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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 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
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
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. »
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:
- firstname.lastname@example.org (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
San from Princess Mononoke is on my top 10 list of most badass characters of all time. Raised by the wolf goddess Moro, she's deadly in every possible way.
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- Free Reyes
“We all have to make our own dreams come true anyway.”
In 2 days the world will go mad in unison for the latest Pokémon games, Pokémon X & Y.The English language dub of the latest film is also set to premiere one week after that. Over the next 2 weeks join Thn as we take a look back over the entire series of Pokémon films.
Director: Kunihiko Yuyama
Plot: Ash, Brock, Max and May are on the lookout for a comet that only appears once every 1000 years. After Max hears voices coming from a meteorite owned by a magician, they soon realise that inside is the Pokémon Jirachi, who has the abilities to grant wishes. However, Jirachi is also capable of resurrecting one of the biggest and most dangerous Pokémon that has ever existed. »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Bong Joon-ho unhappy about heavy editing of his South Korean sci-fi blockbuster by Bob and Harvey Weinstein's film studio
Korean director Bong Joon-ho has become the latest film-maker to cry foul over the uninhibited cutting room activities of the Weinstein brothers, Variety reports.
Speaking ahead of a screening of his new English-language science fiction thriller Snowpiercer at the Busan film festival, Bong told critics the version they were about to view was likely to be very different from the one that will eventually show in English-language territories. While filmgoers in France, Taiwan and Japan would get the version approved by its director, the Weinstein Company had maintained final cut in the UK, the Us and Australia, he revealed.
"We are still in discussions about the cut, but it is clear that this is the only director's cut you will be able to see," Bong said. Reports elsewhere suggest as »
- Ben Child
The second generation of Comic Execution has officially begun! I’m actually surprisingly excited to start a whole new block of reviews because the first generation taught me that not only could I be surprised by what develops in a series by issue three but also just how critical I actually can be of comics. That’s not to say I didn’t maybe gush a bit over ‘Ballistic’ but ‘Ghosted’ actually had to earn my respect, which it most certainly did. Of course, not all the first generation comics are done yet. Here’s the status of the first generation of Comic Execution so far:
Executed: ‘Sheltered’, ‘The Strain: The Fall’, ‘Dinosaurs Attack!’, ‘Tomorrowland’, ‘Lazarus’, ‘Tom Strong and the Planet of Peril’, ‘Sidekick’, ‘Extinction Parade’
Survivors: ‘Ghosted’, ‘Red Sonja’, ‘Fbp’, ‘Trillium’
On-going: ‘The Rocketeer & The Spirit’, ’3 Guns’, ‘It Came!’
If, as I suspect, the on-going series are not executed before their run is over, »
- Chris Melkus
An assortment of comics from a publisher I haven’t previously been aware of can be a promising sign occasionally. The rest of the time there’s usually a pretty good reason I didn’t know they existed.
Fame: Neil Gaiman is an illustrated biography of Gaiman, fantasy writer and easily-googleable man. It’s hard to picture exactly why this comic exists: full of factoids that seem to the result of a quick scour of his Wikipedia page (did you know Gaiman’s been on the Colbert Report?) and a thick, sketchy art style that I could only get on with when it was aping the characters from Gaiman’s work – though to Gerratana’s credit he does a fine Princess Mononoke – it seems like the kind of book handed out to young kids at a library and is something of a stodgy read. The cover’s lovely, though.
- Mark Allen
Maverick Us producer/distributor Harvey Weinstein is coming to Australia next month to accept the Canberra International Film Festival.s inaugural Body of Work award.
Weinstein, whose firm bought the Us rights to Tracks and The Railway Man and distributed The Sapphires and The King.s Speech, will take part in film screenings, panel discussions and Q&As in Canberra on November 22-24.
Harvey Weinstein and his brother Bob founded Miramax Films in 1979. and The Weinstein Company in 2005. A creative force whose credits as producer or executive producer include Shakespeare in Love, Gangs of New York, Silver Linings Playbook, Kill Bill, Pulp Fiction, The Aviatior and Chocolat, he earned the nickname Harvey Scissorhands for his predilection of cutting films such as Shaolin Soccer, Hero and Princess Mononoke for Us release.
In August If revealed that Weinstein was embroiled in a row with Korean director Bong Joon-ho over his post-Apocalyptic sci-fi thriller Snowpiercer. »
- Don Groves
Earlier this month, legendary animator Hayao Miyazaki, writer and director of such masterpieces as Spirited Away, Castle in the Sky and My Neighbor Totoro, announced his final retirement (this isn’t his first). How fitting that his final feature takes up his favorite thematic motif, that of magical phenomenon and fantastic human achievement – flight. Oddly, for the first time in his lengthy career, Miyazaki has embraced the more realistic storytelling of his partner Isao Takahata, yet he hasn’t abandoned the lyrically imaginative storytelling he’s known for. With Studio Ghibli’s signature hand drawn and heartfelt feel, The Wind Rises fictionalizes the life of Jiro Horikoshi, the chief engineer behind the famed Japanese Zero fighter jet, and blends his tail with that of Tatsuo Hori, author of the novel from which the film’s epithet originates.
Set on a grand »
- Jordan M. Smith
(Featuring that most mythical of creatures: a traveling salesman you should trust!) Back in 2007, Nakamura Kenji's horror anime series Mononoke -- not to be confused with Miyazaki Hayao's film Princess Mononoke -- was aired in Fuji TV's famous noitaminA slot. As such, it will come as no surprise that Australian distributor Siren Visual released it on DVD last month, as that company is adding noitaminA titles to its catalogue as if they are Pokemon. "Gotta catch 'm all!", they seem to think in Australia, and those of us who need English-friendly versions of these series are once again the lucky ones. As is often the case with noitaminA series, Mononoke is quite unusual for an anime, as was the series it is a spin-off...
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"All I wanted to do was to make something beautiful." –Jori Horikoshi
Wind as love, as inspiration, as history, as time, as death. In Hayao Miyazaki's The Wind Rises, wind isn't just what makes flight, one of the director’s lifelong obsessions, possible, but is also what introduces (and reintroduces years later) two lovers to each other, carrying hats and parasols from one to the other—wind, here, is also fate. A powerfully binding force, wind is something that cannot be controlled but can be wielded for beauty, for creation. The film follows Jiro Horikoshi from when he dreams of engineering airplanes as a young boy in the wake of Wwi, to when he becomes a key designer for Japan leading up to the dawn of WWII. Wind is also war. His fascination with flight completely separate from any notions of violence, Jiro is both a beneficiary and a victim of the war, »
- Adam Cook
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
Check out these ten amazing fan-made posters for Hayao Miyazaki's classic animated films, such as Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, Porko Rosso, Ponyo, Castle in the Sky, Howl's Moving Castle, NausicaA Of the Valley of the Wind, and My Neighbor Totoro.
Miyazaki recently announced his retirement, and it's kind of sad that he won't be making any more films. If you haven't seen any of these films, you really need to watch them!
Via: The Art of Animation »
- Joey Paur
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