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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