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Japanese animation powerhouse Studio Ghibli has had a long history of nabbing big-name actors for its films in U.S. distribution—from Christian Bale in Howl’s Moving Castle to Tina Fey and Matt Damon in Ponyo—and its latest release is no different.
U.S. distributor Gkids announced in a release today that Chloë Grace Moretz (Kick-Ass, Carrie) will voice the title role in The Tale of Princess Kaguya. James Caan, Mary Steenburgen, Darren Criss, Lucy Liu, James Marsden, and John Cho also lend their voices.
The Tale of Princess Kaguya is based on Japan’s oldest recorded narrative, »
- Jackson McHenry
As a trailer for Studio Ghibli's latest and possibly final feature When Marnie Was There emerges, Ryan ponders company's uncertain future...
When Hayao Miyazaki retired last year at the age of 73, animation lost one of its most accomplished and dedicated practitioners. His work, comprising 11 features and numerous shorts, needs little introduction: films such as My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away and Howl's Moving Castle have long since etched themselves on the minds of audiences all over the world.
Miyazaki's final film, The Wind Rises, was a bravely individual parting shot. A drama about the designer of the legendary Japanese fighter plane, the Mitsubishi Zero, it felt like a final, heartfelt statement from a truly great artist - and a fitting capstone to a remarkable career. But with Miyazaki having set aside the painstaking work he put into animating his films over the course of some 48 years, the inevitable question »
Having watched very few Studio Ghibli films, and adding Ponyo the list simply because it’s Studio Ghibli season, I have to say I never realised what a crazy world Hayao Miyazaki lives in. But yeah, he’s probably also a genius.
Ponyo is delightfully heartwarming and cute. Ponyo herself is an adroable goldfish princess who wants to be a human after falling in love with Sosuke, a human boy. Her overprotective and prejudiced father locks her up but she manages to escape and, typical of a Ghibli film, cause havoc left, right and centre.
Out of the Ghibli heroines I know of, Ponyo is by far the cutest. She’s entertaining and wise in her childlike nature. Her interactions with Sosuke and Lisa are sweet, and her size evidently does not equal her strength and soulfulness. »
- Kirsty Capes
With The Wind Rises out in the UK now, James salutes the work of its legendary animator, Hayao Miyazaki...
The Wind Rises gets its UK release this week, and that's very good news for those of us who've been waiting patiently for Hayao Miyazaki's new movie. Studio Ghibli's latest - a fictionalised biopic of the aircraft engineer and designer Jiro Horikoshi - came out last July in its native Japan. Now, finally, we arrive at the point where we can see the acclaimed anime feature though, indubitably, the experience will be a bittersweet one.
After this one there will be no new Miyazaki films. The man responsible for such cinematic masterpieces as My Neighbour Totoro, Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away announced his retirement from moviemaking last autumn. Though the animation auteur has made similar statements in the past and subsequently returned to direct again, it appears that »
Tokyo – Frozen remains untouchable at the Japanese box office, surpassing $156 million (￥15.9 billion) over the Golden Week holidays, and overtaking Avatar and Hayao Miyazaki's Ponyo on a Cliff to enter the all-time top ten highest grossing films in the territory. Golden Week -- a bunch of public holidays grouped together that ended Tuesday -- is usually a bumper box office period, and Walt Disney Studios Japan timed the release of the 3D Japanese-language version of Frozen to coincide with it. The soundtrack album has also been at number one in the local charts for the last two
- Gavin J. Blair
To celebrate the cinema release of Hayao Miyazaki’s farewell film, The Wind Rises on 9th May, we are giving 3 of you the chance to win a copy of Pom Poko, Princess Mononoke and the Cat Returns on Blu-ray and Studio Ghibli Steel Books of Ponyo, My Neighbour Totoro and Howl’s Moving Castle.
The farewell masterpiece from the legendary Hayao Miyazki, co-founder of Studio Ghibli, and Academy Award-winning creator of Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle and Ponyo, The Wind Rises is a fictionalised biography of Jiro Horikoshi, visionary designer of Mitsubish A6M aircraft. A stunningly beautiful animated epic, the film charts one man’s struggle to achieve his childhood dreams of flight, and paying heartfelt tribute to the power of imagination.
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The Wind Rises is out in UK cinemas on 9th May and for »
Director: Hayao Miyazaki; Screenwriter: Hayao Miyazaki; Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, William H Macy, Stanley Tucci, Werner Herzog; Running time: 127 mins; Certificate: PG
Hayao Miyazaki's big screen swan song The Wind Rises is a film as elegant and masterfully-constructed as the aircraft that lie at the heart of its story. More mature in outlook and thematic weight than Miyazaki's recent offerings Ponyo and Howl's Moving Castle, his 11th feature centres on Jiro Horikoshi, the Japanese engineer who pushed the boundaries of aircraft design in between the World Wars.
Jiro is an idealist and a dreamer, as a young boy he yearns to be a pilot but weak eye sight means he must settle on building planes. Legendary Italian engineer Giovanni Battista Caproni serves as his inspiration, mentoring Miyazaki's bespectacled hero in a series of stunningly-realised fantasy sequences.
"Airplanes are beautiful dreams," Caproni tells the young Jiro at one point. »
Though best known in the West for epic fantasies like Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke, Studio Ghibli’s Hayao Miyazaki takes his final bow – he swears he’s retiring, for real this time – with the poignant historical drama The Wind Also Rises (trailer above). Although this news put fans’ hopes for some promised projects (Ponyo 2?!) on ice (permanently?), it is the perfect […]
Read The 5 Best Miyazaki Movies You May Not Have Seen on Filmonic.
- Elysia Brenner
Laremy is out this week, but before taking some time off he did send in his box office predictions. So the number you see here are his, I'm just the messenger. Let's have a look. It appears Laremy is relying a little on tracking, picking Non-Stop to finish #1 over Son of God. It's really an impossible predicament considering you can never tell just what the religious turnout is going to be. In Sacramento one church bought out all 16 screens at one theater and all up the West Coast, but primarily here in the Seattle area, the Mars Hill Church bought more than 3,500 seats for Thursday night pre-screenings. So, while Laremy's $25.3 million prediction for Non-Stop may be spot-on, there's no telling if Son of God will be higher or lower than his predicted $20.8 million. My gut tells me higher, but by how much I have no idea. Sorry, I'm worthless. Sandwiched »
- Brad Brevet
Limp thriller is not Kev's finest hour, while Pompeii blows up – in the wrong way, leaving The Lego Movie to carry on building
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Kevin Costner's waning appeal
He had a small but significant role in last summer's hit Man of Steel, but Kevin Costner has shown that these days he cannot be relied upon to carry a movie. The last time he headlined a movie was in 2008, with the lighthearted drama Swing Vote, which earned $16.3m (£9.72m) at the box office. That same year Costner starred in The New Daughter. What? Exactly. So it came as little surprise to see Costner's latest, 3 Days to Kill, debuted at No 2 on $12.3m (£7.38m). Suddenly the $55m (£33m) final gross of seafaring action-adventure The Guardian, which was hardly a massive achievement back in 2006, begins to look relatively impressive. Historically Costner headline movies have never opened strongly, »
- Jeremy Kay
The range of new art films this weeks shows the diversity of the specialized world, with an acclaimed animated feature, another show business documentary, two subtitled films and a higher-budget period drama all debuting to quite variable results. "The Wind Rises" and "Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me" are the standouts. Opening "The Wind Rises" (Buena Vista) - Cinemascore: A-; Criticwire: A-; Metacritic: 83; Festivals include: Venice 2013, Toronto 2013, New York 2013 $306,000 in 21 theaters; PSA (per screen average): $14,571 Animation master Hayao Miyazaki's Oscar nominated final film opened in New York and Los Angeles last November to qualify for awards (it has already earned many kudos), and now has been officially released right before the awards to maximize attention ahead of its 450 theater expansion next week. The PSA is within range of previous Miyazaki initial releases (other than "Ponyo," Disney has always opened them in limited multi-city runs). This is the English-language »
- Tom Brueggemann
We're about a week away from Hollywood's biggest night, which means it's time for me to share my first picks to win Oscar gold. First up, my selections for animated feature, documentary feature, cinematography, adapted screenplay and original screenplay: • Best Documentary Oscar prognosticators are split between the fiendishly talented backup singers in 20 Feet from Stardom and the stomach-churning "gangsters" in The Act of Killing, and so am I. Still, I have to tip the scale toward The Act of Killing, Joshua Oppenheimer's gut-punch of a film about the men who carried out the 1965 Indonesian genocide. Oppenheimer and his crew »
- Alynda Wheat, PEOPLE Movie Critic
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
It’s visually ravishing, of course; we’ve come to expect as much from Studio Ghibli. Legendary filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki (Ponyo) concocts gorgeous sequences that sit somewhere between steampunk engineering fantasias and grounded historical between-the-wars nostalgias. But there’s no drama and no conflict in this semifictionalized tale of Jiro Horikoshi. He dreamed of designing “beautiful airplanes” from his early-20th-century boyhood… and no obstacles stand in his way along the path to joining Mitsubishi as an aeronautical engineer. He doesn’t want to make aircraft for warfare, but that’s the direction things are moving in throughout the 1930s, and so he helps to create and »
- MaryAnn Johanson
As a CIA agent, Kevin Costner aims for a box-office bull's-eye in 3 Days to Kill. But is the espionage thriller right on target? Plus: Animation visionary Hayao Miyazaki unveils his supposed swan song, The Wind Rises, and Elizabeth Olsen goes for literate, period prestige in In Secret. Here's what to see and what to skip in theaters this weekend. Skip This 3 Days to Kill var brightcovevideoid = '3231991949001'; It wouldn't be so egregious that 3 Days to Kill is six different movies in one, if any of them were actually decent. As it is, the spy/action/terminal-illness/coming-of-age/cultural-exchange/family »
- Alynda Wheat, PEOPLE Movie Critic
The 73-year-old Japanese animation titan Hayao Miyazaki says The Wind Rises is his final film, and if that’s true — we can pray it ain’t so, but he doesn’t seem the type to make rash declarations — he’s going out on a high. The movie won’t, I’m afraid, appeal to kids the way Ponyo or Spirited Away or My Neighbor Totoro does. It’s monster-, ghost-, and mermaid-free. It centers on grown-ups and is gently paced — maybe 15 minutes too long, I’d say, but you can forgive those longeurs when the work is this exquisite. It’s romantic, tragic, and inexorably strange, a portrait of a young Japanese man who dreams of creating flying machines and the Imperial Empire that funds his research. His country will take those machines and send them off to rain death and destruction on its enemies — but that’s not something »
- David Edelstein
Anticipation levels are always high with the release of a new Studio Ghibili movie, and even higher when the director and writer is the father of the company and man behind its best works, Miyazaki Hayao. While Miyazaki's previous two works, Howl's Moving Castle and Ponyo contained fantastical elements and were based on stories for children, The Wind Rises (aka Kaze Tachinu) is a fictionalized biography of engineer Horikoshi Jiro, who designed the Zero fighter aircraft, which was devastatingly effective in the early days of World War Two. As a result of its 1920's/30's real world setting and overtones of the coming war it is stylistically reminiscent of Takahata Isao's Grave of the Fireflies, though it's not quite as harrowing as that masterpiece. The film...
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On February 21st, The Wind Rises, director Hayao Miyazaki's 11th, and supposedly final, feature film hits American theaters. The movie is a departure for the legendary animation auteur, whose films are often fantasy tales set in imaginary worlds. This time around, he's produced a fictionalized biography of Jiro Horikoshi, the aeronautical designer behind the Mitsubishi A5M and its descendant, the A6M — the plane used by the Japanese air force in the attack on Pearl Harbor. As Miyazaki tells it, Horikoshi was largely peaceful in nature, and merely »
Most Academy Awards hand out five nominations apiece. Some awards only hand out three; a few years ago, the Academy opened up the Best Picture race to like a million nominees. But the specific number doesn’t really matter. Most races inevitably come down to some kind of face-off between two nominees: Frontrunner vs. Dark Horse, Beloved Veteran vs. Dynamic Newcomer, Megahit vs. Beloved Smaller Film, Dark Tale Of The Modern World vs. Sentimental Nostalgia Bait.
Each year, though there are races that defy any easy binary rendering. These are the categories that stacked almost too high with talent. Sometimes that’s clear right away, »
- Darren Franich
This Sunday, January 12th's episode of "The Simpsons" will feature a new couch gag from Bill Plympton and a tribute to another distinctive animator -- Hayao Miyazaki. The clip from the upcoming episode below, which Fox describes as a "tribute to anime," is clearly a specific salute to the Japanese master, whose recently released "The Wind Rises" is also his final film before retirement. Check out the "Spirited Away"-style street, the "My Neighbor Totoro" Otto Catbus carrying Ponyo and more -- how many references to Miyazaki films-by-way-of-"The Simpsons" can you spot? We've included an annotated version from Slate below the original if you'd like a guide.
This Sunday, January 12th's episode of "The Simpsons" will feature a new couch gag from Bill Plympton and a tribute to another distinctive animator -- Hayao Miyazaki. The clip from the upcoming episode below, which Fox describes as a "tribute to anime," is clearly a specific salute to the Japanese master, whose recently released "The Wind Rises" is also his final film before retirement. Check out the "Spirited Away"-style street, the "My Neighbor Totoro" Otto Catbus carrying Ponyo and more -- how many references to Miyazaki films-by-way-of-"The Simpsons" can you spot? We've included an annotated version from Slate below the original if you'd like a guide. »
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