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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 […]

PR: "From Up on Poppy Hill" Coming to Blu-ray, DVD, and Cable VOD on September 3, 2013

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“Visual Magic!” — A.O. Scott, New York Times “Stunning! As Beautiful a Hand-Drawn Animated Feature As You Are Likely to See” — Kenneth Turan, LA Times “One of the shimmering highlights of the year!” – Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune “Gorgeous!” — Scott Tobias, NPR   FROM LEGENDARY STORYTELLER HAYAO MIYAZAKI AND STUDIO GHIBLI COMES AN INTERNATIONALLY […]

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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I haven’t revisited Hayao Miyazaki’s adaptation of Howl’s Moving Castle since it was released on DVD in 2006. I had vague memories of dissatisfaction with the movie and distinctly recall thinking that a lot of stuff in the back third only made sense if you had read the novel by Diana Wynne Jones (even though […]

New Clips Released from "My Neighbor Totoro" and "Howl's Moving Castle" Blu-rays

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Specs Released for "My Neighbor Totoro," "Howl's Moving Castle" Blu-rays, Coming May 21, 2013

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Spectacular 25th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray Combo Pack Available May 21, 2013 Disney proudly celebrates the 25th anniversary of “My Neighbor Totoro,” the acclaimed Studio Ghibli film about the magic of friendship and sisterhood from Academy Award®-winning director Hayao Miyazaki (Best Animated Feature, 2002, ”Spirited Away”) – with the film’s Blu-ray debut on May 21, 2013. […]

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 […]

Disney Announces "My Neighbor Totoro," "Howl's Moving Castle" Blu-rays Coming May 21, 2013

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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 […]

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