Aug 302014


Oh my, Madman Films are bringing something truly great to select Australian cinemas later this year. Celebrating iconic Studio Ghibli Founders Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata, Madman will present four feature films by these legendary directors, along with two documentaries about their work. The Tale of Studio Ghibli showcase will screen for a 2 week season beginning October 9th.

Co-founders of renowned Japanese animation house Studio Ghibli, Hayao Miyzakai and Isao Takahata are two of the most celebrated filmmakers of all time. As creators of some of the most beloved and award-winning animated features the world has known, their legacy is one of unrivaled imagination and unsurpassed excellence.

THE TALE OF STUDIO GHIBLI SHOWCASE features not only their 2013 masterpieces in Takahata’s THE TALE OF PRINCESS KAGUYA and Miyazaki’s THE WIND RISES, but also the two films they each made 25 years earlier which cemented their reputations and made the name Studio Ghibli synonymous with quality – Miyazaki’s MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO (my favourite animated film of all time!!) and Takahata’s GRAVE OF THE FIREFLIES. Complementing these feature films in THE TALE OF STUDIO GHIBLI SHOWCASE are two revealing documentaries, THE KINGDOM OF DREAMS AND MADNESS (which I gave 5 stars to at the recent Sydney Film Festival) and ISAO TAKAHATA AND HIS TALE OF THE PRINCESS KAGUYA, each providing unrivalled access to the inner workings of Studio Ghibli and the painstaking creative process behind the creators’ most recent films.


October 9-22
Sydney – Dendy Newtown
Melbourne – Cinema Nova
Canberra – Dendy Canberra
Brisbane – Dendy Portside

November 6-19
Perth – Luna Leederville

November 27 – December 10
Adelaide – Palace Nova East End

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Sep 172012


The highest grossing Japanese film of 2011, From Up On Poppy Hill (コクリコ坂から) was written by the master of animation Hayao Miyazaki (with Keiko Niwa, and based on the comics written by Tetsuro Sayama), directed by Goro Miyazaki, and was produced by animation powerhouse Studio Ghibli – What a pedigree! Thankfully the film lives up to the reputation of the names behind it. It’s a heartfelt and charming story, anchored by historical facts and the strong female characters which Ghibli films are known for. Review after the jump!

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Apr 262012


Princess Mononoke is the tenth feature film produced and released by the Japanese Animation studio, Studo Ghibli (スタジオジブリ), and the seventh film directed by Hayao Miyzaki. It took Miyazaki over sixteen years to fully develop the story; and at the time it was the most expensive anime ever produced. It currently sits at #98 on the IMDB Top 250 films, and at 94% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.

Check out our review of the fourth film in our Miyazaki Month, Princess Mononoke after the jump!

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Apr 122012


Spirited Away is the third film in our ‘Miyazaki Month’. Released in 2001, it went on to win the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival, and also the 2002 Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. It remains Japan’s most successful film, taking in over US$274 million worldwide. The film currently sits at number 45 on the IMDB Top 250, and is rated 97% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.

This review has kindly been written by media student and blogger Ruth Richards. Be sure to check out her other great writing over on her blog. Thanks Ruth!

Check out Ruth’s guest review of Spirited Away/千と千尋の神隠し after the jump!

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Apr 012012


A mythical floating city, a girl who falls from the sky, and a chase to rival any modern-day Hollywood film. Check out our thoughts on Castle in the Sky – Hayao Miyazaki’s third film, and the first in our “Miyazaki Month” after the jump.

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Mar 212012

Next month (April) we’re going to be doing a mini-marathon of Hayao Miyazaki-directed films. To make sure you’re favourite is among them, we’d like you to tell us which film it is! Vote on your favourite after the jump.

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