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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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Must-See Studio Ghibli Retrospective Gets Spirited Away to Portland's Northwest Film Center

The Northwest Film Center in Portland will be the next repertory cinematheque to showcase the excellent 15-film Studio Ghibli program that was made available in the US at the end of 2011. Included in the series are Hayao Miyazaki classics "Spirited Away," "My Neighbor Totoro," and "Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 4, 2012 1:44 PM
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