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Upcoming Documentary on Studio Ghibli Goes Behind the Scenes with Hayao Miyazaki

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. 

Also a point of focus is producer Toshio Suzuki, who is helping on both projects. Few other details have emerged about the doc, but it will premiere in Japan this fall. Per the Film Stage, it will offer a “fly-on-the-wall look at everyday work at the studio.”

Meanwhile, Miyazaki’s “Kaze Tachinu” (“The Wind Rises”) is scheduled for a debut in Japan in less than two weeks. It is the director’s first film in five years, and centers on the life of Zero fighter designer Jiro Horikoshi. It is inspired by the Tatsuo Hori novel of the same title, and a manga
Miyazaki created for the magazine “Gekkan Model Graphics.”

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As a longtime Miyazaki fan, I'm less interested in a look at the studio TODAY, than I am in the studio's rich history and footage from the past 30 years. How has he protected his style of working in all these years? I'd also love to hear critical remarks aimed at Miyazaki from other Japanese animators. I've actually heard such remarks from animators when they've spoken to American audiences, including from Mamoru Oshii (GHOST IN THE SHELL)–I don't remember what he said, though, although I'm sure I have my notes from that session. I also remember hearing the producer of WINGS OF HONNEAMISE at an anime con complain about Miyazaki's efforts to persuade animators to quit HONNEAMISE and come work on LAPUTA at Ghibli. This producer called Miyazaki "the dark side of Japanese animation."

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