Have you heard of Miyazaki and/or Studio Ghibli (株式会社スタジオジブリ Kabushiki-gaisha Sutajio Jiburi)? The world was shocked by news of its closure (later clarified as a hiatus) when its famous co-founder Hayao Miyazaki announced his retirement.
|Howl’s Moving Castle||My Neighbour Totoro||Spirited Away|
Even if you are not familiar with them, you would have definitely heard of the animated films titled ‘Howls Moving Castle’, ‘My Neighbour Totoro’ and ‘Spirited Away’ the later which is one of the first non-English language films to win an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.
Anyway, as Miyazaki is retiring, his last movie will be ‘The Wind Rises’, featuring the story of Jiro Horikoshi, a simple Japanese aircraft engineer, whose dream is to build beautiful aircrafts but eventually he gets caught in the struggles of heartbreak and war.
It has already been nominated for an Oscar and has reaped over RM357 mil since its debut in international theatres. But, its not shown in cinemas here (yet).
However, you can purchase a copy of this film in DVD during its nationwide release at AniManGaki 2014 at Sunway Pyramid from 10 am – 6pm on 9 – 10 Aug where Nozomi, the exclusive distributor for Studio Ghibli in Malaysia, will be commemorating the last 29 years of the studio’s success. Re-watch all the old classics from your favourite author and director Miyazaki and get the latest merchandising for your collection.
Yes! That’s this weekend. So go go go!
#footnote : I’m going to Japan in Sept and hopefully my friend in Tokyo would be able to get us tickets to the Ghibli Museum which is notoriously hard to get so wish me (us) luck! Otherwise, I guess I’d have to settle for the Ghibli 3-D Building Exhibition at the Tokyo Museum showcasing the architecture in the Ghibli movies.