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Until I actually watched The Wind Rises, I could not believe Hayao Miyazaki was truly retiring.
It isn’t that I refused to believe it. Miyazaki-san may be my favorite filmmaker, and one who I would love to see many more films from, but everything, including great artistic careers, is finite, and that is a fact I can accept. No, what prevented me from truly accepting the notion of Miyazaki’s filmmaking days coming to an end was that he has, simply put, said all this before. His post-Mononoke and post-Spirited Away retirements may not have been as ‘official’ as this one, but his intention to walk away from filmmaking was clear and understandable. In both cases, it was the desire to create that brought him back, the allure of a great idea that led him to make art once more. So while I fully believed Miyazaki was being »
- Jonathan R. Lack
The final day of Amazon.com's holiday sales, and arguably the biggest after Black Friday, is here. Cyber Monday offers the biggest discounts you'll see all year in Blu-ray films, Blu-ray TV boxsets and console game sales. Below are the best bargains on offer so far in those categories.
As usual the 'Hot Daily Deals' section points out the must-see biggest bargains to be had today - the kind that sell out quickly so keep an eye on it. This is your last chance to nab a bargain, it all goes back to normal prices tomorrow.
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- Garth Franklin
You may have noticed that we’ve gone a little review-happy over the past few days here at SciFi Mafia; there are two reasons for that, and they’re both good. One, we’ve been getting a lot of great things to review as the holidays approach, and two, we wanted to get these reviews posted for you before the Big Shopping Onslaught begins.
In fact, we’ve gathered the reviews for the year all together for you in an easy reference list below that we are calling the SciFiMafia.com Shop From Your Recliner Blu-ray/DVD, Soundtrack, and Book Gift Guide 2013. It’s a list of links to all of the movie and TV Blu-rays, DVDs, and soundtracks, and books we reviewed this year, followed by the star rating. Click on the link and you’ll see the review, and at the bottom of the review is an Amazon ordering link. »
- Erin Willard
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
Studio Ghibli's second feature of the year has arrived with the release of director Takahata Isao's The Tale of Princess Kaguya. Due to a slight delay it arrives roughly three months behind Miyazaki's The Wind Rises, the original plan being to put the two films out together for the first time since 1988 when the two directors had Grave of the Fireflies and My Neighbour Totoro on release simultaneously. Now that Miyazaki's final feature has been and gone from the standard Ghibli position at the top of the box-office and is getting ready to be shipped off to the rest of the world it's time to get a look at the studio's latest.The Tale of Princess Kaguya is a 10th century Japanese folk story which,...
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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
The Wind Rises was the best film I saw at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, and the audience at my screening gave it a rousing standing ovation. It was a lush, breathtaking, beautifully animated flight of fancy from director Hayao Miyazaki. The Wind Rises also marks the famed Japanese animation director’s final film, and he may have saved his best work for last. Time will only tell though if it meets the standards of Miyazaki classics like My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke.
Today, a new trailer for the film was released online and it looks at both the tranquil fantasy sequences and the harsher tragedy that ties this story to history. Based on a manga from Miyazaki himself, The Wind Rises tells the fictionalized biography of world-renowned plane designer Jiro Horikoshi. The film moves from his days as a childhood dreamer, wanting to build »
- Jordan Adler
A first official Us trailer has arrived for Hayao Miyazaki's "The Wind Rises," which recently had its awards qualifying week-run in L.A. and New York, and has its theatrical release with a yet to be announced English-language voice cast February 21. Watch below. The animation auteur, known for such classics as Oscar winner "Spirited Away," "My Neighbor Totoro" and "Princess Mononoke" (to name only a few), has said that this will be his last film -- a point this new trailer is clearly emphasizing. Check out our Toh! ranking of the top ten Studio Ghibli films here. »
- Beth Hanna
Hayao Miyazaki is something of an animation legend. Having helmed such classics as Spirited Away, Kiki's Delivery Service and My Neighbor Totoro, the 72-year-old recently announced his retirement. Before he calls it a career though, he has one more film arriving in theaters in The Wind Rises. Deadline released the latest trailer for the film which is slated to arrive in theaters nationwide on February 21. The Wind Rises take a different approach in terms of tone from much of Miyazaki's better known movies. Rather than being anchored in an action-adventure-fantasy element, The Wind Rises is more of a historical drama with a crushing love story embedded as its subplot. The film looks at the life of Jiro Horikoshi, a man who was so obsessed with airplanes as a...
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Celebrated Japanese animation filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki (My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away) has gone into semi-retirement a few times before, only to back out thereafter and add yet another celebrated title to his filmography. However, it would seem that his next film, The Wind Rises, may indeed be the last Studio Ghibli production that he directs; though, the Oscar-winner is expected to supervise and/or produce other projects, in the future (assuming he sticks to his no-directing plan this time around).
Regardless, the newly-unveiled U.S. trailer for Wind Rises refers to the film as Miyazaki’s ‘farewell masterpiece’, so we’ll treat it as such for the time being. Much of the footage shown here was also included in the extended international preview released earlier this year; albeit, minus the scenes of Japanese dialogue (with English subtitles), in lieu of a dubbed cut ...
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- Sandy Schaefer
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.
The title The Wind Rises comes from a novel of the same name by Tatsuo Hori, who took a line from Paul Valery’s poem, “Le vent se Leve, il faut tenter de vivre” – The wind is rising. We must try to live.
The new poster for The Wind Rises has debuted from Studio Ghibli.
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. »
- Michelle McCue
Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki’s “My Neighbor Totoro” is still the movie I first recommend to people who have never seen a Japanese animated movie in their life, and thinks it’s all about alien tentacles raping people and goofy superheroes forming giant robots. Over the years, I’ve really liked Miyazaki’s output, though not all of them by any stretch. I still can’t fully buy into “Princess Mononoke”, though “Ponyo” was ridiculously cute and charming. Miyazaki’s latest is the historical drama “The Wind Rises”, about a plane designer during World War II. From what I can tell, there are no cute animals or wild fantasies, so it’s probably not something you’ll want to sit the kids in front of, unless they’re mature enough to handle the subject matter. In “The Wind Rises,” Jiro dreams of flying and designing beautiful airplanes, inspired by the famous Italian aeronautical designer Caproni. »
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
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)
“Airplanes are beautiful dreams” is a phrase reprised throughout Hayao Miyazaki’s “The Wind Rises,” and the same could be said about Miyazaki’s films. Like our dreams, his animated features — which include such modern masterpieces as “Spirited Away,” “Princess Mononoke” and “My Neighbor Totoro,” among others — mix day-to-day concerns with imaginative fantasy that propels us to other times in other worlds. Miyazaki says “The Wind Rises” will be his last film, and while the animator’s retirement would be a blow to this generation of cinema, at least he’ll be going out on top. This biopic of aircraft designer Jiro Horikoshi probably. »
- Alonso Duralde
Michel Brault, one of the great Canadian filmmakers, passed away at the age of 85. Our community has started a couple of threads to commemorate the acclaimed artist in our forum. The Mill Valley Film Festival kicks off tomorrow and runs until the 13th. We've written on a few of the highlights: 12 Years a Slave; Gloria; Like Father, Like Son; The Missing Picture; and The Wind Rises. Also make sure to check out the digital restoration of My Neighbor Totoro (one of this author's all-time favorites). Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street currently clocks in at three hours, much to the chagrin of Warner Bros. Its slated November release date is reportedly unlikely to hold as the distributors are asking the filmmaker to make some cuts. Rumors say Scorsese may not bend so easily, making a 2013 release uncertain at this point. Iranian filmmaker Mohammad Rasoulof was detained upon »
- Adam Cook
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
[Press Release] San Francisco, CA, September 25, 2013 – Viz Media, LLC (Viz Media), the largest distributor and licensor of anime and manga in North America, marks the 25th Anniversary of famed director Hayao Miyazaki’s whimsical animated family fantasy, My Neighbor Totoro, with the release on October 1st of My Neighbor Totoro: The Novel and a brand new edition of the My Neighbor Totoro Picture Book. In Hayao Miyazaki’s charming animated classic, eleven-year-old Satsuki and her sassy little sister Mei have moved to the country to be closer to their ailing mother. While their father is working, the girls explore their sprawling old house and the forest and fields that surround it. Soon, Satsuki and Mei discover Totoro, a magical forest spirit who takes them on fantastic adventures »
- Pietro Filipponi
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