Anime fans, this one’s for you — a very special Studio Ghibli event is coming to Brisbane!
The Tale of Studio Ghibli Showcase celebrates the genius of two of the studio’s most famous directors, Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata.
The showcase is something of an anniversary for distributor Madman, which launched its theatrical division 10 years ago with two Studio Ghibli film showcases — The Miyazaki Showcase and Takahata and Other Classics. The new program features two films each from the legendary Studio Ghibli co-founders.
The program pairs each of the director’s 2013 masterpieces — Miyazaki’s The Wind Rises and Takahata’s The Tale of the Princess Kaguya — with the films they each made 25 years ago that cemented their reputations and made the name Studio Ghibli synonymous with quality in the eyes of film critics and fans — Miyazaki’s My Neighbour Totoro and Takahata’s Grave of the Fireflies.
The Tale of Studio Ghibli Showcase also includes two feature-length documentaries — The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness and Isao Takahata and his Tale of the Princess Kaguya — which offer behind-the-scenes insight into each of the directors’ latest films.
The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (2013)
Director: Isao Takahata. Versions: Japanese language with English subtitles; English language version.
Found inside a shining stalk of bamboo, a tiny girl grows into an exquisite young lady, raised by an old bamboo cutter and his wife. From the countryside to the grand capital city, even unseen she enthralls all who encounter her, including five noble suitors. Based on the classic Japanese folktale, The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter, the new film from Isao Takahata is a strikingly beautiful masterpiece, eight years in the making and the culmination of decades of contemplation.
Grave of the Fireflies (1988)
Director: Isao Takahata. Version: Japanese language with English subtitles.
In the aftermath of a World War II bombing, two orphaned children struggle to survive in the Japanese countryside. To Seita and his four-year-old sister, Setsuko, the helplessness and indifference of their countrymen is even more painful than the enemy raids. Through desperation, hunger and grief, these children’s lives are as heartbreakingly fragile as their spirit and love is inspiring.
The Wind Rises (2013)
Director: Hayao Miyazaki. Versions: Japanese language with English subtitles; English language version.
A tale of love, perseverance, and the challenges of living and making choices in a turbulent world. The Wind Rises is Hayao Miyazaki’s final feature film; the English-subtitled version was nominated for an Oscar in 2014 for Best Animated Feature.
My Neighbour Totoro (1988)
Director: Hayao Miyazaki. Version: Japanese language with English subtitles.
Two young girls, Satsuki and Mei, have moved with their father into a new home in the country, while their mother recovers from illness in a nearby hospital. To their surprise, they soon discover they share this home with some rather unusual creatures and even stranger neighbours — forest guardians that the girls dub Totoro. When trouble occurs, their new friends will help them rediscover hope.
My Neighbour Totoro and Grave of the Fireflies were originally released as a double feature in Japan in 1988; they remain two of the most beloved animated films of all time.
The Tale of Studio Ghibli Showcase will run exclusively at Dendy Portside from October 9-22; for more information, visit our event guide.