If there was ever a special reason needed to plan a trip to Paris, here’s one now: Art Ludique – Le Musée is holding an exhibition of 1300 original Studio Ghibli layouts from October 4th 2014 to March 1st 2015. Continue reading
Language: Japanese, some German and Italian
Director: Miyazaki Hayao
Studio: Studio Ghibli
Screenplay: Miyazaki Hayao
Art Direction: Takeshige Youji
Animation Direction: Kousaka Kitaro
Soundscore: Hisaishi Joe
Theme Song: ひこうき雲 (“Hikōki Gumo”/”Contrail”) by Yumi Matsutoya
Cast: Anno Hideaki, Takimoto Miori, Nishijima Hidetoshi, Nishimura Masahiko, Steve Alpert, Kazama Morio, Takeshita Keiko, Shida Mirai, Kunimura Jun, Otake Shinobu, Mansai Nomura
Runtime: 126 min
Distribution: Studio Canal (UK)
Film’s official website: http://www.kazetachinu.jp (日本語),
Special thanks to Studio Canal for an invite to a press screening of Kaze Tachinu prior to its UK release. I also attended the BFI Preview Screening of the film on April 23. Both screenings were subtitled, I have not seen (nor do I intend to) the dubbed version. The film is now showing in select UK cinemas (from May 9, 2014).
Kaze Tachinu, Miyazaki Hayao’s apparent swan song, comes with a certain kind of echo of「長州ファイブ」(Chōshū faibu/Chosyu Five), in which a group of young, ambitious men – who later become the founding fathers of modern Japan – seek technological knowledge and progress abroad but soon realise that they, and their nation, are years and years behind. Like these men, Horikoshi Jiro (Anno Hideaki), the hero of Miyazaki’s film, desires to know and create for the sake of knowing and creating, although, several decades on from the Choysu Five, he now envies the Germans, not the English, for their advanced know-how. Continue reading
Today I received my monthly BFI Guide in the post, which contained details for the first half of the Studio Ghibli Retrospective. The information isn’t available on the BFI website just yet, so I have listed the screenings (plus trailers) below.
Note that all films, except the Funday screening of 「千と千尋の神隠し」 (Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi/Spirited Away, 2001), will be shown subtitled.
Booking: Priority booking for BFI Champions opens on 3 March, for BFI Members on 4 March. Public booking opens on 11 March.
This week’s episode of The Simpsons makes a tribute to Miyazaki in this wonderful animated sequence, apparently as a sort of ‘Thank You’ since the Japanese master of animation announced his retirement a few months back.
It’s a delightful little clip, with references to plenty of Miyazaki’s creations – see how many you can spot! (If you need help, Slate has been compiling a list.)
Occasionally Facebook is good for something, like today, when a link to an article at the Comics Alliance popped up, describing a Miyazaki Hayao and Takahata Isao project that never happened: an adaptation of Astrid Lindgren’s famous children’s book series Pippi Långstrump (Pippi Longstocking). Continue reading
While the founders and rocks of Studio Ghibli – Miyazaki Hayao and Takahata Isao – were busy working away on their films「風立ちぬ」(Kaze Tachinu/The Wind Rises) and「かぐや姫の物語」(Kaguya Hime no Monogatari/Princess Kaguya) respectively, Sunada Mami had her camera on them to make the first documentary on the animation studio: 「夢と狂気の王国」(Yume to Kyōki no Ōkoku/The Kingdom of Dreams & Madness, Japan, 2013). Continue reading
Belatedly here are the South East Asian entries at the London Film Film Festival, aka the-biggest-film-event-in-the-UK-that-doesn’t-know-how-to-get-its-act-together-to-implement-a-functional-booking-system. Yeah, I’m presently mad at the BFI and their apology (excuses!) does nothing to lessen that. It’s not the first time this has happened, in fact it was worse than last year.
Anyhow, we get films from Japan, South Korea, China, Taiwan, Singapore and Hong Kong. Most have already screened elsewhere as the LFF isn’t really a pioneering, world-premiering event, at least not when it comes to Asian films. The absence of Miyazaki’s「風立ちぬ」(Kaze Tachinu/The Wind Rises, Japan, 2013), which has been/is screening in Toronto, Venice, San Sebastián and now Hawaii, from the programme only confirms this.
Here are the (available) trailers and one-sentence synopses, by country: Continue reading
Miyazaki Hayao’s「風立ちぬ」(Kaze Tachinu/The Wind Rises, Japan, 2013) has been screening in Japanese cinemas for nearly a month now. While a release in movie theatres overseas is probably still a good year away, there have recently been a string of announcements for festival premieres. So far, Venice, Toronto and Donostia (San Sebastián) are on the lucky ones, with the Toronto International Film Festival posting the first trailer with English subtitles yesterday:
Squeezing in the Trailer Weekly before the day is over. I’m still stuffing myself with cherries, I have been debating with myself whether to buy something new to wear at a friend’s wedding later this month (I don’t have anything that’s heat and wedding appropriate) and debating even more whether to finally invest in a digital SLR (a more difficult question, as that involves an even bigger chunk of money and means dipping into savings). I also just rewatched 빈집 (Bin-jib/3-Iron, South Korea, 2004) for the nth time as I had a friend over for dinner who wanted to see a movie, didn’t recognise much from my DVD pile and wanted a recommendation… which more often than not ends up being Bin-jip.
Now, trailers, trailers… number 3 has me particularly excited, others I’m not so sure about.
August is here. Somehow, it doesn’t feel like a busy month film-wise, but I’m probably just being misled here simply because it’s a) a month without any major festivals and b) I’ve probably blanked on some event. Or it might just be the quiet before the storm – after all, the film fest season normally kicks off in September…
What’s on? Well, to start with, we’ve got the nationwide cinematic release of a Studio Ghibli film to be excited about as「コクリコ坂から」(Kokuriko-zaka Kara/From up on Poppy Hill, Japan, 2011) finally makes it to the UK. Some other Ghibli screenings (in cinemas, on TV and online) also celebrate the event, making it yet again a good month for fans of the animation studio. August also sees the home media release of Sono Sion’s 「希望の国」 (Kibou no Kuni/The Land of Hope, Japan/UK/Taiwan, 2012) by Third Window Films, which too comes with a few cinema showings in different parts of the country. And there is the surprise of a secret K-horror film about which no details can be revealed, but which you can learn more about if you join the Mondo Pop email list (details below).
Last updated: 31/7/2013 Continue reading
The countdown to the Japanese premiere of Hayao Mizaki’s「風立ちぬ」(Kaze Tachinu/The Wind Rises) on July 20 continues. While no full-length trailer has been released – at least not on the web, as, apparently, it is being shown in cinemas – there are a few more tidbits to tide us over. Murals depicting all 21 Studio Ghibli films can be admired by cinema goers in Japan at the moment, but fortunately we have also been offered a glimpse online (above image). Also made available worldwide is a short clip of the film’s theme song,「ひこうき雲」(Hikōki Gumo/Airplane Cloud), which EMI records began streaming yesterday:
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I’m not quite ready to be back yet (still busy marking exams)… but I thought some of you might appreciate not having to wait too long for the monthly Events post.
So, what’s on offer this June for South East Asian film fans in the UK? We have got「009 Re: Cyborg」screenings in Edinburgh, Liverpool and elsewhere, a Jackie Chan film in Derby as well as a fabulous Imamura Shohei Retrospective at the Sheffield Doc/Fest, but for the rest
it’s all happening in London Update 7/6/2013: Not quite. I totally blanked on the Edinburgh International Film Festival – so there is loads outside of London as well! Anyhow, it’s a month of festivals and celebrations to commemorate a number of anniversaries.
We start with Seasons in the Sun: The Heyday of Nikkatsu Studios, one of the calendar highlights at the British Film Institute in June. The Terracotta Film Festival is about to kick off and promises to be bigger and better than ever with 27 films (and plenty more) from all over East Asia in store for cinephiles. June is also a good month for Studio Ghibli fans as multiple screenings are scheduled for two animations that were first released 25 years ago, plus another Double Bill at the Prince Charles. I’m also looking forward to「長州ファイブ」 (Chosyu Faibu/Choshu Five), an anniversary screening organised by the Japanese Embassy that commemorates an event from 150 years ago and I’m super-thrilled that a rare indie gem,「はなればなれに」(Hanarebanareni/Kuro), has popped up on the East End Film Festival programme. So we are really not short on choice this month, heck, it almost feels like October, which is normally the height of the film festival season in London town. Anyhow, peruse what’s on and, if you are not in the capital, it might be a good time for a visit!
Last updated: 24/6/2013
May brings Cannes with many exciting film premieres. With the English Channel in our way, we’ll however have to make do with events on this island instead. Luckily, a whole lot is on offer this month, in all corners of the UK – Derby, London, Leicester and even Inverness. You can get a taste of Hong Kong cinema as well as watch quite a number of Japanese olden goldies (directed by Ozu Yasushiro and Kurosawa Akira, among others) at various cinemas and festivals across the country. There is also the Chinese Visual Festival, but nothing Taiwanese this month. Korean films fare a bit better – though only because our beloved Korean Cultural Centre (KCCUK) is, as always, screening two films as part of its Year of 4 Actors Korean Film Nights for year. The good news, however, is that the KCCUK has just launched another film season, Women on Screen, which commences in May and will run until August, doubling the monthly offering of screenings.
For trailers, click on film titles (where available).
Note: As always, I’ll update this post if I hear about any other events.
Last updated: 6/5/2013
If you are following the Whole Hog Theatre on Twitter, you will know that the Leamington Spa based theatre group that is putting on the world’s first stage adaptation of Studio Ghibli’s「もののけ姫」(Mononoke Hime/Princess Mononoke, 1997) has been making its way to Japan, where the play will have a run in Tokyo during Golden Week (April 29 to May 6, 2013).
As they touched down in Japan today, they were greeted by an article on their project in The Japan Times: Continue reading
Director: Alexandra Rutter
Company: Whole Hog Theatre
Adaptation from:「もののけ姫」(Mononoke Hime/Princess Mononoke, Japan, 1997)
Screenplay: not specified on programme or website
Concept arts and set design: Polly Clare Boon
Puppet design: Charlie Hoare
Soundscore: Hisaishi Joe, arranged by Kerrin Tatman for the play
Cast: James Blake-Butler, Lilith Brew, Adam Cridland, Oliver Davis, Andy Elkington, Jack Gyll, Jackie Lam, Amelie Leroy, Mei Mac, Miyake Yuriko, Jess Neale, Maximilian Troy Tyler, Victoria Watson, Samuel Wightman, Elizabeth Mary Williams
Runtime: approx. 130 min (including 20 min intermission)
Official website: http://www.wholehogtheatre.com (London performances),
http://www.princess-mononoke.jp (Tokyo performances – 日本語)
Seen during the play’s first run at the New Diorama Theatre in London. I attended the Friday evening performance. Further Princess Mononoke performances are scheduled for Tokyo (April 29 – May 6, 2013) and London (June 18-29, 2013). London tickets are sold out.
Note: I provide no synopsis of the story here – this review presumes you are familiar with Miyazaki Hayao’s film already and hence is also full of spoilers.
How does one even begin to imagine a stage adaptation of an animated film of the calibre of「もののけ姫」(Mononoke Hime/Princess Mononoke, Japan, 1997), made by the masters of Studio Ghibli and well loved the world round? It is not a challenge that most – even those with plenty of experience and unlimited budgets – would want to take on, but the Whole Hog Theatre, a young performance company from Leamington Spa, England, with only a handful productions (Dangerous Liaisons, Constanzo and Five Kinds of Silence) to their name, was undaunted by the task and simply went ahead anyway. Continue reading
April, April… this year is flying by… I would rather not think about it though. Instead, let’s just see what April has in store for us, film-wise mostly but also otherwise as there are some exciting events at the London Book Fair and elsewhere too.
Note: As always, I’ll update this post if I hear about any other events.
Last updated: 17/4/2013
The Leeds Young People’s Film Festival, the children’s offshoot of the regular festival, released its programme yesterday. The festival runs from March 25 until April 5 and tickets are fairly cheap (£2 for under-19, £5/£4 for adults), so if you live in the area, treat yourself. There are a few films from Japan & Korea:
Another update from the lovely people preparing the (sell-out) stage adaptation of Studio Ghibli’s Princess Mononoke: they have received the blessing from the Japanese animation studio and Hisaishi Joe to use the original music score of the film for their performance. Continue reading
No, it’s not a vandal that has been scribbling on the poster encasing for Miyazaki Hayao’s upcoming animation feature「風立ちぬ」(Kaze Tachinu/The Wind Rises), but it’s Suzuki Toshio, the film’s producer, with a message for the fans: Miyazaki’s film will be released on July 20, 2013. This is reported via nausicaa.net, although I haven’t yet seen a confirmation from the Studio directly.
I’m losing track of all the stops that the Studio Ghibli Retrospective – courtesy of GKIDS, the US distributor of the Japanese animation studio – has been making since December 2011 (when it first launched in New York) on its tour of North America. It has been in California before – in Santa Monica and Hollywood – but not yet in San Diego, where Ghibli films old and new (okay, not totally new as neither「借りぐらしのアリエッティ」/ Karigurashi no Arrietty/Arrietty, 2010 nor 「コクリコ坂から」/ Kokuriko-zaka Kara/From up on Poppy Hill, 2011 are included) will be screening for two weeks. The retrospective is split over two Landmark Theatres, La Jolla Village and Ken’s Cinema, with the line-up as follows: Continue reading
An early Christmas present came from Studio Ghibli today in the form of an official announcement of its next two feature films:「風立ちぬ」(Kaze Tachinu/The Wind Rises) and「かぐや姫の物語」(Kaguya Hime no Monogatari/The Story of Princess Kaguya), directed by Miyazaki Hayao and Takahata Isao respectively. Continue reading
As you may know Studio Ghibli’s 「もののけ姫」(Mononoke Hime/Princess Mononoke, 1997) is being adapted for the stage for the first time ever. Whole Hog Theatre, a small British company specialising in adaptations, is taking on the challenge and will be staging the performance in London in April 2013, with only a handful days programmed. Continue reading
GKids only just tweeted an announcement that the IFC Center in New York – where the special Studio Ghibli retrospective that has been travelling North America since last year first began – will be screening a whole lot of the films of the famous Japanese animation studio between November 16th and December 20th, 2012. It may the final stop of the Miyazaki & Co. tour, but I don’t know for sure. What is certain, however, is that New Yorkers are in for quite a treat – yet again. Continue reading
Just in time this time round. 🙂
Hope you had a good weekend. It actually snowed in London, but only for 10 minutes and no one – except those of us up at 6 am on Saturday morning – noticed. I even saw three people in shorts at that hour, one being a runner, the other two… lunatics? At least I can’t figure out any other explanation for wearing shorts at 1 degree Celsius!
Anyhow, five trailers today (in order to be timely), all J plus one K.
The film festival season gets into full swing (this month’s cover image should give you a visual impression of the deluge of films coming our way): Raindance continues, the madness of the UK’s biggest film event – the London International Film Festival – descends upon the capital, to be followed by the most comprehensive Im Kwon-Taek season that we have probably ever seen in this country, while J-animation fans get their fix up north at Scotland Loves Anime. Let’s hope we’ll all still be breathing when the month is over!
Note: This page will be updated as more information becomes available. If you see anything I have missed, do alert me to it!
LAST UPDATED: 21/09/2012
September means that the film festival season is starting, with the Zipangu Fest and the Raindance Independent Film Festival kicking off first. There are of course festivals all year round, however, it just seems that autumn brings particularly many and particularly big ones in short succession of one another. It’s a busy time for us Asian and world film lovers.
Last updated: 7/8/2012
I am away in India all this month, so you will have to enjoy these screenings for me. Apologies for the post being a day late – it does mean some events are over already – but airplanes still are lacking behind in offering internet services (heck, didn’t I even have a power point at my seat!).
There doesn’t seem to be all that much on at the moment. I guess the Olympics are entertainment enough? But I think this bit of ‘cinematic quiet’ is not all that bad as September and especially October will bring a deluge of film festivals, including some of the UK’s biggest.
UPDATE 2/8/2012: Might have to eat my own words – at least for fans of terror and horror, all kinds of things are being screened.
As I reported recently, Studio Ghibli’s「もののけ姫」(Mononoke-hime/Princess Mononoke, 1997) is being put on the stage by the UK-based The Whole Hog Theatre company. Although the performance will not take place until April 2013, tickets were snatched up in less than 72 hours after they went on sale last week. Clearly, there is a lot excitement about the very first theatrical adaptation of the Studio Ghibli animation. Continue reading
Apologies for not posting much lately (so it feels to me in any case), but I’m quite busy with my studies and work at the moment. I won’t be in the UK for the entire month of August (gotta escape the chaos of the Olympics), and am trying to get as many hours in as possible before going away. Unfortunately, this doesn’t mean that I will be particularly less busy next month, just that I won’t have immediate deadlines and meetings with my supervisors. Continue reading
This month starts off with a bang as several festivals continue and others are about to commence. It gets a bit quieter towards the middle and end of July, but perhaps that’s not to compete too much with Olympics? Well, that’s the rationale we can make for London at least. Continue reading
Feeling lazy today. Just one of those days! Lack of sleep due to marathoning 「花ざかりの君たちへ イケメン♂パラダイス」 (Hanazakari no Kimitachi e: Ikemen ♂ paradaisu/For You in Full Blossom better known as Hana Kimi, 2007) until, umm, daylight hours, is not helping the matter. Hana Kimi is a fun dorama, but, be warned, totally of the whacky, way-out-there, manga-kind – it is in fact based on a manga. Just the final couple episodes feel a little deflated. Still, for the most part it is – once you suspend all and any expectations of normality – crackingly funny and all the familiar faces (Oguri, Okada, Mizushiro, etc.) also warmed my heart.
The trailers this week? An almost exclusively Japanese affair.
Nashville, Tennessee wasn’t originally on the list of cities for the US tour of the Studio Ghibli retrospective, but I don’t think anyone is going to be complaining about this – more likely children (big and small, of course) will be rejoicing. Continue reading
The Studio Ghibli Retrospective’s stop in the northwest of the US is in Portland, Oregon. The NW Film Center will start the retrospective with Miyazaki Hayao’s oldest work, 風の谷のナウシカ, (Kaze no Tani no Naushika/Nausicaä, 1984) – which, strictly speaking, is pre-Studio Ghibli as the animation studio was only founded a year after the film’s success at the Japanese box office. Continue reading
After Dallas back in January, the Studio Ghibli Retrospective makes another stop in Texas, this time in Austin. In fact, the retrospective already began in March, but somehow the news passed me by. Still, there are another six of Miyazaki and Co’s greatest works for any fans of the Japanese animation studio to enjoy between April 5 and 18:
千と千尋の神隠し (Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi/Spirited Away)
Every spring the National Cherry Blossom Festival takes places in Washington, DC, celebrating “the gift of the cherry blossom trees” and “the enduring friendship between the people of the United States and Japan”. If this sounds a bit flowery (excuse the pun), ignore it, because the great thing about the festival is that it comes with all kinds of fabulous events, many of which are free. Continue reading
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I am contemplating to create a separate calendar page for all the film festivals and special screenings in London, because these announcements-by-blog-post probably end up buried amidst all the other posts after a while. I’m not quite sure how to set up such a calendar (suggestions are welcome), so while I get my head around it, these posts will have to do. But do note that it’s on my list of planned features for Otherwhere.
Anyhow, upcoming film festivals in London: Continue reading
Resistance is futile. Just go watch those Studio Ghibli films.
TIFF Cinematique in Toronto is screening 15 Studio Ghibli films from March 10 to April 13 as part of an event entitled “Spirited Away – The Films of Studio Ghibli”. A whole month of Ghibli galore! Continue reading
A good selection of Studio Ghibli films will be showing in Hollywood and Santa Monica from today, January 26, until February 13. The retrospective, entitled “Castles in the Sky: Miyazaki, Takahata and the Masters of Studio Ghibli”, is dividing screenings between the Egyptian Theatre (Hollywood) and the Aero Theatre (Santa Monica) and will include both subtitled as well as dubbed showings. The list of films is below, but you can find full details – dates and all – here. Continue reading
As part of Intercourse, a special, day-long cinematic and artistic event, the ICA is screening Miyazaki’s Academy Award winning 千と千尋の神隠し (Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi/Spirited Away).
Tickets are for £5 only – that’s remarkably cheap for London. It’s worth mentioning also that the ICA has just introduced a new cinema loyalty card where every fifth film you see is on them!
One of my favourite scenes from Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi: A very sad Chihiro is eating the onigiri that Haku has brought for her. Haku is such a wonderful character!
If you live in New York, you are in for a treat. GKIDS has announced that a special Studio Ghibli Retrospective will be held at the IFC Center in New York from December 16, 2011 to January 12, 2012. Fifteen films made between 1984 and 2008 will be screened, both in dubbed and subtitled form. Continue reading