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From Worst To Best: Ranking The Films Of Hayao Miyazaki

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • February 20, 2014 2:03 PM
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The Films Of Hayao Miyazaki
When it premiered at the Venice Film Festival back in August, "The Wind Rises," which hits theaters this week, was accompanied by the announcement that it would be the last feature film from director Hayao Miyazaki. It may be that that turns out to be premature—the filmmaker has said as much several times before—but if this truly is his last film, it'll prove to be a monumental loss to cinema.

Review: Hayao Miyazaki's Fascinating And Beguiling 'The Wind Rises'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 19, 2014 6:16 PM
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The Wind Rises
Last year's Venice Film Festival saw a number of filmmakers push outside their comfort zone. Alfonso Cuarón made a 3D blockbuster set entirely in zero gravity. Kelly Reichardt made a thriller. Stephen Frears made a good movie. But no departure has been greater from a filmmaker than the one that Hayao Miyazaki takes with "The Wind Rises." The 72-year-old Studio Ghibli mastermind has made his name with fantastical fables from "Laputa: Castle In The Sky," through his mainstream breakthrough in the West with "Princess Mononoke" and the Oscar-nominated "Spirited Away" to his most recent picture, "Ponyo." But he's never directed a film like "The Wind Rises," a biographical period drama that has a few flights of fancy, but is otherwise a grounded and very personal tale of aircraft design, the oncoming storm, and doomed love. And yet, it's a film that wouldn't work in any medium but animation.

Watch: 'The Simpsons’ Tribute To Hayao Miyazaki & Studio Ghibli

  • By Edward Davis
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  • January 10, 2014 1:44 PM
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Simpsons, Hayao Miyazaki & Studio Ghibli
The Simpsons is curious show. The longest running American sitcom in history (25 seasons long), its relevancy and quality dropped off hard after season 10, but in recent years it’s made a bit of a comeback. And certainly they’ve been more relevant than ever in the movie world with recent impressive tributes like the “Treehouse of Horror XXIV” opener recently directed by Guillermo del Toro. Well, they’re at it again.

Watch: U.S. Trailer For Hayao Miyazaki's Celebrated Final Film 'The Wind Rises'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 18, 2013 2:09 PM
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Considered a strong contender not only for a nomination but also a possible win — particularly considering it's Hayao Miyazaki's final directorial effort — "The Wind Rises" may have a more difficult hill to climb than easier to swallow fare like Disney's upcoming "Frozen." But considering the animated studio has the best of both worlds by distributing the two movies, they should be happy no matter what happens as both are seen as shoo-ins for nods.

Hayao Miyazaki Confirms Retirement, Will Stay At Studio Ghibli

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 6, 2013 10:24 AM
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Hayao Miyazaki, largely referred to as Japan's Walt Disney both for his kindly public demeanor and the fact that he's made a collection of stone cold animated classics (among them "My Neighbor Totoro" and "Spirited Away"), held a press conference in Tokyo to confirm that, yes, he is retiring and yes, you should be really, really, ridiculously sad. Still (silver lining alert): he hopes to maintain a presence at Studio Ghibli, the production company that he founded.

Contest: Win A Blu-Ray Copy Of Goro Miyazaki's 'From Up On Poppy Hill'

  • By Kieran McMahon
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  • September 3, 2013 5:11 PM
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From Up On Poppy Hill
Although it's causing something of a storm in Japan, where wartime matters are still controversial, “The Wind Rises,” the latest film from animation legend Hayao Miyazaki (read our review) is already a huge critical and commercial hit, as is par for the course for the great director (if case you hadn’t heard, he’s retiring). His son, Goro Miyazaki, has always been given a much rougher ride with Japanese audiences, often laboring in the shadow of his illustrious father. “From Up on Poppy Hill” marked a serious turning point though, picking up a slew of good reviews in Japan, the U.S. and Europe, as well as a healthy box-office take and the Animation of the Year award at the Japan Academy Prize (the Japanese Oscars.)

Hayao Miyazaki Announces His Retirement (Again); Watch 90-Minute Conversation With The Director From 2010

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 1, 2013 1:16 PM
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"I think that 'Princess Mononoke' will be the last (feature-length) movie that I make in this way," director Hayao Miyazaki said more than a decade ago, citing his age and the arduous production of that 1997 film as two factors for his stepping away from the drawing desk. In 1998 he even left Studio Ghibli altogether, apparently to make way for younger talent, but returned almost exactly a year later. And in 2004 he was back at work, this time delivering "Howl's Moving Castle" after the film's original director, Mamoru Hosoda, exited the film. So what are we to make of Miyazaki's latest announcement that he's packed it in?

Venice Review: Hayao Miyazaki's 'The Wind Rises'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 1, 2013 8:26 AM
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This year's Venice Film Festival has already seen a number of filmmakers push outside their comfort zone. Alfonso Cuarón made a 3D blockbuster set entirely in zero gravity. Kelly Reichardt made a thriller. Stephen Frears made a good movie. But no departure has been greater from a filmmaker than the one that Hayao Miyazaki takes with "The Wind Rises."

Watch: Hayao Miyazaki’s ‘The Wind Rises’ Gets A 4-Minute Trailer

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 19, 2013 2:05 PM
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As The Film Stage notes, marketing can be exhausting. And with Comic-Con in full swing, the deluge of material from the conference floor in San Diego can seem pretty crass. Essentially, the whole shindig is one big excuse for studios to dump all kinds of swag both to those roaming around the halls of the massive nerd complex, and online, where character posters galore and the like scream at your eyeballs for attention. So, a lengthy trailer that actually shows footage and isn't cluttered up by voiceover and text and teases goes down like a much needed glass of water in the desert.

Watch: First Footage From Hayao Miyazaki’s ‘The Wind Rises’

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 24, 2013 9:37 AM
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It has been six years since beloved animation filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki delivered 2008's "Ponyo," but fans of his work have a reason to get excited again. Miyazaki's got a new movie on the way, one that promises to give viewers another window on a wholly unique world, and the first footage has arrived.

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