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Hayao Miyazaki's Next Film to Focus On The Life Of The Designer Of The Zero Fighter Plane

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • July 23, 2012 9:18 AM
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As Twitch film points out, the next film from famed animator and director Hayao Miyazaki will not be something "everyone in the audience can relax and watch." No, instead, the director of such beautifully cuddly movies as "Spirited Away" and, most recently, 2008's touching aqua-fable "Ponyo," will be doing something more personal and unique. As it turns out, it's a film based around the life of Jiro Horikoshi, the man who designed the Zero fighter plane that was used during World War II, most infamously during the Pearl Harbor attack. Whoa boy.

Review: 'The Secret World Of Arrietty' Is A Beautiful, Whimsical & Heartfelt Fable From Studio Ghibli

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • February 15, 2012 1:00 PM
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The charmingly simple conceit behind Mary Norton's children's fantasy novel series "The Borrowers" is that there are a race of tiny people, no bigger than a stack of quarters or a human thumb, that live underneath your floorboards, sneaking into your home at night to "borrow" things essential to their survival. While this doesn't explain the mystery of the missing sock, it does give a nifty explanation to misplaced household items, told with a twinkly kind of magic that's easy to believe in, especially at a time in your life when you too are smaller than most people

Watch: Lush International Trailer For Studio Ghibli's Latest 'Arriety'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 4, 2011 1:05 AM
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Despite the patronage of Disney and John Lasseter, the work of Hayao Miyazaki has never quite made the impression abroad that it has in its native Japan, where his films number among the all-time biggest grossers: in the U.S. 2009's "Ponyo" is his most successful film, despite the raves given to "Princess Mononoke" and "Spirited Away." At the same time, it has at least been demonstrated now that there is an audience for both his films and those of his professional home, Studio Ghibli, and it's now common for those films to get a U.S. release, even if Miyazaki himself isn't at the helm.

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