takahata and Hayao Miyazaki, its trademark animation style, powerful storytelling, and deeply felt humanism. Tiff is honoured to finally feature the rarely-screened masterpiece Grave of the Fireflies, one of Ghibli's supreme accomplishments and regarded by many as the greatest »
- Zoë Gulliksen
Tokyo — “The Story of Princess Kaguya,” Anime maestro Isao Takahata’s first feature in 14 years, topped the Japanese B.O. on its opening Nov. 23-24 weekend.
Bowing on 456 screens, “Princess Kaguya” earned $2.8 million on 222,822 admissions. Based an ancient Japanese folktale about a princess from the moon who comes to earth, the pic attracted everyone from oldsters to kids with their parents. Studio Ghibli and its production partners spent nearly eight years and $50 million making what may well be the 78-year-old Takahata’s last film.
Originally scheduled to bow on July 20 together with “The Wind Rises,” a WW2-themed animation by another Ghibli master, Hayao Miyazaki, “Princess Kaguya” had its release pushed back by production delays.
The pic may not hit the B.O. heights of “The Wind Rises,” which has earned nearly $120 million while being tipped for an animation Oscar nod, but it may well finish as the year’s number two Japanese Bo hit. »
- Mark Schilling
Tokyo – The latest Studio Ghibli production The Tale of Princess Kaguya (Kaguya-hime no Monogatari), directed by Isao Takahata, opened atop the weekend box office with a $2.8 million (284 million yen) two-day take from 456 screens. The first film in 14 years from Takahata, 78, and the first release since the retirement of Ghibli co-founder Hayao Miyazaki, 72, assumed the anime hit factory's usual spot on the box office charts. Takahata has been working on the production at least since 2008, when he first announced the project. The opening performance couldn't compete with Miyazaki's The
- Gavin J. Blair
Moving bits of paper around (the old way) or painting with billions of pixels (the new) has conjured up some of the greatest films of all time. From The Iron Giant to Persepolis, Guardian and Observer critics pick the 10 best
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10. The Tale of the Fox
A sneaky fox plays a series of underhand tricks on his neighbours in the animal kingdom, among them a timorous hare and a gullible wolf. The king of the beasts, a lion, summons him to face charges but the fox proceeds to outwit everyone, including the king himself. When Ladislas Starevich told this tale in the 1930s it was by no means new – versions of the Reynard story had been circulating around Europe for the best part of a millennium – but the »
The Festival Internazionale del Film di Roma, also known as the Rome Film Festival, has announced its awards from a Jury chaired by James Gray. Kiyoshi Kurosawa's Seventh Code was among the winners, picking up Best Director and Best Technical Contribution.
The Seventh Art's latest video mag is now online, featuring interviews with João Pedro Rodrigues and Corneliu Porumboiu, among others. What's next for Joe Dante? A horror-comedy starring Anton Yelchin titled Burying the Ex (it's the sort of cheesy title we'd only let him get away with!).
Above: from our friend Adrian Curry's Tumblr, a French poster for The Big Sleep that auctioned off for $21,510. Check out this fun, totally bizarre interactive video for Bob Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone". For Film Comment, Max Nelson »
- Adam Cook
Watch the brand new trailer for Hayao Miyazaki’s The Wind Rises.
In The Wind Rises, Jiro dreams of flying and designing beautiful airplanes, inspired by the famous Italian aeronautical designer Caproni. Nearsighted from a young age and unable to be a pilot, Jiro joins a major Japanese engineering company in 1927 and becomes one of the world’s most innovative and accomplished airplane designers. The film chronicles much of his life, depicting key historical events, including the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923, the Great Depression, the tuberculosis epidemic and Japan’s plunge into war. Jiro meets and falls in love with Nahoko, and grows and cherishes his friendship with his colleague Honjo.
Writer and director Hayao Miyazaki pays tribute to engineer Jiro Horikoshi and author Tatsuo Hori in this epic tale of love, perseverance, and the challenges of living and making choices in a turbulent world.
The Wind Rises was released »
- Michelle McCue
Studio Ghibli has released a 6-minute long trailer for their incredible looking animated feature film The Legend of Princess Kaguya. I love traditionally animated films, the art is basically dead outside of TV, so it's good that Studio Ghibli is keeping the form alive.
The movie was directed by Ghibli co-founder, Isao Takahata, who also directed the beautifully animated Grave of the Fireflies. This movie is based on Japanese folklore and was specifically inspired by The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter. It's a 10th century work that is the oldest surviving folktale in Japanese literature.
The legend of princess Kaguya centers on "a pocket-sized baby who was discovered by an old bamboo cutter named Taketori no Okina, while growing inside the stalk of a glowing bamboo plant." The animation style is very different and absolutely beautiful!
The movie will open on November 23 in Japan. There is no Us release date for the film yet. »
- Joey Paur
The Tale of Princess Kaguya Trailer. Isao Takahata‘s The Tale of Princess Kaguya / Kaguyahime no monogatari (2013) movie trailer (6 minute long) stars Tatsuya Nakadai, Shichinosuke Nakamura, Kengo Kora, Nobuko Miyamoto, and Takaya Kamikawa. The Tale of Princess Kaguya‘s plot synopsis: “The latter film adapts the Japanese story The Tale of the Bamboo [...]
Continue reading: Tale Of Princess Kaguya (2013) Movie Trailer: 6 Min from Studio Ghibli »
- Rollo Tomasi
The Tiff Cinematheque is putting on a retrospective this holiday season devoted to Japan’s Studio Ghibli. Following a spectacularly popular run in the spring of 2012 (which, as well as playing Toronto, made it across the Us, too), the retrospective is returning on December 13 and running through January 3 with a near-exhaustive 18-film collection that includes a blend of new 35mm and digital prints. Of note is the inclusion this time around of Isao Takahata's "Grave of the Fireflies," a title not part of the original retrospective. The lineup also includes "From Up On Poppy Hill," a father-son collaboration between studio co-founder Hayao Miyazaki and his son Goro; and Miyazaki classics such as "My Neighbor Totoro," "Princess Mononoke," "Kiki’s Delivery Service" and Oscar winner "Spirited Away"; as well as rarely seen Ghibli titles "Only Yesterday" and "The Ocean Waves."Plus, cinephile director Guillermo del Toro will lead a master »
- Beth Hanna
As part of the holiday season Tiff Cinematheque gives the retrospective treatment to the legendary Japanese animated company founded by Isao Takahata and Hayao Miyazaki from December 13th, 2013 to January 3rd, 2014.
Blending new 35-mm and digital prints, 18 Studio Ghibli films will be showcased including From Up on Poppy Hill, My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke, Kiki’s Delivery Service, Oscar-winner Spirited Away, rarely seen titles Only Yesterday and Ocean Waves plus infrequently screened Grave of the Fireflies.
Two versions will be made available to audience members either in Japanese with English subtitles or English dubbed versions starring the voices of Cate Blanchett, Dakota Fanning, Matt Damon, Tina Fey, Anna Paquin, Kirsten Dunst, Billy Bob Thornton, Minnie Driver, Amy Poehler, Claire Danes and Liam Neeson.
Reports of Japanese animation icon Hayao Miyazaki's retirement may have been greatly exaggerated. The one-time head of Studio Ghibli, director of masterpieces such as Spirited Away and Howl's Moving Castle, is said to be working on a new samurai-themed manga comic set in Japan's "Warring States" period.
The news that the 72-year-old film-maker is continuing to draw was broken by Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki on the Japanese TV show Sekai-ichi Uketai Jugyō. "I think he will serialise a manga," said Suzuki when asked how Miyazaki was enjoying his retirement. "From the beginning, he likes drawing about his favourite things. That's his stress relief." Suzuki then confirmed the project's Warring States setting, but added: "He'll get angry if I talk too much. Let's stop talking about this. »
- Ben Child
The words “Studio Ghibli” are more or less synonymous with gorgeous animation. After all, it’s the same Studio Ghibli that was founded by Hayao Miyazaki, the man who introduced the world to Totoros, enchanted bathhouses, pig parents and super-sized flying wolf heads in some of the most enchanting animated films ever made. But contrary to popular belief, there are other people putting ink on paper at the renowned studio (something of a relief, considering that Miyazaki’s next feature-length film, The Wind Rises, will also be his last). One such filmmaker, Isao Takahata, has his own film releasing shortly. Chances are, Takahata’s upcoming The Story of Princess Kaguya will end up eclipsed by the enormity of “Miyazaki’s final film ever” yet that’s an entirely undeserved fate. It’s absolutely worth taking a look at the film, which, conveniently, you can do below. Studio Ghibli may champion hand-drawn animation, but »
- Adam Bellotto
Also out today is a full-length Japanese trailer for "Grave of the Fireflies" director Isao Takahata's "The Tale of Princess Kaguya," a film based on the Japanese folktale The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter.
While 'Wind' sports Miyazaki's trademark look, 'Kaguya' sports a very different style designed to evoke hand scroll artwork.
- Garth Franklin
Twenty-five years ago Studio Ghibli’s second major release was the double feature of My Neighbor Totoro from Hayao Miyazai and Grave of the Fireflies from Isao Takahata. This year we’ve already seen Miyazaki’s latest, The Wind Rises, arriving to acclaim (and some controversy) in Japan, and we’ve now got a poster for the Us release. At […] »
- Russ Fischer
The worlds of Studio Ghibli have always been fascinating to live in, but for an upcoming film the Japan-based outfit looks to be headed in an entirely new direction. Coming from Grave of the Fireflies director Isao Takahata, The Tale of Princess Kaguya (Kaguya-hime no Monogatari) seems to be using a style invoking watercolor animation and we now have a [...] »
- Jack Cunliffe
Spirited Away director’s “last film” to open the Doha-backed youth festival.
The first Ajyal Youth Film Festival (Nov 26-30), presented by the Doha Film Institute, will usher in its first edition with the Mena Premiere of Hayao Miyazaki’sThe Wind Rises.
Written and directed by Miyazaki, the anime feature derives inspiration from a short story written by Tatsuo Hori, which fictionalises the life of the designer of the fighter aircraft Mitsubishi A5M and its successor, the Mitsubishi A6M Zero, both of which were used for battle in World War II.
Fatma Al Remaihi, festival director, said Japanese anime is “extremely popular with the youth in the Middle East” and the festival will “pay tribute to one of the world’s most followed art forms”.
The tribute to anime also includes:
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
I love the art of traditional animation, especially when it comes from Studio Ghibli. That is the one studio that will keep traditionally animated feature films alive. Disney Animation and DreamWorks Animation have both given up on the art form and are all about CG animation. There are some things that CG just can't capture that traditional animation can, and you'll see that in these trailers for Studio Ghibli's new film The Tale of Princess Kaguya.
The film was directed by Ghibli co-founder, Isao Takahata, who directed Grave of the Fireflies. The film is based on Japanese folklore and was specifically inspired by The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter. It's a 10th century work that is the oldest surviving folktale in Japanese literature.
The legend of princess Kaguya centers on "a pocket-sized baby who was discovered by an old bamboo cutter named Taketori no Okina, while growing »
- Joey Paur
Gather 'round fans of animation, this is something to behold. The first teaser trailer for Studio Ghibli's The Tale of Princess Kaguya has debuted, and it's unlike anything seen before. The film is Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata's retelling of the 10th century Japanese folktale The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter, and is in the style of "the classical Japanese scroll Chōjū-jinbutsu-giga." As usual with their teasers it's short and features beautiful music, but not much of the story, only a quick scene. Honestly I'm not sure what to make of this. On one hand, it looks incredible, like nothing I've seen; on the other, it looks like unfinished storyboards waiting to be animated. Either way, this is going to be interesting. Expect nothing less from Studio Ghibli. Here's the first Japanese teaser for Isao Takahata's The Tale of Princess Kaguya, found via Vlicious: Studio Ghibli's The Tale of Princess Kaguya, »
- Alex Billington
Knowing The Wind Rises is expected to be writer/director Hayao Miyazaki's final feature film brings with it a certain sense of want, expectation and hope. Miyazaki has given us some of the best animated films cinema has ever seen from films such as Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro and any countless number of personal favorites you and I have beyond that. To imagine such a splendid cinematic era coming to an end brings with it a bit of disappointment as well, which is only emphasized due to the fact this final effort lands with a bit of a dull thud. Taking his past filmography into consideration, The Wind Rises is a bit of a departure from what we've come to expect from the animation icon. It's a much darker, more down-to-earth drama. The fantastical elements he usually employs are less a part of the story and more a »
- Brad Brevet
Feature Ryan Lambie 23 Sep 2013 - 06:38
Studio Ghibli may be best known for its woodland spirits and castles in the sky, but there's so much more to the Japanese animation house's output than colourful fantasy. Whether directed by founders Hayao Miyazaki, Isao Takahata, or newer animators, such as Hiromasa Yonebayashi (Arrietty), Studio Ghibli's movies are equally alive in their more dramatic, quiet moments.
From Up On Poppy Hill, released in Japan in 2011 and out now on home release in the UK, may surprise some viewers with its gentle period romance, but it provides a fresh example of how Studio Ghibli can breathe life into even the most prosaic activities. From Up On Poppy Hill is the second feature from Goro Miyazaki - the son »
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