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Upcoming Documentary on Studio Ghibli Goes Behind the Scenes with Hayao Miyazaki

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood July 10, 2013 at 12:42PM

Exciting news lands today for Studio Ghibli fans. Filmmaker Mami Sunada is completing the final cut on a documentary that goes behind the scenes of the legendary Japanese animation studio. The film is titled "The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness," and centers -- naturally -- on auteur Hayao Miyazaki, who is finishing "Kaze Tachinu," and on Isao Takahata ("Grave of the Fireflies"), who has "The Tale of Princess Kaguya" in the pipeline.
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Hayao Miyazaki
Hayao Miyazaki

Exciting news lands today for Studio Ghibli fans. Filmmaker Mami Sunada is completing the final cut on a documentary that goes behind the scenes of the legendary Japanese animation studio. The film is titled "The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness," and centers -- naturally -- on auteur Hayao Miyazaki, who is finishing "Kaze Tachinu," and on Isao Takahata ("Grave of the Fireflies"), who has "The Tale of Princess Kaguya" in the pipeline. 

"The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness" poster
"The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness" poster

Also a point of focus is producer Toshio Suzuki, who is helping on both projects. Few other details have emerged about the doc, but it will premiere in Japan this fall. Per the Film Stage, it will offer a "fly-on-the-wall look at everyday work at the studio."

Meanwhile, Miyazaki's "Kaze Tachinu" ("The Wind Rises") is scheduled for a debut in Japan in less than two weeks. It is the director's first film in five years, and centers on the life of Zero fighter designer Jiro Horikoshi. It is inspired by the Tatsuo Hori novel of the same title, and a manga Miyazaki created for the magazine "Gekkan Model Graphics."

Check out our TOH! list of the Top Ten Studio Ghibli films.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.