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THE TALE OF STUDIO GHIBLI SHOWCASE – CELEBRATING THE GENIUS OF HAYAO MIYAZAKI AND ISAO TAKAHATA

Madman proudly presents a very special event, celebrating the works of iconic Studio Ghibli filmmakers, Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata – in cinemas October to December 2014 throughout Australia.

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Dates & Locations:

OCTOBER 9-22

Melbourne / Cinema Nova

Sydney / Dendy Newtown

Canberra / Dendy Canberra

Brisbane / Dendy Portside

Hobart / State Cinema


OCTOBER 30 – NOVEMBER 12

Perth / Luna Leederville


NOVEMBER 27 – DECEMBER 10

Adelaide / Palace Nova East End

DECEMBER 4-10

Byron Bay / Palace Cinemas Byron Bay

In 2004 Madman’s theatrical division launched with two innovative Studio Ghibli feature film showcases, ‘The Miyazaki Showcase’ and ‘Takahata and Other Classics’. Now, ten years later Madman is thrilled to announce THE TALE OF STUDIO GHIBLI SHOWCASE: CELEBRATING THE GENIUS OF HAYAO MIYAZAKI AND ISAO TAKAHATA – a selection of four masterpieces from these visionary filmmakers, paired with two feature length documentaries offering exclusive behind-the-scenes insight into the making of their latest award-winning films, THE TALE OF THE PRINCESS KAGUYA and THE WIND RISES.

Co-founders of renowned Japanese animation house Studio Ghibli, Hayao Miyzakai and Isao Takahata are two of the most celebrated filmmakers of all time. As creators of some of the most beloved and award-winning animated features the world has known, their legacy is one of unrivalled imagination and unsurpassed excellence.

THE TALE OF STUDIO GHIBLI SHOWCASE features not only their 2013 masterpieces in Takahata’s THE TALE OF THE PRINCESS KAGUYA and Miyazaki’s THE WIND RISES, but also the two films they each made 25 years earlier which cemented their reputations and made the name Studio Ghibli synonymous with quality – Miyazaki’s MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO and Takahata’s GRAVE OF THE FIREFLIES.

Complementing these feature films in THE TALE OF STUDIO GHIBLI SHOWCASE are two revealing documentaries, THE KINGDOM OF DREAMS AND MADNESS and ISAO TAKAHATA AND HIS TALE OF THE PRINCESS KAGUYA, each providing unrivalled access to the inner workings of Studio Ghibli and the painstaking creative process behind the creators’ most recent films.

 

ABOUT THE FILMS:

 

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THE TALE OF THE PRINCESS KAGUYA

Director: Isao Takahata
Rating: PG
Running time: 137 mins
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.

A visionary tour de force.” – Variety

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ISAO TAKAHATA AND HIS TALE OF THE PRINCESS KAGUYA
A TV documentary by WOWOW
Rating: G
Running time: 82 mins
Version: Japanese language with English subtitles

A fascinating and insightful behind-the-scenes glimpse at the creation of Isao Takahata’s THE TALE OF THE PRINCESS KAGUYA. With complete access to the film’s production, we are privileged to witness Takahata as he uncovers the process by which he came to take on the project, the recording of the character voices, the establishment of ‘Ghibli Studio 7’ (a facility set up to meet the demands of a new type of animation that does not fit easily into the traditional Ghibli animation process), the recording of the music with legendary composer Joe Hisaishi, and even a rare meeting between Takahata and Hayao Miyazaki during the production of THE WIND RISES.

GRAVE OF THE FIREFLIES

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GRAVE OF THE FIREFLIES

Director: Isao Takahata
Rating: M
Running time: 88 mins
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.

A ground-breaking animated feature, this masterpiece from Isao Takahata was released in 1988, the same year as Hayao Miyazaki’s MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO.

An emotional experience so powerful that it forces a rethinking of animation.” – Chicago Sun-Times

 

THE WIND RISES

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THE WIND RISES
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Rating: PG
Running time: 127 mins
Versions: Japanese language with English subtitles; English language version

Hayao Miyazaki brings together the aircraft engineer Jiro Horikoshi and the author Tatsuo Hori, men living in the times of THE WIND RISES, to create Jiro, a fictional character at the centre of 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, and the English-subtitled version was nominated for an Academy Award® in 2014 for Best Animated Feature.

4 stars “One of the most visually ravishing films the cinema has given us.” – The Australian

 

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THE KINGDOM OF DREAMS AND MADNESS

Director: Mami Sunada
Rating: PG
Running time: 119 mins
Version: Japanese language with English subtitles

With near-unfettered access inside Studio Ghibli, award-wining director Mami Sunada follows the key personnel at Ghibli – Academy Award®-winning director Hayao Miyazaki, producer Toshio Suzuki and the elusive Isao Takahata – over the course of approximately one year as the studio rushes to complete their two highly anticipated new films, Miyazaki’s THE WIND RISES and Takahata’s THE TALE OF THE PRINCESS KAGUYA. The result is a rare glimpse into the inner workings of one of the most celebrated animation studios in the world, and a portrait of their dreams, passion and dedication that borders on madness.


MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO

 © 1988 Nibariki – G


MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO

Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Rating: G
Running time: 86 mins
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 that 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.

Originally released as a double feature in Japan in 1988 with Isao Takahata’s GRAVE OF THE FIREFLIES, Hayao Miyazaki’s feature is one the most beloved animated films of all time.

One of the most beloved of all family films.” – Roger Ebert

For more information on THE TALE OF STUDIO GHIBLI SHOWCASE, visit:

www.studioghibli.com.au

www.madman.com.au/incinemas

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