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Studio Ghibli Retrospective Returns to TIFF Cinematheque, Now Includes Rarely Screened Classic 'Grave of the Fireflies'

The TIFF Cinematheque is putting on a retrospective this holiday season devoted to Japan’s Studio Ghibli. Following a spectacularly popular run in the spring of 2012 (which, as well as playing Toronto, made it across the US, too), the retrospective is returning on December 13 and running through January 3 with a near-exhaustive 18-film collection that includes a blend of new 35mm and digital prints. Of note is the inclusion this time around of Isao Takahata's "Grave of the Fireflies," a title not part of the original retrospective.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 15, 2013 12:45 PM
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EXCLUSIVE: Behind the Scenes at Studio Ghibli and Miyazaki's Oscar-Contender 'The Wind Rises' (TRAILER)

A contender for the animated feature Oscar, the subtitled "The Wind Rises" (Disney) is now playing a one-week Oscar qualifying run in Los Angeles and New York in its Japanese subtitled version. Possibly the last film from Hayao Miyazaki, the Walt Disney of Japan, who won the animated Oscar for "Spirited Away," "The Wind Rises" is not aimed at young kids. Gorgeously drawn, it's an historical true story of the brilliant designer behind the Zero fighter plane that wrecked havoc in World War II. I interview Geoffrey Wexler, a high-ranking Studio Ghibli executive who was in town to start dubbing the English version that Disney will release on February 21.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 12, 2013 11:39 AM
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Miyazaki's 'The Wind Rises' Gets Stateside Release Date from Disney, Plus Awards Qualifying Plans

Disney and Studio Ghibli have released plans for the stateside release and awards qualification engagement for Hayao Miyazaki's latest (and, according to his retirement plans, his last) film, "The Wind Rises." The film is slated for a limited release in the US on February 21, 2014, and will expand on February 28.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • September 12, 2013 11:44 AM
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Hayao Miyazaki Officially Explains His Retirement, Plus Review Roundup of 'The Wind Rises'

Hayao Miyazaki released an official statement to the media September 6 on his reasoning behind his previously announced retirement. While he says that he intends to keep working in various capacities for the next decade, he won't return to the directing chair. The production period on his films continues to increase -- his current film, "The Wind Rises," took five years to make -- and at that rate, he points out, "the studio can't survive."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • September 6, 2013 1:53 PM
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Hayao Miyazaki Open to a 'Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind' Sequel

During an interview on Japanese talk show "Oosama no Brunch," animation auteur Hayao Miyazaki hinted that he's open to the possibility of a sequel to 1984's "Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind," his second feature film and one of his most beloved by fans. But he wouldn't want to helm it himself -- he'd pass the reins over to director Hideaki Anno ("Neon Genesis Evangelion").
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 26, 2013 12:58 PM
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Upcoming Documentary on Studio Ghibli Goes Behind the Scenes with 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.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 10, 2013 12:42 PM
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TOH! Ranks the Top Ten Studio Ghibli Films, 'My Neighbor Totoro' and 'Howl's Moving Castle' Come to Blu-Ray UPDATE

Hayao Miyazaki's masterpieces "My Neighbor Totoro" and "Howl's Moving Castle" are now available on Blu-ray for the first time. Below, our TOH! ranking of the Top Ten Studio Ghibli films (hint: "Totoro" and "Howl's" make the list).
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  • May 31, 2013 2:43 PM
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GKIDS to Release Studio Ghibli's Takahata Masterpiece 'Grave of the Fireflies'

GKIDS has taken North American rights from Japan's Toho Co. Ltd. to distribute "Grave of the Fireflies," the 1988 feature from Studio Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata. The critically-beloved film is told in flashbacks from the perspective of two children as it follows the devastation of Japan during the end of WWII.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 20, 2012 3:12 PM
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Studio Ghibli's 'From Up on Poppy Hill' Gets English-Language Voice Cast, Includes Curtis, Howard, Hendricks

Studio Ghibli's latest film "From Up on Poppy Hill" looks to be a subtle, melancholic coming-of-age tale reminiscent of some of Ghibli's finest dramas, such as "Whisper of the Heart" and "Only Yesterday." The sprawling American voice cast for the film has just been announced, and includes...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 5, 2012 4:14 PM
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Trailer Watch: Quiet, Melancholic 'From Up on Poppy Hill' Looks to Be a Strong Studio Ghibli Entry

The trailer for the latest Studio Ghibli film, "From Up on Poppy Hill," has landed. Written by Hayao Miyazaki and directed by his son, Goro, this quiet coming-of-age drama recalls one of Ghibli's best films, 1995's "Whisper of the Heart."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 8, 2012 1:40 PM
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