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New trailer for the Studio Ghibli documentary The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness

25 November 2014 12:24 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

A new U.S. trailer has arrived online for director Mami Sunada’s documentary The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness, which follows Studio Ghibli co-founders Hayao Miyazaki, Isao Takahata and Toshio Suzuki over the course of a year – which just so happens to be the same year that anime legend Miyazaki announces his retirement. Check it out here after the official synopsis…

Granted near-unfettered access to the notoriously insular Studio Ghibli, director Mami Sunada follows the three men who are the lifeblood of Ghibli – the eminent director Hayao Miyazaki, the producer Toshio Suzuki, and the elusive and influential “other director” Isao Takahata – over the course of a year as the studio rushes to complete two films, Miyazaki’s The Wind Rises and Takahata’s The Tale of The Princess Kaguya. The result is a rare “fly on the wall” glimpse of the inner workings of one of the world’s most celebrated animation studios, »

- Gary Collinson

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The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness

23 November 2014 12:41 AM, PST | | See recent TheMovieBit news »

You can’t talk about great animation studios without mentioning Studio Ghibli. The first trailer for The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness has arrived and offers an unprecedented look behind the scenes over the course of a year as the studio rushes to complete two films. Hayao Miyazaki’s The Wind Rises and Isao Takahata’s The Tale of Princess Kaguya. »

- (Vic Barry)

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Studio Ghibli doc The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness gets trailer

21 November 2014 5:57 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Studio Ghibli documentary The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness has released a trailer.

Mami Sunada's film saw her given access to the animation studio and its chief filmmakers Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata.

Her filming happened to coincide with the announcement of Miyazaki's retirement after the release of The Wind Rises.

The documentary spotlights his feelings surrounding his decision to quit filmmaking.

Miyazaki has revealed that he will continue to make short films for the Ghibli Museum in Tokyo.

The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness has received a limited release in the UK and will arrive in Us cinemas on November 28. It will arrive on VOD on December 9. »

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Watch: Learn The Magic Of Studio Ghibli & Hayao Miyazaki In Trailer For 'The Kingdom Of Dreams and Madness'

20 November 2014 2:01 PM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

With Hayao Miyazaki announcing his retirement and Studio Ghibli's future being called into question, it’s been a gloomy year for the animation industry. While this may not be the end of the studio, it feels like the end of an era. For nearly 30 years the studio has been turning in one animated classic after another. At least now we can catch a glimpse of magic behind the legendary studio and its two resident masters at work. Mami Sunada's ("Death of a Japanese Salesman") documentary "The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness" provides a rare look at the inner workings of Studio Ghibli. It follows Miyazaki as he completes his final feature, "The Wind Rises." You also follow the studio’s other master director Isao Takahata (“Grave of the Fireflies”) as he simultaneously works on his own swan song, "The Tale of Princess Kaguya." Here's the official synopsis: Granted »

- Anthony Nicholas

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The Kingdom Of Dreams And Madness: Watch Trailer, See Poster, Note Release Dates

20 November 2014 6:00 AM, PST | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness is a documentary that gives us a rare glimpse behind the scenes at the famed animation house Studio Ghibli. There is a new trailer for the upcoming theatrical and VOD release, as well as a new poster. Granted near-unfettered access to the notoriously insular Studio Ghibli, director Mami Sunada follows the three men who are the lifeblood of Ghibli - the eminent director Hayao Miyazaki, the producer Toshio Suzuki, and the elusive and influential "other director" Isao Takahata - over the course of a year as the studio rushes to complete two films, Miyazaki's The Wind Rises and Takahata's The Tale of The Princess Kaguya. The result is a rare "fly on the wall" glimpse of the inner workings of one of the...

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Sliff 2014 Review – The Kingdom Of Dreams And Madness

16 November 2014 3:16 PM, PST | | See recent news »

The Kingdom Of Dreams And Madness screens on Tuesday, November 18 at 7:30 Pm at Webster University’s Winifred Moore Auditorium as part of the 23rd Annual Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival. Get ticket information here

Director Mami Sanuda’s new documentary may have begun as an overview pf Japan’s leading animation company, Studio Ghibli, but it quickly evolves into a fascinating, intimate portrait of legendary director/storyteller Hayao Miyasaki. We first meet him on a typical work day, briskly walking the area adjacent to all the much-younger working artists. No private, plush office for him, though his simple desk and chair are next to a window. Quite a nice view, but the studio structure itself is quite pleasant with bright white walls, massive windows that let the sunlight stream in, and opulent landscaping (even a rooftop garden). But Miyasaki doesn’t spend much time up there. Wearing a »

- Jim Batts

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Miyazaki Doesn't Offer Hope For Ghibli

12 November 2014 7:06 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Last year the world was saddened by the news of Studio Ghibli co-founder Hayao Miyazaki announcing his retirement - just as his acclaimed (and final) animated feature "The Wind Rises" had its premiere at the Venice Film Festival.

Even more shocking was the news in August this year that Studio Ghibli itself would be restructuring and essentially getting out of the animated feature business. Ahead of his acceptance of an honorary Oscar, The Los Angeles Times asked Miyazaki about the company's future. Sadly, the news still appears bleak:

"At this point, we're not making a new film. I think we will not be making any feature films to be shown in theaters. That was not my intention, though. All I did was announce that I would be retiring and not making any more features."

Asked if others at the studio could continue on their legacy after he and partner Isao Takahata leave, »

- Garth Franklin

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Ajyal youth festival unveils line-up

12 November 2014 5:19 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Second edition of the Ajyal Youth Film Festival in Doha to include 90 films from 43 countries.

A total of 90 films have been selected for the second edition of the Ajyal Youth Film Festival (Dec 1-6) at the Cultural Village Katara in Doha.

Ten of these features are by first and second-time filmmakers including Macondo by Sudabeh Mortezai, Antboy by Ask Hasselbalch, #chicagoGirl: The Social Network Takes On a Dictator by Joe Piscatella and the opening night world premiere of Speed Sisters by Amber Fares.

Other highlights of this year’s feature film line-up include the Mena premiere of Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet, produced by and starring Salma Hayek-Pinault. The animated feature, which is the Festival’s closing night gala presentation, is an adaptation of Gibran’s book directed by Roger Allers (The Lion King), featuring sequences by directors including Gulf animator Mohammed Saeed Harib.

Special guests confirmed to attend the festival include a delegation from Kahlil Gibran »

- (Michael Rosser)

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'The Tale of the Princess Kaguya' (2014) Movie Review

10 November 2014 2:45 PM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

The reverence people have for Studio Ghibli is astounding. This mainly has to do with people worshiping at the altar of Hayao Miyazaki, but with his (supposed) retirement from feature filmmaking, I wonder how reverent those Ghibli fans will remain. For me, I have always admired what the studio does more than actually liked their films. Sure, they have some truly great pieces of work, like Spirited Away, but most of their stuff I find very pretty, without actually connecting with them. However, The Tale of the Princess Kaguya is directed by Isao Takahata, the man who made me weep like an infant with Grave of the Fireflies. I wish I could say the same about his latest outing, which is overlong and treads surprisingly familiar territory in not a very interesting way, though beautifully animated. One day a bamboo cutter while, you guessed it, cutting bamboo comes across a »

- Mike Shutt

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Oscars: 20 Films Submitted for Best Animated Feature Consideration

4 November 2014 2:49 PM, PST | | See recent news »

A total of 20 films have been submitted for consideration for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, with titles ranging from The Lego Movie to The Boxtrolls to The Tale of the Princess Kaguya.  This is an odd year in that there’s really no clear frontrunner yet.  Pixar didn’t release anything, and response to Walt Disney Animation’s sole offering, Big Hero 6, isn’t coming close to the near universal praise of Frozen last year.  DreamWorks Animation has a strong film in How to Train Your Dragon 2, but the sequel suffered a somewhat disappointing box office performance domestically.  Princess Kaguya comes from the revered folks at Studio Ghibli and studio co-founder Isao Takahata, so it could be a formidable force in the race, and I’d say The Lego Movie is a strong contender to take home the trophy as well given its wildly positive response from critics and audiences alike. »

- Adam Chitwood

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The best of Doc NYC 2014 by Anne-Katrin Titze

4 November 2014 10:52 AM, PST | | See recent news »

The fifth annual Doc NYC, running from November 13-20, will showcase 153 films and events, including screenings of 91 feature-length films, 37 shorts, and 24 doc-related panel discussions and master classes. Chris Hegedus (Kings Of Pastry), D.A. Pennebaker (David) and Albert Maysles (Salesman) will receive Lifetime Achievement Awards.

Mami Sunada's The Kingdom Of Dreams And Madness on Studio Ghibli's Hayao Miyazaki (The Wind Rises - Kaze Tachinu) and Isao Takahata (Grave Of The Fireflies - Hotaru No Haka) - An Open Secret by Amy Berg (Every Secret Thing) - Gracie Otto's portrait of Michael White The Last Impresario - Citizenfour directed by Laura Poitras (The Oath) are four highlights of Doc NYC 2014.

The Last Impresario - Michael White with Kate Moss

The Last Impresario

Gracie Otto's captivatingly energetic The Last Impresario bursts at the seams with interviews from prominent friends and collaborators of one-of-a-kind London artistic power player Michael White, »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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‘The Tale of Princess Kaguya’ Review: Chloë Grace Moretz Voices Exquisite Animated Tour de Force

23 October 2014 2:10 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Civilization has a way of transforming the most fundamental aspects of life into frills and indecencies. Under its oppressive, distortive might, language is deformed into florid flattery, love into empty ceremony, and faces into long-suffering canvases, from which eyebrows are painfully plucked and artificial ones drawn on just because. Culture, refinement, and sophistication — all the hallmarks of an “advanced” civilization — are put on trial in Isao Takahata's “The Tale of Princess Kaguya,” an exquisite, hand-drawn marvel and an alternatingly jubilant and heartrending epic pastoral. In a strong year for animation (“Big Hero 6,” “The Boxtrolls,” “The Book of »

- Inkoo Kang

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The Hype Cycle: Contenders Arrive in Theaters

23 October 2014 11:32 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Excuse the absence in this column for the last few weeks. I’ve been covering the Chicago International Film Festival, catching up with a few of the Foreign Language Oscar contenders while there. Now however, many of these movies are finally making their ways into theaters, providing an extra wrinkle into the race as both critics and fans weigh in on their quality.

1. Birdman

Birdman has finally arrived, and it’s everything the critics and the public have imagined. The film had a solid opening on just four theaters in its opening weekend, earning half a million dollars, and Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis and more have all been making the talk show rounds to promote this weird, goofy film everyone loves.

Kris Tapley went right out and handed Keaton the Oscar for Best Actor, writing “The emotional spectrum of this character, Riggan Thompson — who all actors will identify with at the end of the day, »

- Brian Welk

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The Tale of Princess Kaguya Movie Review

22 October 2014 4:17 PM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

The Tale Of Princess Kaguya Gkids Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten. Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade:    B+ Director:  Isao Takahata Screenwriter:  Isao Takahata Cast:  Dubbed version: Chloë Grace Moretz, James Caan, Mary Steenburgen, Darren Criss, Lucy Liu, Beau Bridges, James Marsden, Oliver Platt, Dean Cain. Subtitled version: Aki Asakura, Kengo Kora, Takeo Chii, Nobuko Miyamoto, Atsuko Takahata, Tomoko Tabata, Tatekawa, Takaya Kamikawa, Hikaru Ijuin, Ryudo Uzaki, Nakamura Shichinosuke II, Isao Hashizume, Yukiji Asaoka, Tatsuya Nakadai Screened at:  Review 2, NYC, 10/14/15 Opens:  October 17, 2014 If your high school World History course was like mine, you spent a little time on Greece and Rome, another few weeks on medieval  [ Read More ]

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- Harvey Karten

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Studio Ghibli Quietly Enters Oscar Animation Race with 'Princess Kaguya'

20 October 2014 11:11 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Director Isao Takahata may not have the Oscar pedigree of Studio Ghibli's is-he-or-isn't-he-retired figurehead Hayao Miyazaki. But Takahata is a revered animated filmmaker whose latest, "The Tale of Princess Kaguya," has been unassumingly picking up festival awards and buzz and critical acclaim, and could prove a stealthy contender for the Best Animated Feature Oscar. Here's why: In his latest Toh! arthouse box office report, Tom Brueggemann writes: Enterprising GKids has managed to break into the Oscar Animated Feature race with several foreign-made films, and this Studio Ghibli production (not from master director Hayao Miyazaki) is positioned to continue that trend. This is the best-reviewed animated film of the year (by a large margin). Its opening numbers are quite strong, particularly with the modest ad buy. This isn't at the level of the also Ghibli-made "From Up on Poppy Hill" (from Miyazaki's son) which last year did $57,000 its first weekend in two. »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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The Best of “Movie Poster of the Day,” Part 8

17 October 2014 11:33 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Above: Italian poster for Confidential Agent (Herman Shumlin, USA, 1945). Artist: Luigi Martinati (1893-1984).

The most popular poster I’ve posted on  Tumblr in the past three months—and actually the second most “liked” poster I’ve posted in the three years I’ve been doing this—was this Italian design by the great Luigi Martinati for a lesser known Lauren Bacall vehicle, but one in which the late star was unusually front and center. (You can see more of Bacall’s posters here.)

The rest of the top twenty are a wild variety of old (three for films from the 1920s, no less) and new (two 2014 releases). I was especially pleased to see Dorothea Fischer-Nosbisch’s superb 1967 design for a Festival of Young German Film get such attention. A lot of other design greats are featured: Saul Bass, the Stenberg brothers, Macario Gomez, Karl Oskar Blase and Josef Fenneker. And »

- Adrian Curry

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The Tale of Princess Kaguya arrives at Tiff Bell Lightbox

17 October 2014 8:02 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Christmas has come early for fans of Studio Ghibli as the first film in 14 years by co-founder Isao Takahata (Grave of the Fireflies) begins a theatrical run at the Tiff Bell Lightbox today; the subtitled and dubbed versions of The Tale of Princess Kaguya (Kaguya-hime no Monogatari) will be screened allowing audience members of all ages to enjoy the adaptation of the 10th-century Japanese folktale.

One day in the forest, the simple bamboo cutter Okina finds a baby in the folds of a bamboo shoot, and brings the infant home to his wife Ona. Naming the child Kaguya and raising her as their own, the couple soon discovers that their daughter is truly not of this world: she grows at an unnaturally quick rate, and has soon matured into a beautiful young woman. Discovering a cache of gold and lavish silks in the forest that he takes as a sign of Kaguya’s royal heritage, »

- Trevor Hogg

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The Tale Of Princess Kaguya Review

17 October 2014 7:16 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

[This is a re-post of my The Tale of Princess Kaguya review from the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival.  The film opens today in limited release.  Please note that this review is for the original Japanese-language version, so there is no critique of the English-language dubbing or the voice acting.] Studio Ghibli’s films have always embraced the connection between nature and magic, and The Tale of Princess Kaguya continues this tradition in fine form. Writer-director Isao Takahata, who also co-founded Studio Ghibli, breaks from the company’s familiar animation style to venture into a sumi-e look that perfectly suits the story’s celebration of nature’s simplicity and magnificence. Although Kaguya does become slightly redundant in highlighting its heroine’s values before the film indulges in an abrupt revelation, Takahata and Ghibli have still found fresh life in their classic themes. A bamboo cutter is working in the forest one day when a tree begins to glow. As he approaches it, a plant blooms to reveal a tiny girl dressed in fine robes. He picks her up in the palm of his hand and takes her home to his wife whereupon the girl transforms into a normal, healthy, crying baby. »

- Matt Goldberg

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Studio Ghibli’s Latest, The Tale of Princess Kaguya, Is Quiet But Powerful

17 October 2014 6:30 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Magical and melancholy, The Tale of Princess Kaguya comes from the other mad genius of Studio Ghibli, Isao Takahata, who co-founded the beloved Japanese animation company alongside the great Hayao Miyazaki back in 1985. Somewhat more idiosyncratic than Miyazaki — and with a darker streak — Takahata was responsible for 1988’s war drama Grave of the Fireflies, still probably the most scarring animated film I’ve ever seen, but also possibly the most beautiful. The Tale of Princess Kaguya is a gentler work, and at first, it feels slighter, too. Based on an old, popular Japanese legend, it starts off like an odd little fable, but then its expansive sadness sneaks up on you.Hand-drawn, in a style that looks to my untrained eye at times like lightly colored charcoal sketches, Kaguya begins with a bamboo cutter discovering a mysterious, teeny-tiny, elegantly dressed girl inside a glowing bamboo stalk. He takes her »

- Bilge Ebiri

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Notebook Reviews: Isao Takahata's "The Tale of Princess Kaguya"

16 October 2014 11:53 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

In the Competition at this year's Festival de Cannes, Jean-Luc Godard bid goodbye to language, while down the boulevard in the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs (Directors' Fortnight), the master Ghibli animator Isao Takahata bid goodbye to cinema. Godard might assert it's one and the same. Certainly The Tale of the Princess Kaguya, Takahata's final film and one adapted from the classic 10th century Japanese folktale "The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter," leaves the earth behind; at its end, the princess who appears to a humble peasant returns to her place of birth, the moon. Yet the story is not just one of death but one of birth and maturation—and perhaps therefore rebirth.

A great, grounded realist with a firm eye but a light touch, Takahata's leisurely swan song has a rare serenity and grace. Its hand-drawn images look watercolored, loose and free, humble but full of beauty. The first act, »

- Daniel Kasman

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