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8:00 AM on 12.17.2013

Miyazaki's The Wind Rises gets English voice cast

Hayao Miyazaki's The Wind Rises (which could very well be his final film before retirement) has been inching closer and closer to a domestic release after it's fly through Japan. Shortly after getting the first US trailer for...

Nick Valdez


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Flixist Discusses Review: The Wind Rises photo
Flixist Discusses Review: The Wind Rises
by Alec Kubas-Meyer

After the credits rolled at the screening of The Wind Rises at this year's New York Film Festival, Hubert and I spent the next hour talking about the film, what we liked and didn’t like, where we thought it succeeded or failed, and where it is a fitting final feature for acclaimed director Hayao Miyazaki. And while we didn't transcribe that conversation, we thought continuing it for our readership to see would be more meaningful than the traditional review/second opinion system we usually follow. And if you'd like to pull back the curtain a bit on our thought processes and see how opinions on the film have and haven't changed, videos of our initial impressions, taken mere minutes after we left the theater, can be found here (Hubert's) and here (mine).

And with that, we present the newest installment of Flixist Discusses Reviews: Hayao Miyazaki's The Wind Rises. Unsurprisingly, Hubert's responses average about twice the length of mine.

[For the next few weeks, we'll be covering the 2013 New York Film Festival, now in its 51st year. Flixist will provide you with reviews, video, news, and features on some of the best films on the festival circuit. To check out all of our coverage of NYFF51, click here.]

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Hayao Miyazaki's The Wind Rises hits NY/LA in November photo
Hayao Miyazaki's The Wind Rises hits NY/LA in November
by Hubert Vigilla

I'm really excited to be seeing Hayao Miyazaki's The Wind Rises at the New York Film Festival. If you're not attending the NYFF screenings and live in New York or Los Angeles, you'll be able to catch Miyazaki's final feature film from November 8th to 14th as part of an Oscar-qualifying run.

Disney and Studio Ghibli announced the week-long engagement at the Toronto International Film Festival yesterday. The Wind Rises will then open in limited theaters on February 21, 2014, with an expanded releases on February 28, 2014.

We should have some brief first impressions of The Wind Rises next week for the start of our NYFF coverage, with a full review to follow the week after. Stay tuned.

[via The Los Angeles Times]

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Hayao Miyazaki explains why he's retiring photo
Hayao Miyazaki explains why he's retiring
by Hubert Vigilla

There was a shock at the Venice Film Festival last weekend when Studio Ghibli president Koji Hoshino announced that The Wind Rises would be Hayao Miyazaki's last feature film. Miyazaki has talked about retirement since 1997's Princess Mononoke, but this time the 72-year-old director says he's serious.

"[In the past,] we could make films in four and five months," Miyazaki explained at a 600-reporter press conference in Tokyo late last week. "But during that time, my staff and I were younger, and we often said that creating these movies was a once in a lifetime event. Now, you can't demand your staff work at this pace forever, because people get older and they have to choose between work and family."

As Vadim Rizov at The Dissolve points out, Miyazaki used to be able to work between 12 to 14 hours a day, but can only manage about seven hours these days. It took Miyazaki five years to make The Wind Rises, and it would likely take longer if there were to be a new film.

We'll be checking out The Wind Rises later this month at the New York Film Festival, so look out for some first impressions and our full review. To close on a hopeful and cheery note, Miyazki intends to remain involved with Studio Ghibli and restated his main goal as a filmmaker: "I wanted to convey the message to children that this life is worth living. This message has not changed."

[via The Dissolve]

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12:00 PM on 09.03.2013

New Releases, week of 9/7/13: Sabrina's Cat Edition

When the Sabrina the Teenage Witch show aired as part of ABC's TGIF lineup, I thought it was the neatest show (but Boy Meets World had it beat, hands down) since the animatronic cat on the program was named Salem and was voic...

Nick Valdez

11:00 AM on 08.15.2013

The Wind Rises delivers new trailer and controversy

With Studio Ghibli's The Wind Rises sitting at number one for four weeks running in Japan, and what's sure to be a successful festival tour picking up with the Venice Film Festival one would believe that everything was ...

Matthew Razak



Promo/trailer for Hayao Miyazaki's The Wind Rises photo
Promo/trailer for Hayao Miyazaki's The Wind Rises
by Hubert Vigilla

We shared a brief teaser of Hayao Miyazaki's The Wind Rises (Kaze Tachinu) a few weeks ago, but now we have a gorgeous four-minute trailer for the film. It's preceded by some promo material featuring Miyazaki and a few fellow Ghibli-ites.

The Wind Rises is based on the life of Jiro Horikoshi, the man who designed the Zero fighter plane in WWII. The film will be out in Japan later this year. Still awaiting information on international release.

[via The Playlist]

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1:00 PM on 07.11.2013

Mondo unveils some marvelous posters for SDCC 2013

As we mentioned yesterday, Mondo has some awesome stuff lined up for this year's San Diego Comic Con. In addition to their awesome lineup of six posters by various artists for Guillermo del Toro's upcoming Pacific Rim that we...

Liz Rugg

5:30 PM on 07.01.2013

Giant Studio Ghibli mural brings the memories back

We're nearing the Japanese release of both of Studio Ghibli's next films -- Kaze Tachinu (The Wind Rises) comes out on July 20 and Takahata Isao's Kaguya-hime no Monogatari (The Tale of Princess Kaguya) hits this Fall. T...

Matthew Razak

8:00 AM on 06.25.2013

Teaser Trailer: The Wind Rises (Kaze Tachinu)

Here is your first very brief look at Hayao Miyazaki's new film, The Wind Rises. The footage aired on Japanese television and reveals a kind of pastoral whimsy and a bird plane. It's not much (about 30 seconds), but it's ver...

Hubert Vigilla

3:00 PM on 05.28.2013

New images for Miyazaki's next film, The Wind Rises

Reportedly getting a trailer sometime this week, The Wind Rises is Hayao Miyazaki's next upcoming project and like anything he does even a few stills/posters are gorgeous. The film is based off of a manga of the same nam...

Matthew Razak





10:00 AM on 04.25.2013

Flix for Short: Giant God Warrior Appears in Tokyo

What do you get when the director of Neon Genesis Evangelion and animator for Nausicaa Of The Valley The Wind, Anno Hideaki, commissions a short film, gets direction by Higuchi Shinji (animator on Evangelion), and a gia...

Nick Valdez

1:00 PM on 04.24.2013

Live-action Kiki's Delivery Service film confirmed

A few weeks ago, we brought news of a potential live-action adaptation of Kiki's Delivery Service to be directed by The Grudge series creator Takashi Shimizu. Today, Twitch has confirmed the film's production, as well as...

Geoff Henao



UK stage adaptation of Princess Mononoke met with praise photo
UK stage adaptation of Princess Mononoke met with praise
by Hubert Vigilla

You may remember that there was a planned UK stage adaptation of Hayao Miyazaki's Princess Mononoke. Whole Hog, the theater company responsible for this live-action adaptation, turned to Kickstarter to help make the play the best that it could be.

The first run of shows finished in London last weekend at the New Diorama Theatre, and the production has been met with praise, including 4/5 stars at The Public Reviews and positive marks from Anime UK News. Whole Hog will now head to Japan to mount the show and then return to the UK in June for a second run at the New Diorama. (Tickets are already sold out.)

The creature puppetry for the stage adaptation had me really intrigued when I first posted on the production last year. You can see what it looked like in the official production photos for the show taken by Polly Clare Boon.

Check out Boon's production photos from Princess Mononoke in the gallery. For more photos and additional information about the show, visit wholehogtheatre.com, check out Whole Hog Theatre on Facebook, or follow @WholeHogTheatre on Twitter. For more information about the New Diorama Theatre, visit newdiorama.com.

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6:30 PM on 04.09.2013

Rumor: Live action Kiki's Delivery Service

Again, this is a rumor coming from Twitch Film. Don’t be too hasty about this being true or not. So Twitch was told that Japanese horror director Takashi Shimizu (Ju-On and The Grudge) has come on board to direct a live...

Logan Otremba



Review: From Up on Poppy Hill photo
Review: From Up on Poppy Hill
by Matthew Razak

The non-fantasy based Studio Ghibli films are pretty limited. In fact if we rule out My Neighbors the Yamadas considering its animation style and tone make it pretty cartoonish there hasn't been one since Grave of the Fireflies. It makes sense considering the studio built its name on its fantastic animations of even more fantastic creatures and worlds. Simply watching the animations in the likes of Spirited Away, Ponyo or Howl's Moving Castle makes for a great time with or without a plot (the plots are mostly still stellar).

From Up on Poppy Hill, their latest film, ditches the fantasy to tackle post-war Japan, a subject they've already beautifully and hauntingly documented in the aforementioned Grave of the Fireflies. Why go back and do it again when they already nailed it? After watching the movie I'm not sure. 

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NYC: Hayao Miyazaki retrospective 4/5-4/7 and 4/12-4/14 photo
NYC: Hayao Miyazaki retrospective 4/5-4/7 and 4/12-4/14
by Hubert Vigilla

We all know Hayao Miyazaki is a master of his craft, and if you live in New York, you're in for a real treat. The Brooklyn Academy of Music is doing an eight-film Miyazaki retrospective this weekend and next weekend. BAM will be showing all movies in 35mm.

From April 5th to April 7th you can catch these films:

  • Castle in the Sky
  • My Neighbor Totoro
  • Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind
  • Princess Mononoke

And from April 12th to April 14th you can catch these films:

For tickets and more information, click here or visit bam.org.

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11:00 AM on 02.04.2013

Trailer: From Up on Poppy Hill

Two years after its Japanese premiere, From Up on Poppy Hill is getting prepped for a US release this March. A few days after the film's official poster was released, we have the first trailer complete with US voiceovers. Th...

Geoff Henao

11:00 AM on 02.01.2013

New poster for Studio Ghibli's From Up On Poppy Hill

I don't think there are really words enough for me to describe the affection I feel towards Studio Ghibli and the wonderful films they create. From Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind all the way up to The Secret of Ariet...

Thor Latham



Jenika's Top 5 Animated Movies of 2012 photo
Jenika's Top 5 Animated Movies of 2012
by Jenika Katz

In recent years, a lot of animated movies have been formulaic and underwhelming, but 2012 brought us the variety and quality that has been missing in the genre for a while. Sure, Disney brought back Beauty and the Beast, Finding Nemo, and Monsters Inc. in 3D, and things like Madagascar 3 still exist, but there were enough new releases that the obvious money-grabs were not so odious. Plus, Finding Nemo in 3D was gorgeous, so shut up.

Animation is always a gamble, since impressive technique can go unnoticed due to a terrible story, and great writing is often watered down to appeal to more to a young audience than to the parents that accompany them. 2012 seemed to understand the dearth of high-quality animated films out there, and it really delivered. In a year that brought us a black-and-white movie about a dead dog, a princess movie without a prince, and three full-length stop motion films, which ones rose above the rest?

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7:00 PM on 12.13.2012

Posters for Studio Ghibli's two 2013 films

The Studio Ghibli retrospective in New York City is entering its final week now. As that draws to a close, we're getting a small taste of Studio Ghibli's output for next year. Two posters have dropped, one for Hayao Miyazaki'...

Hubert Vigilla



New live-action Grave of the Fireflies in the works photo
New live-action Grave of the Fireflies in the works
by Hubert Vigilla

Last week we reported on the theatrical re-release of Grave of the Fireflies, but there's some other news regarding the saddest movie ever made. UK-based Dresden Pictures has picked up the British film rights for a live-action version of Grave of the Fireflies. Shooting will begin in 2014. Liam Garvo and James Heath will produce the film. No other cast or crew has been announced. This will be the third live-action version of Grave of the Fireflies (one was made in 2005, another in 2008), and the first made outside Japan.

I still have yet to see either of the live-action versions, but I think Roger Ebert identified one of the hurdles these films face and why the anime packed such a punch. From Ebert's Grave of the Fireflies review:

Live action would have been burdened by the weight of special effects, violence and action. Animation allows [director Isao] Takahata to concentrate on the essence of the story, and the lack of visual realism in his animated characters allows our imagination more play; freed from the literal fact of real actors, we can more easily merge the characters with our own associations... This film proves, if it needs proving, that animation produces emotional effects not by reproducing reality, but by heightening and simplifying it, so that many of the sequences are about ideas, not experiences.

As a reminder, people in the New York area can see Grave of the Fireflies at the IFC Center from December 7th to December 18th as part of GKIDS's Studio Ghibli retrospective. For more information, visit the IFC Center here.

[Via Anime News Network]

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