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…or: Studio Ghibli at the Hawaii International Film Festival. The festival – which has the tagline of “Cinema in Paradise” – runs from October 11-21, 2012, and is showing all kinds of films, including some animation from the house of Miyazaki & Co. The offering is not quite as extensive as we have seen with the other retrospectives, but some of the big favourites plus several older Ghibli films that don’t screen quite so often are all on the programme:

And a double choice for Miyazaki’s Oscar winner (I know which one I would go to):

Spotlight on Japan

Beyond Ghibli, there is a whole “Spotlight on Japan” section, which includes, among other films, the following:

  • 「おおかみこどもの雨と雪」 (Ōkami Kodomo no Ame to Yuki/Wolf ChildrenJapan, 2012) – This is, as far as I know, the US premiere of Hosoda’s animation. Screenings are October 17 and 21, so I should (fingers crossed) have a review ready for you by then since I will be seeing it at the UK premiere next week.
  • 希望の国」 (Kibou no Kuni/Land of Hope, Japan, 2012). Yeah. You read that right. Haiwaii gets Sono Sion and the London Film Festival doesn’t! Kibou no Kuni already premiered in Japan and these days Koreans can enjoy it at the Busan International Film Festival, but why, oh why won’t it be showing in London next week when it is screening in Honolulu?
  • 「鍵泥棒のメソッド」 (Kagi Dorobo no Mesotdo/Key of Life, 2012)
  • 「キツツキと雨」 (Kitsutsuki to Ame/The Woodsman and the Rain, Japan, 2012) – A delight. I can only recommend it (see my REVIEW).

Key of Life (or maybe: drama of life?)