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The Tale of Studio Ghibli Showcase

Meld Magazine

Wed Oct 01 2014


CATCH the latest films from Japanese animation powerhouse, Studio Ghibli, at Cinema Nova as part of this special showcase. Marina Solomon has all the details.

In 2004, Australia’s primary gatekeepers of anime Madman launched two showcase events for films from Studio Ghibli’s archive.

Fast track ten years later and the distribution company has enthusiastically decided to launch yet another feature film showcase of the famed Japanese animation studio.

‘The Tale of Studio Ghibli Showcase: Celebrating The Genius of Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata’ will screen exclusively at Melbourne’s Cinema Nova starting October 9.

Both Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata are highly celebrated filmmakers and have been dubbed creators of some of the most beloved animated features in the world.

Miyazaki’s final feature The Wind Rises, which screened earlier this year in select cinemas, will return to screens again as part of the showcase and will be joined by Takahata’s ravishing new film, The Tale of Princess Kaguya.

Perennial favourite My Neighbor Totoro (directed by Miyazaki) and devastating war movie, Grave of the Fireflies (directed by Takahata) will also be screened as part of the showcase.

In addition to these animated film screenings, there will be two feature length documentaries on each filmmaker, which offer a revealing and exclusive behind-the-scenes peek into the filmmakers’ creative processes behind their most famous films and latest features.

All films in the showcase will be screened in Japanese and feature English subtitles.

The Tale of Princess Kaguya

Isao Takahata’s film about a tiny girl who grows into an exquisite young lady, took eight years to create. Based on an old classic Japanese folktale, this new film by Isao Takahata is eloquently beautiful.

The Wind Rises

Nominated for an Academy Award for the best Animated Feature Film this year, The Wind Rises follows an inspiring tale of love, perseverance and a man’s everyday challenge of living and making choices in a turbulent world.

Grave of The Fireflies

A striking film about two orphaned children and their struggle to survive in the Japanese countryside. The film follows Seita and his younger sister Setsuko, who trek through the countryside in the aftermath of a World War II bombing. Through their heartbreak, the inspiring story of love and spirit shines through.

My Neighbour Totoro

A joyful tale of discovery, Miyazaki’s film follows an unusual creature and two young girls Satsuki and Mei who have recently moved into a new home with their father. The Totoro brings hope when trouble occurs for the two youngsters.

The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness

Over a period of three years, documentary director Mami Sunada follows Academy Award-winning director Hayao Miyazaki, producer Toshio Suzuki and filmmaker Isao Takahata and gains insight into their work, dreams and passions.

Isao Takahata and His Tale of Princess Kaguya

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A behind-the-scenes glimpse into the creation of Takahata’s The Tale of Princess Kaguya. Takahata uncovers the process of creating this masterpiece and takes viewers on a journey of recording and animation.

The Tale of Studio Ghibli Showcase will screen at Cinema Nova in Melbourne from October 9 till October 22. Tickets can be purchased at the Cinema Nova website