CELEBRATE STUDIO GHIBLI: Our top picks for the festival
Madman proudly presents CELEBRATE STUDIO GHIBLI, a month-long celebration of the complete theatrical works, and more, from the acclaimed animation house – in cinemas in Australia and New Zealand, from August 24th to September 20th, 2017.
With this upcoming festival hitting select theatres, we thought that we would put out our ‘Top 5 Picks’ to catch while you can on the big screen!
#5 – PONYO – 2008
Ponyo is one of the more recent releases from Ghibli, yet manages to capture the essence and feels of it’s older predecessors.
Ponyo is the eighth film Miyazaki directed for Ghibli, and his tenth overall. The plot centers on a goldfish named Ponyo who befriends a five-year-old human boy, Sōsuke, and wants to become a human girl. Sound like a wild enough ride for you yet? The animation is stunning and well worth a mention on our Top 5.
#4 – PORCO ROSSO – 1992
When Pigs fly… Porco Rosso is certainly one film you won’t want to miss!
Porco Rosso revolves around an Italian World War I ex-fighter ace, now living as a freelance bounty hunter chasing “air pirates” in the Adriatic Sea. However, an unusual curse has transformed him into an anthropomorphic pig. Once called Marco Pagot (Marco Rossolini in the American version), he is now known to the world as “Porco Rosso”, Italian for “Red Pig”.
#3 – WHISPER OF THE HEART – 1995
Time to get a little mushy. This Romantic Drama is sure to bring out all the feels!
Whisper Of The Heart is a romantic drama directed by Yoshifumi Kondō and written by Hayao Miyazaki based on the 1989 manga of the same name by Aoi Hiiragi. It was the first theatrical Studio Ghibli film to be directed by someone other than Miyazaki or Isao Takahata.
Whisper of the Heart was Kondō’s only film as director before his death in 1998. Studio Ghibli had hoped that Kondō would become the successor to Miyazaki and Takahata.
#2 – PRINCESS MONONOKE – 1997
Blood, Violence and a tone that is sure to stick with you…
Princess Mononoke is set in the late Muromachi period (approximately 1336 to 1573) of Japan. The story follows the young Emishi prince Ashitaka’s involvement in a struggle between the gods of a forest and the humans who consume its resources. The term “Mononoke” (物の怪 or もののけ) is not a name, but a Japanese word for a spirit or monster. Unlike other Ghibli films, Mononoke has a darker and more violent setting and tone.
We are absolutely pumped to see this one on the big screen, and we are sure you will love it too!
#1 – MY NEIGHBOUR TOTORO – 1988
TO! TO! RO!
My Neighbor Totoro is possibly not only one of the greatest films in the Ghibli collection, but quite possibly the greatest Anime ever created!
MNT tells the story of the two young girls (Satsuki and Mei) and their interactions with friendly wood spirits in postwar rural Japan. The film won the Animage Anime Grand Prix prize and the Mainichi Film Award and Kinema Junpo Award for Best Film in 1988. It also received the Special Award at the Blue Ribbon Awards in the same year.
This film is our top pick, and deserves to be enjoyed by all on the silver screen. Japanese or English version you may ask? We recommend a viewing of both to really encapsulate the true feelings of the film itself.
Bonus: SPIRITED AWAY – 2001
Now you didn’t think we would leave this out in the dark did you…?
One of the most well known films from the Studio, Spirited Away is well worth another watch in the cinema. Regarded as a Masterpiece, if you have never seen it – this is surely a top contender for you.
What films are you most excited for during the CSG Festival? Let us know in the comments below! Check your nearest cinemas for more details on showings and availability now!