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It's been announced that a live action film of the hugely popular character Lupin III will arrive in the summer of next year. The first Lupin manga was published in 1967 and has continued to be hugely popular, spawning numerous anime, manga, films and games. The adventures of the master thief have already been converted into a live action film back in 1974, but the most famous big screen version, certainly outside of Japan, is The Castle of Cagliostro, the first feature film of Studio Ghibli co-founder Hayao Miyazaki.Lupin the Third is to be directed by Kitamura Ryuhei, no stranger to adapting manga having helmed 2003's assassin adventure Azumi. Oguri Shun will star in the title role as Lupin III, the grandson of legendary gentleman...
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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:
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McM Expo/London Comic Con returns to ExCel London on 25th – 27th October. As well as hosting a galaxy of great sci-fi, movie, games, comics, anime and cosplay content, they’ve also got their usual huge line up of special guests – with more guests being added all the time! see www.mcmcomiccon.com for the latest London Comic Con news – but here’s a round-up of who’s been announced so far:
Red hot fantasy-noir show Lost Girl is coming to McM London Comic Com, with stars Ksenia Solo (Black Swan, Life Unexpected) and Rachel Skarsten (Transporter: The Series, Birds Of Prey) plus executive producer Jay Firestone (Andromeda, La Femme Nikita). Stars from hit sci-fi series Warehouse 13: Kelly Hu (Arrow, X-Men 2, The Vampire Diaries); Eddie McClintock (Bones, Desperate Housewives) and actor/director Saul Rubinek (Frasier, Curb Your Enthusiasm). The stars of new crime thriller By Any Means: Warren Brown (Luther, »
- Phil Wheat
Written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki
An escapist, morally simplistic tale purveying hackneyed truisms masquerading as profundities, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind is animation legend Hayao Miyazaki’s second feature and his inexperience as a writer shows. His debut is the relatively obscure Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro, which this column will cover at some point in the future. This film’s financial success led directly to the creation of Studio Ghibli, and for that, it is of monumental importance. Its influence on anime as a whole looms large as well, for better and worse. As much as it may be painful for the inaugural edition of this column to be a negative review, it’s important to note that not all animation from abroad is of high quality by default. So let’s talk about this mess.
- Simon Opitz
Tokyo — Expanding on an earlier announcement by Studio Ghibli president Koji Hoshino, anime maestro and studio co-founder Hayao Miyazaki told the media on Friday that he will definitely not direct any more feature films. But he left the door open for other projects.
In a statement handed to a packed hall of nearly 600 journalists at a Tokyo hotel, Miyazaki said that he intends to keep working ten more years (“if all goes well”). Noting that the intervals between his films was becoming longer – his latest, “The Wind Rises,” was five years in the works, Miyazaki added that if he keeps stretching out production periods to six or seven years “the studio can’t survive.”
Admitting that he had often spoken of retiring before, he told reporters “I’m really serious this time… My era of animation is over.”
“In place of feature animation, there are various things I want to try and do, »
- Mark Schilling
Hayao Miyazaki, a Japanese animation giant whose name has become practically synonymous with the entire industry, is ready to hand the work down to a new generation of animators. During a press conference at the Venice Film Festival, according to The Los Angeles Times, Studio Ghibli President Koju Hoshino announced Miyaziki's retirement but declined to answer questions, saying that there would be more details at a press conference in Tokyo next week. Miyazaki co-founded Studio Ghibli in 1985 but his career stretches decades earlier than that, to when he joined Toei Animation in 1963 as an in-between artist on Gulliver's Travels Beyond The Moon. Miyazaki's first full-length feature was 1979's The Castle of Cagliostro in 1979, but his most famous features have all been made at Studio Ghibli, including My Neighbor Totoro, Porco Rosso, Spirited Away, Howl's Moving Castle and especially Princess Mononoke, which was the first animated film to win the Japanese »
It has been announced that Oscar-winning Japanese animation legend Hayao Miyazaki will retire from filmmaking following his next film The Wind Rises, with Studio Ghibli president Koju Hoshino revealing the news at the Venice Film Festival where The Wind Rises is screening in competition.
The co-founder of Studio Ghibli, Miyazaki's illustrious career saw him winning the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature for Spirited Away, his first film after his previous short-lived retirement. His other directing credits include The Castle of Cagliostro, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, Castle in the Sky, My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki's Delivery Service, Porco Rosso, Princess Mononoke, Howl's Moving Castle and Ponyo.
The Wind Rises tells the story of Japanese fight aircraft designer Jiro Horikoshi and premiered in Japan this past July. It will receive its North American premiere this month at the Toronto International Film Festival, although official North American and UK release »
- Flickering Myth
Miyazaki will hold a press conference in Tokyo next week to announce his withdrawal from active working, Xinhua quoted Koji Hoshino, head of Studio Ghibli, which was co-founded by Miyazaki, as saying at the Venice Film Festival.
Miyazaki is also known for films like "Future Boy Conan", "Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind" and "The Castle of Cagliostro".
- Arun Pandit
Fans of animation will be saddened to know that anime legend Hayao Miyazaki is stepping off the stage and retiring from filmmaking. Sunday at the Venice Film Festival, the Oscar winning director told the world of his decision, although he gave no specifics regarding why he is choosing to retire at this particular time.
Koji Hoshino, the current head of Studio Ghibli said, "Next week Miyazaki will have a press conference held in Tokyo to announce his withdrawal from active working." He added that Hayao Miyazaki “wants to say goodbye to all of you from the bottom of his heart.”
Hayao Miyazaki has long been the top animator in the Japanese film industry and has gained an international following that few animation creators have ever gained. »
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Feature Ryan Lambie 2 Sep 2013 - 05:48
As Hayao Miyazaki announces that he's to retire from feature filmmaking, we look back at his legacy, and what it means for animation...
For many visitors to the Venice Film Festival, the weekend's screening of Studio Ghibli's The Wind Rises came with more than a hint of melancholy. Shortly after that film played to an enthralled audience, studio head Koji Hoshino made the announcement that Miyazaki would soon be retiring from filmmaking.
"Miyazaki has decided that [The Wind Rises] will be his last film," Hoshino said, "and he will now retire." Although Hoshino didn't elaborate further, it's probably fair to say that a series of factors have led to what must have been a difficult decision for the famously driven animator, artist and filmmaker - not least the controversy surrounding The Wind Rises in his native Japan, where the animator was criticised for his anti-war sentiments. »
72-year-old Hayao Miyazaki, one of the most influential filmmakers in animation, is retiring from writing/directing feature-length films.
Studio Ghibli President Koji Hoshino revealed the news today at a press conference at the Venice Film Festival where Miyazaki's latest effort "The Wind Rises," what will now be considered his final feature, premiered to stellar reviews this weekend.
The phrasing sounds very specific meaning Miyazaki, co-founder of Studio Ghibli, could do short works in the future.
Miyazaki has directed eleven animated features over the past 34 years, all of which have received wide acclaim. He's responsible for such treasured works as "Spirited Away," "Princess Mononoke," "My Neighbor Totoro," "Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind," "Castle in the Sky," "Howl's Moving Castle," "Ponyo," "Kiki's Delivery Service," "Porco Rosso," and "Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro "
Source: Variety) »
- Garth Franklin
Top 10 Ryan Lambie 19 Aug 2013 - 06:31
Flying scenes are a staple of Studio Ghibli's feature films. Ryan provides a run-down of some of the most spectacular...
There are certain themes that are so prevalent in the films of Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli, they've almost become trademarks: the tenacious heroine on the cusp of adulthood. A fascination with animals, countryside and nature. Flying is another staple of the studio's animation - and Miyazaki's interest in aviation is unsurprising when you consider his family history.
Both Miyazaki's father and uncle were involved in the aviation industry, and made parts for the Mitsubishi Zero fighter - one of the most capable flying machines in the Second World War. The young Hayao Miyazaki's love of aeroplanes never left him, and along with his other childhood interests and experiences, would go on to inform the films he'd make as an adult.
"One of the things that Teller and I are obsessed with, one of the reasons that we're in magic, is the difference between fantasy and reality." — Penn Jillette
Greetings from the apocalypse! We managed to hold off the Antichrist by electing a pope from South America who looks just like Jonathan Pryce. That's pretty good work. I say Rome, the Americas and all the rest of us deserve an honest weekend off, and what more auspicious time to do that than a Catholic drinking holiday?
Friday, March 15
We're gonna kick things off at the appropriate time to christen any weekend: 4:20 p.m., since that's when "Curly Sue" is on Encore. I know what you're thinking, "Man, that's, like, John Hughes' worst movie," and you're not wrong, but this ersatz comedy about a father-daughter con artist team who sleaze their way into some rich folks' hearts has a little »
- Max Evry
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