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Studio Ghibli Announces Hayao Miyazaki's Retirement From Feature Films

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During a press conference at the Venice International Film Festival on Sunday, Studio Ghibli President Koji Hoshino announced that director Hayao Miyazaki will retire from directing feature films. The news comes in the wake of the release of Miyazaki’s latest film The Wind Rises (Kaze Tachinu) in Japan, a fictionalized biography of the Zero Fighter […]

Hayao Miyazaki Faces Nationalist Backlash for Anti-War Messages in "Kaze Tachinu"

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The South China Morning Post reports that renowned animation director Hayao Miyazaki has drawn criticism from right-wing and nationalist Japanese factions for perceived anti-war messages in Kaze Tachinu, his latest film about the life of Horikoshi Jiro, creator of the Japanese Zero fighter. Despite its subject and setting during World War II, the movie portrays […]

Review: "My Neighbor Totoro" Blu-ray - Best. Neighbor. Ever.

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Some movies are huge, gaudy spectacles of sound and fury that signify nothing more than our ability as humans to be entertained by empty flashes of lights.  Some movies completely eschew the idea of anything visual and become an exercise in watching boring people talk to each other till you’re sick of it.  The best […]

Review: Magic Found in "Howl's Moving Castle" Blu-ray

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For those familiar with Miyazaki-san’s work, it should come as no surprise that Howl’s Moving Castle is a visually sumptuous feast for the eyes, especially in the absolutely stunning high-definition presentation it receives on this new Blu-ray. “Beautiful” just seems like a grossly inadequate word to describe it. Its first scenes of the Castle steaming […]

PR: Studio Ghibli's "From Up on Poppy Hill" Opens to $57,585 Box Office on Two NYC Screens

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STUDIO GHIBLI’S FROM UP ON POPPY HILL OPENS TO $57,585 BOX OFFICE ON TWO NYC SCREENS **** #1 FEATURE FILM OPENING OF THE YEAR FOR BOTH IFC CENTER & ELINOR BUNIN MUNROE FILM CENTER POPPY HILL OPENS LOS ANGELES AND TORONTO 3/22 EXPANDS TO MULTIPLE N. AMERICAN MARKETS STARTING 3/29 WITH CONTINUED EXPANSION THROUGHOUT APRIL […]

NY Times Looks at Making "From Up on Poppy Hill"

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The New York Times has examined the making of From Up on Poppy Hill, the latest film from Studio Ghibli directed by Goro Miyazaki from an adapted screenplay by his father Hayao Miyazaki. In the article, the younger Miyazaki discusses some of the artistic influences in the film and inspirations for some of its key […]

Studio Ghibli Announces Hayao Miyazaki's "Kaze Tachinu" and Isao Takahata's "Kaguya-hime no Monogatari" Features for Summer 2013

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Crunchyroll relays Studio Ghibli’s traditional December 13 announcement of new films this year, with both studio founders Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata slated to release films in the same season (the first time since the double-bill of My Neighbor Totoro and Grave of the Fireflies). Miyazaki’s feature is Kaze Tachinu, based on Miyazaki’s manga and […]

PR: GKIDS' Studio Ghibli Animation Retrospective Returns to NYC IFC Center from November 16 - December 20, 2012

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BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND: GKIDS’ STUDIO GHIBLI ANIMATION RETROSPECTIVE RETURNS TO NYC’S IFC CENTER FOR FIVE WEEKS   CASTLES IN THE SKY MIYAZAKI, TAKAHATA AND THE MASTERS OF STUDIO GHIBLI 15 FILMS FROM 1984 TO 2009 INCLUDING HAYAO MIYAZAKI MASTERPIECES “SPIRITED AWAY” “PRINCESS MONONOKE” “MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO” “CASTLE IN THE SKY”   AND WEEK-LONG THEATRICAL […]

Review: "Mia and the Migoo" Is Miyazaki Minus the Magic

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With its child heroine, its fantastical plot, and its strong environmental message, Mia and the Migoo will immediately remind viewers of the work of Hayao Miyazaki (whose name even appears to be referenced in the title character). Alas, this animated French film resembles Fern Gully: The Last Rainforest and other ecologically-minded Hollywood animated fare more […]

"Nausicaa Of The Valley Of The Wind": Taicho Planet and the Planeteers

Extras are a mixed bag. Naturally, you have both the Japanese and English dubs, but the mixed bag comes with the odd union of the new and the old. The Blu-Ray disc features the “World Of Ghibli” interactive feature as other Studio Ghibli releases by Disney do. The entire storyboard can be played in place […]

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