All posts tagged: Hayao Miyazaki

Studio Ghibli’s Hayao Miyazaki To Return To Feature Film-Making

For much of our lives, humans blissfully anticipate their opportunity to retire. Work hard when you’re young, save as much money as possible, do enough so that when it comes time to retire you can do it comfortably, but there’s a part of retirement that no-one seems to foresee, and it’s boredom. Hayao Miyazaki, the Godfather of modern Anime cinema, announced his retirement some time ago alongside the internal shuffle of Studio Ghibli, but we all knew it was simply never going to last. When you’ve dedicated yourself to one art, it’s near impossible to give it up, even as the twilight years of your life start to roll around. Hayoa Miyazaki has a fire burning in his heart that will never be extinguished and that’s why he has returned to feature film making for an indefinite period of time. Since his retirement, Miyazaki has been working on a small project called “Boro The Caterpillar” which, upon completion, was to be shown as a part of the Studio Ghibli museum tour circuit. This short film …

Madman Entertainment Presents: The Collected Works Of Hayao Miyazaki

It’s amazing how much Hayao Miyazaki comes up in my everyday life, even when I’m not talking to other Anime fans. Maybe I’m wearing a shirt that says “Miyazaki” on the back and an elderly family member questions who or what the heck that is or means. My usual explanation starts by asking the questioner if they’re aware of Walt Disney. When they naturally say “yes” I then follow up with; “he’s like the Walt Disney of Japan” and I don’t think I’m entirely wrong. Much like ol’ Walt, Hayao Miyazaki is a man who’s captured the hearts and minds of people the world over for quite some time. Now that he’s in retirement, there’s no better time for Madman Entertainment to announce their upcoming Studio Ghibli-centric release titled “The Collected Works Of Hayao Miyazaki” which, as you can probably already tell, is a boxset of films that span the mighty mans entire career. Madman Entertainment, who’ve release all of Studio Ghibli’s films, are now putting them all together for one huge release that’ll have …

The Wind Rises Review

I had the pleasure of watching The Wind Rises from Studio Ghibli during its original theatrical screening back in 2013, and it was a marvellous cinematic experience that really left a lasting impression. Watching it all over again in this Blu-ray release proved to be just as absorbing and magical as the first time. This is a two hour film with a slow burn pace, and yet every inch and moment of it will draw you in. The fact that it can do so on a second viewing is a real indication of how great this animated epic is. The Wind Rises comes from the mind and genius of Hayao Miyazaki, and this film is another glowing accomplishment in his already legendary and unparalleled resume of animated classics… if not his very best one. In this film Miyazaki challenges himself by stepping away from his comfort zone to create something that is a jarring departure from anything else he has ever done. The Wind Rises is a historical animated biopic, chronicling the life Jiro Horikoshi, …

Lupin the Third: The Castle of Cagliostro Review

When you think about the most instantly recognizable names in anime/manga that have become global pop culture icons, then a few names like Goku, Doraemon, Astro Boy, Himura Kenshin, and I guess now even Naruto, immediately come to mind. Performance criminal and thief, Lupin is right up there as one of the true Japanese pop culture icons. Even those who don’t actively watch anime today will recall Lupin the Third with the same fondness as Dragon Ball Z. This charismatic anti-hero may be a thief for the most part, but he has all the charisma and secret agent mannerisms of Agent 007 from the Bond franchise. He breaks hearts, he sneaks around, and he somehow manages to save the world, all with a ton of class and sass. Now the original source material of Lupin the Third was strikingly dark and gritty despite its sly sense of humour. It was also sexually charged and provoking, and in fact no animated adaptation of the series captured this essence quite like The Woman Called Mine Fujiko, which is perhaps among …

Academy Awards Streams Hayao Miyazaki’s Honourary Oscar Acceptance Speech

The official YouTube channel for the Academy Awards (it’s alright, I didn’t know they had one either) has recently posted a video that showcases Hayao Miyazaki accepting his honourary Oscar at the governor’s Award Ceremony. In his short speech, Miyazaki expressed how lucky he feels to have been involved in the final era of pencil and paper production, as well as the peace he has enjoyed in his life. John Lasseter (Pixar’s Chief Creative Officer) also gave a speech honouring his friend Miyazaki and declared him one of the two most important figures in the film world, alongside Walt Disney. “to honour extraordinary distinction in lifetime achievement, exceptional contributions to the state of motion picture arts and sciences, or for outstanding service to the Academy.” -30-

Takeshi Kitano slams the Japanese Film Industry and blasts Hayao Miyazaki

Takeshi Kitano, the legendary Japanese actor/comedian/film-maker/screenwriter/cool dude, who has starred in films such as Battle Royale and Sonatine, has put the Japanese Film Industry on the chopping block with some rather brutal remarks taking the business to task for some rather sneaky tactics. During the Tokyo International Film Festival, Kitano was awarded the prestigious ‘Samurai Award’. While accepting the award he gave a speech that left many in attendance in a state of shock and panic. Kitano proceeded to brutally beat down the industry and took aim at famed director Hayao Miyazaki. “The bad thing about the Japanese industry is that the production companies have relationships with cinemas… If you look at the Academy Awards in Japan, it’s mostly TOHO, Toei, Shochiku, and maybe Nikkatsu. I don’t think any have been nominated that are not from these companies. And the newspapers don’t mention this either, because they get ads, and that would be bad,” said Kitano, a man who has seen the ugly face of corruption and spat in its beady eye. He went on to …

Madman Presents ‘The Tale Of Studio Ghibli’ Showcase Hitting Cinemas October/December 2014

Madman Entertainment are extremely excited to announce something magical that will have Studio Ghibli fans Australia wide jumping for joy. The Australian Anime and Manga distributor have just revealed that they are in the process of planning a special theatrical run of a Studio Ghibli-centric series of documentaries that will take audiences behind-the-scenes of their favorite Ghibli productions while also showcasing the studio’s most famous men; Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata. The main feature of this two week theatrical showcase is a film titled ‘The Tale Of Studio Ghibli: Celebrating The Genius Of Hayao Miyazaki And Isao Takahata’ and will be accompanied by two documentaries titled ‘The Kingdom Of Dreams And Madness’ and  ‘Isao Takahata And His Tale Of The Princess Kaguya’. THE TALE OF STUDIO GHIBLI SHOWCASE features not only their 2013 masterpieces in Takahata’s THE TALE OF THE PRINCESS KAGUYA and Miyazaki’s THE WIND RISES, but also the two films they each made 25 years earlier which cemented their reputations and made the name Studio Ghibli synonymous with quality – Miyazaki’s MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO and …

The Snap, Crackle and Pop Culture Show: Studio Ghibli

On the very first episode of ‘The Snap, Crackle and Pop Culture Show’, Luke and Frank tune in on what is going on in recent pop culture news and talk about the massive misconception that is…the closing of Studio Ghibli. They Talk a little bit about what went down, how people reacted to the news and why some fans need to take it easy when spreading , so called, ‘news’. For some more background information on this topic I suggest you Click Here. The article featured is one that describes exactly what is going on in a basic and understandable way. -30-

Rumour Has It That Studio Ghibli May Be Taking A Well-Deserved Production Break

The word ‘rumour’ is one that immediately strikes doubt into ones personal self. A synonym for ‘rumour’ is ‘gossip’ and that word is one known for it’s low level of truth so I will tread lightly with what I’m about to write within this article. Unlike other online publications, we are not making any accusations regarding the shutting down of Studio Ghibli because, let’s be honest here; that’s not what is going on. This rumour has spread over the past day, at this point in time, because of a television appearance by one Toshio Suzuki who you may know is both the co-founder and former president of the critically acclaimed production studio. Suzuki-Senpai, on this particular Japanese documentary series, made a couple simple comments about the Studio’s, let’s say, current ‘solidarity’ state that were quickly lost in translation. The internet, somewhat, exploded with talks of Studio Ghibli shutting down but what Suzuki-Senpai basically said was that some changes need to be made before they can, once again, begin working on more projects. Basically; the studio …

Hayao Miyazaki and Toshio Suzuki Invited To Join U.S. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

  There’s no stopping for Studio Ghibli. It was only a few days ago that Hayao Miyazaki was inducted into the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall Of Fame, and now it has been revealed that the man alongside his old friend and Studio Ghibli’s general manager Toshio Suzuki have both been invited to join, as the title says; the U.S. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Joining the Academy would mean that these two industry legends will be eligible to vote for the Academy Awards. This seems like it would be a big deal for them but, reader, you must remember that Hayao Miyazaki has been invited to join the Academy many times in the past only to respectfully decline. Maybe now that Miyazaki-sensei has retired, he and Suzuki-sensei will accept the invitation to join. It has been said in the past that the reason Miyazaki declined last time was because he believed the invitation insinuated that he was near the end of his career. Sometimes things get taken out of context, he may …

Hayao Miyazaki – Welcomed into the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame

Ah yes, the wind truly DOES rise. For Hayao Miyazaki, this wind zooms past his feet and pushes him to legendary heights. As the co-founder of Studio Ghibli alongside his long-time friend and confidant Isao Takahata, Miyazaki-sensei has added volumes of meaning-filled content to the world of cinema. There’s something amazing about the films Hayao Miyazaki creates. He brings a sense of beauty and wonder to the screen, much like the way I believe Disney used to…unlike Disney though, Mr. Miyazaki’s films have stayed true to themselves and have continued to provide what I believe to be the most exciting movie-going experience ever. It’s just unfortunate that they barely ever get theatrical releases down here in Australia. Regardless of that, we all know Hayao Miyazaki to be animation royalty, this is a truth that cannot be disputed and it looks as though the nice people over at the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame agree with me because today they have welcomed Mr. Miyazaki into their all-star ranks alongside director Steven Spielberg and writer …