While it is true that most of the Studio Ghibli classics are epic anime that feature magical stories and fantastic adventures, a number of their beloved releases are indeed ‘smaller films’ that tell realistic stories, like Isao Takahata’s Only Yesterday and Tomomi Mochizuki’s Ocean Waves. And Goro Miyazaki’s From Up On Poppy Hill belongs to that latter group. It is a smaller-scale film that is charming and crowd-pleasing.
Thursday, 4 June 2015
Stand By Me Doraemon has continued its success in Asia. After taking Japan, South Korea, Indonesia and Hong Kong by storm (as previously reported on this blog), the robot cat film opened in China last weekend with a record-breaking opening. It is the first Japanese film to be released in China for 3 years.
Monday, 27 April 2015
If you are a fan of anime, you have probably seen all of the Studio Ghibli films. The question is: have you really seen ALL of the Studio Ghibli films?
Nippon Animation is collaborating with Shirogumi to produce three Sinbad anime films to celebrate its 40th anniversary. The first film, titled Sinbad: The Flying Princess And The Secret Island, is due for release on July 4 and its trailer is now available.
Saturday, 25 April 2015
Fans of Hajime Isayama’s Attack On Titan have more than one reason to rejoice. Besides the upcoming live-action adaptation, the second anime film based on the popular anime series is also due for release in June this year.
Paris-based Company Wild Bunch will launch sales on British-Dutch animator Michaël Dudok de Wit’s The Red Turtle, a co-production between a number of companies that include Studio Ghibli and is the only European project the Japanese studio has ever supported. This will be de Wit’s first animated feature after a series of shorts that include Father and Daughter, which won him Best Animated Short Film at the Oscars.
Friday, 24 April 2015
An English-subbed trailer has arrived for the upcoming 2-part live-action film adaptation of Hajime Isayama's influential manga Attack On Titan. The manga has already been adapted into popular anime series and films, and the upcoming big budget live-action films are two of this year's most hotly anticipated films.