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The first image from The Grudge director, Takashi Shimizu’s live-action interpretation of Kiki’S Delivery Service, is now here. Based on a series of books by Japanese author Eiko Kadono, the tale of Kiki’S Delivery Service was previously adapted into an animated film by Studio Ghibli and master filmmaker, Hayao Miyazaki. However, that was well over 20 years ago now (1989 to be precise), and that only adapted the first novel in the series, along with some of Ghibli’s own additions. This latest adaptation will take elements from the first two books in the series. This will be the first feature length film appearance for former figure skater Fuka Koshiba.
I’m always interested to see animated films I’ve been brought up with given a live-action twist. Another Ghibli classic, Grave Of The Fireflies, was also adapted into live-action and that worked pretty well. I think after the Harry Potter series, »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Hayao Miyazaki is one of the greatest animators in the world. The Japanese born artist has forged a successful 50 year career, starting from jobbing artist, to co-founding Studio Ghibli. Often referred to as the Walt Disney of Japan (which he hates) his films enrapture audiences.
Studio Ghibli since its formation has produced an array of truly dazzling films, and their big boss himself has directed a lot of the most memorable entries. Just re-released in cinemas coincidentally, to celebrate its 25 year anniversary is Grave of the Fireflies (not one of Miyazaki’s), which is an absolute must see.
Miyazaki’s films often feature fantastical plots, compelling characters and always feature achingly beautiful animation. Common themes include the conflict between man and nature, the environment, spirituality and childhood. The most common aspect of all of his work is to sweep the »
- Flickering Myth
Here we go again, ostensibly for the last time, and if this doesn't capture the magic of the first Hangover it's at least less offensive than the second, which isn't much of a recommendation. An intervention over Alan's mental health and the hunt for Mr Chow is what sets in motion the Wtf escapades and male bonding this time, but it all feels a little forced and familiar. If anything, the "wolf pack" is now too tame.
Something In The Air (15)
Assayas gets beyond the cliches of France's young, post-1968 revolutionaries, »
- Steve Rose
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Studio Ghibli’s acclaimed masterpieces, Grave of the Fireflies and My Neighbour Totoro, Studio Canal are delighted to re-release the films together, in cinemas nationwide on Friday, May 24th. To mark this once in lifetime opportunity we are giving you the chance to win the complete Studio Ghibli DVD collection which includes Princess Mononoke, Ponyo, Arrietty and many more!
An arresting combination from Studio Ghibli’s founding fathers: Hayao Miyazaki’s My Neighbour Totoro, a lyrical fantasy about benevolent forest spirits, and Isao Takahata’s Grave of the Fireflies, the heartbreaking tale of two children’s struggle to survive their firebombed city in World War 2. The films were launched together in 1988, showcasing the breadth of the anime powerhouse’s range of vision. Grave of the Fireflies and My Neighbour Totoro will be released nationwide May 24th.
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Grave of the Fireflies, (Japanese: Hotaru no haka) 1988.
Directed by Isao Takahata.
A tragic film covering a young boy and his little sister's struggle to survive in Japan during World War II.
Celebrating its 25th anniversary and UK theatrical debut, Studio Ghibli and director Isao Takahata’s Grave of the Fireflies is released May 24th. I came to the film having been recommended it for years; it’s a classic war film, a beautiful piece of animation, a great tearjerker. And I can see that it is all of these, though it wasn’t consistently powerful throughout (put that down to the power of hype). Despite this though it’s a terrific, elegiac film, directed and animated with sensitivity and elegant taste.
Based on Akiyuki Nosaka’s semi-autobiographical 1967 novel, we follow teenage boy Seita »
- Flickering Myth
UK box office top ten and analysis for the weekend of Friday 17th - Sunday 19th May 2013...
It seems that UK audiences can't get enough of the Fast & Furious series. The sixth instalment amassed a hefty £8,717,534 to claim first place in the box office chart this past weekend, delivering a franchise high opening, as well as giving Universal its biggest ever three-day debut on these shores.
Despite being destroyed by Vin Diesel and company, Baz Luhrmann's lavish adaptation of The Great Gatsby pulled in a respectable £4,095,325 in second, with £676k of Thursday previews giving it enough to knock last week's number one film Star Trek Into Darkness down into third.
Thanks to the arrival of Fast & Furious 6 and The Great Gatsby, much of the rest of the top ten were left fighting for scraps, with Iron Man 3 the only other film to break seven figures in fourth; in fact, »
- Flickering Myth
Feature Ryan Lambie 23 May 2013 - 06:51
When My Neighbor Totoro and Grave Of The Fireflies were released in 1988, their shared billing was born out of convenience. Studio Ghibli, the animation house set up by Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata in 1985, had already secured its first success with Laputa: Castle In The Sky (1986), while Miyazaki was well-known for his first animated feature, Nausicaa Of The Valley Of The Wind (1984).
In spite of these successes, the films Miyazaki and Takahata wanted to make next were considered to be financially risky. Miyazaki wanted to create a personal story about two children meeting a woodland monster in the Japanese countryside, while Takahata wanted to adapt Akiyuki Nosaka's Grave Of The Fireflies, a semi-autobiographical novel about two young children struggling for survival following the firebombing of Kobe in World War II. »
★★★★★ If there's one studio reboot that seems immune to criticism (and today, we're lumped with about ten per week) it's Japanese animation guru Hayao Miyazaki's heartwarming My Neighbour Totoro (Tonari no Totoro, 1988). Partially, its success is all in the timing: in the 1970s, animé was moulded for television, therefore slight, local and far from spectacular. Miyazaki took off in a different direction, angling for a new feature film audience and an international one at that - both of which he earned after exploding the commercial market with Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (Kaze no Tani no Naushika, 1984).
Set in rural Japan, 1958, Totoro follows two young girls, Mei and Satsuki, as they relocate to the country to be closer to their hospitalised mother (a throwback to Miyazaki's own childhood). Curiously, the girls encounter Totoro, a lovably owlish creature who leads them on fantastical adventures through the forest, providing »
- CineVue UK
In celebration of the 25th anniversary of Studio Ghibli's 1988 classics My Neighbor Totoro and Grave of the Fireflies, Studio Canal has announced that UK fans will be able to experience a recreation of the original Japanese double-bill feature with the two anime masterpieces set to receive a nationwide theatrical release this month.
"While their mother recovers from an illness, Satsuki and her little sister Mei get away from it all in an idyllic rural retreat. Far from the bustle of the city, they discover a mysterious place of spirits and magic, and the friendship of the Totoro woodland creatures. Conceived as a family film devoid of conflict and suffused with the joy of country living, My Neighbour Totoro is a masterpiece for the whole family, uniting the unique vision of Hayao Miyazaki with a feel-good tale of childlike wonder and true originality."
"Set in Japan during World War II, »
- Flickering Myth
The Great Gatsby (12A)
No one's disputing that Luhrmann can put on a show, but can he tell a story? In a way, F Scott Fitzgerald's 1920s parable is a perfect fit: a study of surfaces and seduction and the hollowness of the wealthy. The hedonism and vulgarity are ravishing to behold and the hand-tinted-photo aesthetic is gorgeous. When the fireworks die down, however, that artificiality works against the romantic tragedy, and the characters are too flat to really stir any great emotions. Maybe that's the point.
Beware Of Mr Baker (15)
(Jay Bulger, 2012, Us) 92 mins
- Steve Rose
We're getting to know the Film Experience community one-by-one. It's taking a long time, bless you! Today we're talking with Peter, a script supervisor.
Peter working on the set of a movie!
Nathaniel: When and why did you start reading Tfe?
Peter: I was referred to it from Kenneth in (212) and thought Tfe catered to the fun side of film I adored and come awards season... glued. I haven't looked back.
Nathaniel: You work in the industry, right? What's your favorite part of the biz?
Peter: Yeah. I've been a script supervisor primarily for independent features for close to 8 years. It's still strange to me that I get paid to do what I do. Though there are definitely bad days, I generally love what I do. It's great to be on the scene and be so close to the process. My favorite part of this nutty business on the independent »
- NATHANIEL R
Feature Ryan Lambie 16 May 2013 - 07:01
For sheer emotional impact, the pairing of My Neighbor Totoro and Grave Of The Fireflies stands as one of cinema's ultimate double features. Studio Ghibli's founders, Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata, worked on them simultaneously between 1986 and 1988, and this year marks the 25th anniversary of these extraordinary powerful animated films' first release.
The playful My Neighbor Totoro, a hymn to the disappearing beauty of the Japanese countryside, and Grave Of The Fireflies, a harrowing account of the WWII firebombing of Kobe, are both told from the perspective of children, and they're key moments in Ghibli's creative history.
It's difficult to imagine what kind of impact the films must have had on Japanese children at the time, as the idyllic Totoro »
Feature Ryan Lambie 29 Apr 2013 - 07:01
Appearing briefly online last week, a short monster film may be the proving ground for Studio Ghibli's first live-action feature...
Since its inception in 1985, Studio Ghibli has established itself as Japan's foremost animation studio. This year sees the 25th anniversary of two key films, My Neighbor Totoro and Grave Of The Fireflies, which were released as a double-bill in Japanese cinemas in 1988. To mark the occasion, founder members Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata both have films due for release this year - The Wind Is Rising and The Tale Of Princess Kaguya.
Although Ghibli's name will always be associated with its own brand of lyrical animation, we've also seen the studio branch out into new territory of late. A collaboration with videogame developer Level-5 resulted in the spectacular RPG, Ni No Kuni. Ghibli may have dipped its toe in interactive waters in 2002 with »
Studio Ghibli is mostly known for making classic anime films such as Castle in Sky, Grave of the Fireflies, My Neighbor Totoro, Ponyo, Howl's Moving Castle, Spirited Away, and Princess Mononoke. As you can see, they are a talented animation studio that makes amazing movies. Well, they've taken their talent and put together an epic live-action short film called Giant God Warrior Appears In Tokyo, which features a giant monster attacking Tokyo.
The short was directed by Higuchi Shinji who is known for the Neon Genesis Evangelion series. The project was commissioned by Anno Hideaki, director of the Evangelion series and key animator on Miyazaki Hayao's Nausicaa Of The Valley Of The Wind, for the Tokusatsu Special Effects Museum in Tokyo. What makes this short even more awesome is the fact that Miyazaki himself created the design for the giant creature. This is the first live action movie that »
- Joey Paur
One of Studio Ghibli’s most treasured works, Kiki’S Delivery Service, is to be given a live-action counterpart based on the same series of novels. Shimizu Takashi, the director behind 6 interpretations of The Grudge (TV movie, Japanese cinematic release, American remake, and their respective sequels) will helm the latest adaptation of Eiko Kadono’s fantasy novels that see a witch set up her own delivery service in order to make some money. The role of Kiki wil be taken by former Japanese figure-skater Fuka Koshiba.
The legendary director, Hayao Miyazaki, directed the animated version from 1989, and I think it’s fair to say that Takashi will take a completely different approach to the material. It has been stated that Takashi’s version will also contain elements from the second book in the series, so at least he’s trying a few different things. I love myself a bit of Ghibli, »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
A teaser trailer for the upcoming live-action Gatchaman has been released.
According to Anime News Network, Gatchaman was first broadcast in Japan in 1972. In 1978 it reached the Us under the title: Battle of the Planets. It would reach the Us again in the 1986 under the title: G-Force: Guardians of Space.
The plot for the original anime is as follows (from Anime News Network):
A new threat appears all over the world in the form of the terrorist group known as the Galactor. To combat the forces of Galactor, well-renowned scientist Kouzaburou Nanbu unleashes the Science Ninja Team Gatchaman, a team of five young heroes skilled in the art of ninjutsu and dressed in unique bird-like costumes.
Orends: Range has the details on the cast:
The movie stars Tori Matsuzaka (Samurai Sentai Shinkenger) as Ken the Eagle, Go Ayano (Kamen Rider 555, Rurouni Kenshin) as Joe the Condor, Ayame Goriki (Mirai Nikki, »
- Alex Corey
The wait is finally over! After months of great anticipation, our first look at the live-action film adaptation of Tatsunoko's classic anime Gatchaman (aka Battle Of The Planets or G-Force depending on which version) has arrived in the form of a teaser at the official site. While the 30-second teaser hardly reveals any significant footage and consist mostly of Japanese voice over from the cast, it does provide a few glimpse of the cool superhero suits. It may be short but its enough to get fanboys craving for more.The potential summer blockbuster is directed by Toya Sato (live-action Grave of the Fireflies, Gokusen) and scripted by Yūsuke Watanabe (20th Century Boys, live-action Gantz). Also on the production team is Takashi Yamazaki (Returner, Always: Sunset on...
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I've mentioned before how several years ago I created a list using Roger Ebert's Great Movies, Oscar Best Picture winners, IMDb's Top 250, etc. and began going through them doing my best to see as many of the films on these lists that I had not seen as I possibly could to up my film I.Q. Well, someone has gone through the exhaustive effort to take all of the films Roger Ebert wrote about in his three "Great Movies" books, all of which are compiled on his website and added them to a Letterbxd list and I've added that list below. I'm not positive every movie on his list is here, but by my count there are 363 different titles listed (more if you count the trilogies, the Up docs and Decalogue) and of those 363, I have personally seen 229 and have added an * next to those I've seen. Clearly I have some work to do, »
- Brad Brevet
I've mentioned before how several years ago I created a list using Roger Ebert's Great Movies, Oscar Best Picture winners, IMDb's Top 250, etc. and began going through them doing my best to see as many of the films on these lists that I had not seen as I possibly could to up my film I.Q. Well, someone has gone through the exhaustive effort to take all of the films Roger Ebert wrote about in his three "Great Movies" books, all of which are compiled on his website and added them to a Letterbxd list and I've added that list below. I'm not positive every movie on his list is here, but by my count there are 362 different titles listed (more if you count the trilogies and Decalogue) and of those 362, I have personally seen 229 and have added an * next to those I've seen. Clearly I have some work to do, »
- Brad Brevet
Studio Ghibli may easily be called the Disney of Japan. An animation film studio founded in 1985 by Isao Takahta and Hayao Miyazaki, Studio Ghibli has consistently produced brilliant hand-drawn animated films, and its characters have become ubiquitous in Japanese culture. Over the last 25 years, the production studio has released 17 feature films, eight of which are among the 15 highest-grossing anime films of all time. The most recent Studio Ghibli film From Up on Poppy Hill opens on March 15th to limited release and tells the story of two boarding school teenagers protesting the demolishing of their school’s clubhouse, all against the backdrop of the 1964 Summer Olympics.
To mark the film’s release, here is my list of the top five Studio Ghibli films so far:
5. Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989)
One of Studio Ghibli’s earliest films, Kiki’s Delivery Service is the story of a young witch who uses her »
- Katherine Springer
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