May 112015
 

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Anna (voiced in the English-language version by Hailee Steinfeld) is pretty down on herself. We don’t really know why, but she wants to hide herself away from the world. Her worried foster-mother sends her to stay with relatives (the Oiwas) in rural Hokkaido, hoping it will somehow help. In the countryside Anna discovers a lot more than fresh air. When Marnie Was There is reviewed after the jump.

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Sep 172012
 

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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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Aug 102012
 

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Madman Entertainment is again bringing some of the freshest and most exciting animation direct from Japan to centres around Australia in September.

Four fantastic animated films wills screen in the show case held September 13-26. Details about the films (courtesy of Madman Entertainment)  and the official showcase trailer can be found after the jump.

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Apr 262012
 

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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
 

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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 042012
 

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This review of My Neighbour Totoro has been kindly written by Sydney screenwriter and film critic, Chris Elena. Please check out his great blog for more of his work.
Thanks Chris!

My Neighbour Totoro is the 2nd film in our Miyazaki Month, and my (Sam’s) personal favourite. It is the third film released by Studio Ghibli and also the third film directed by Hayao Miyazaki. It currently sits at 90% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, and is currently at #170 on the IMDB Top 250 movies list.

Check out Chris’s review after the jump!

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