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The film starts strong, but by the end Miyazaki is still struggling to recapture the great feeling of fear and awe that pervaded “Spirited Away.” Screened at the 2013 New York Film Festival, Hayao’s first feature length directorial release since “Ponyo” in 2008 starts off as a striking peon to animated steam punk fantasy but ends up as an interminable repeating link of soap opera slush. The opening scenes of incredible flying machines, heroic actions of the most colorful and inspirational kind and dashing characterizations of pre-war inventiveness set the audience up for the film that is going to eclipse “Spirited Away.’ The viewer is reader for the utmost in visually mesmerizing creativity to flow across the screen like »
- Ron Wilkinson
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
This holiday season, Tiff Cinematheque presents a retrospective devoted to Japan’s Studio Ghibli — one of the most influential film studios in the world. Following its spectacularly popular run in the spring of 2012, Spirited Away: The Films of Studio Ghibli returns from December 13 to January 3 to delight Tiff Bell Lightbox audiences with a near-exhaustive 18-film collection that includes a blend of new 35-mm and digital prints. The showcase pays homage to the studio’s legendary Japanese animation team led by Isao Takahata and Hayao Miyazaki, its trademark animation style, powerful storytelling, and deeply felt humanism. Tiff is honoured to finally feature the rarely-screened masterpiece Grave of the Fireflies, one of Ghibli's supreme accomplishments and regarded by many as the greatest »
- Zoë Gulliksen
Well folks, the last chance to get major deals during Amazon's 2013 Black Friday deals week has led to this, today is Cyber Monday 2013 and I have the schedule of DVD and Blu-ray deals that will be going live throughout the day below along with the other deals that have been featured throughout the week. The deals today include some James Bond Blu-rays in Quantum of Solace and Skyfall, a Blu-ray of National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation and the deals close out with the Rambo: The Complete Collector's Set Blu-ray collection. Other than that there are some television items, such as "The Tudors" complete series set, "Sherlock Holmes" complete collection, "Twin Peaks", "The Good Wife" and "Rome". Outside of what's below I am constantly updating my main page with the week's Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals right here, and it will continue to update until the deals are done. Otherwise, start shopping. »
- Brad Brevet
Moving bits of paper around (the old way) or painting with billions of pixels (the new) has conjured up some of the greatest films of all time. From The Iron Giant to Persepolis, Guardian and Observer critics pick the 10 best
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10. The Tale of the Fox
A sneaky fox plays a series of underhand tricks on his neighbours in the animal kingdom, among them a timorous hare and a gullible wolf. The king of the beasts, a lion, summons him to face charges but the fox proceeds to outwit everyone, including the king himself. When Ladislas Starevich told this tale in the 1930s it was by no means new – versions of the Reynard story had been circulating around Europe for the best part of a millennium – but the »
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.
A contender for the animated feature Oscar, the subtitled "The Wind Rises" (Disney) is now playing a one-week Oscar qualifying run in Los Angeles and New York in its Japanese subtitled version. Possibly the last film from Hayao Miyazaki, the Walt Disney of Japan, who won the animated Oscar for "Spirited Away," "The Wind Rises" is not aimed at young kids. It's a gorgeously drawn historical true story of the brilliant designer behind the Zero fighter plane that wrecked havoc in World War II. After our UCLA Sneak Previews showing of "The Wind Rises," I interviewed Geoffrey Wexler, a high-ranking Studio Ghibli executive who was in town to start dubbing the English version that Disney will release in February (see Q & A and trailer below).Miyazaki and Disney/Pixar animation czar John Lasseter share something rare: they are filmmakers in charge of animation giants in their respective countries, Studio Ghibli and Disney Animation/Pixar, »
- Anne Thompson
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
It's traditionally one of the most competitive categories, but the longlist for 2014's animated film Oscar looks weak
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Over the past decade, the winner of the best animated film Oscar has often been a better-reviewed movie than the best picture winner. Is The Hurt Locker, victor in 2010, really a superior movie to Up? Will future generations hold 2009's Slumdog Millionaire in greater regard than the beguiling Wall-e? There's often been a sense that the very existence of the animation category serves to restrict the genre come awards season, limiting its potential to challenge for other prizes.
Disney-owned Pixar, which made both Up and Wall-e, carried off the animation Academy award six times between 2003 and 2010. But the pioneering studio has suffered a slow descent into relative mediocrity since the halcyon years of Ratatouille and The Incredibles. Now it looks like »
- Ben Child
Also out today is a full-length Japanese trailer for "Grave of the Fireflies" director Isao Takahata's "The Tale of Princess Kaguya," a film based on the Japanese folktale The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter.
While 'Wind' sports Miyazaki's trademark look, 'Kaguya' sports a very different style designed to evoke hand scroll artwork.
- Garth Franklin
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
The Academy Award for Best Animated Feature was penciled into the program starting with the 74th installment covering 2001′s releases, and the award went to Shrek. There were only two other nominees that year, Monsters, Inc. and Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, and yeah, one of those things is not like the others. Most folks would be forgiven for thinking only U.S. productions are eligible, but that’s not the case. Of course, in the twelve years since its inception only seven foreign language films have been nominated with only one going on to win the award (Japan’s Spirited Away). This isn’t exactly surprising, and while a lack of Academy awareness when it comes to foreign animation is the biggest culprit, the power of a homegrown juggernaut can’t be discounted. Pixar has won the award in seven of the last ten years culminating in last year’s win for Brave, and »
- Rob Hunter
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
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