something to look forward to!

The new Miyazaki film is being released in the US, and I’m thinking I should throw a party!! Howls Moving Castle had just opened in Japan when I was there and I saw billboards for it in Tokyo. I thought about going to see it, but didn’t.

Howls Moving Castle

When Disney bought the rights to do English releases of the Studio Ghibli movies I was in high school. To celebrate the release of Princess Mononoke (the first one they did) a local theater did a festival where they showed two Miyazaki movies every Sunday for about six weeks. I went to almost every one. Every week I would try to find odd jobs to do so I could earn the money for the movie tickets and the pizza we would buy to eat between the two movies. Partly I did it because it was a social event (some of my friends were really into anime at the time), but ever since then I have been an avid Miyazaki fan. His films are flawlessly magical and captivating. They are fantastic in a way that is really rare in other movies. I highly recommend anything of his you can get your hands on!

This is a good list of the Studio Ghibli films.

This site has a nice collection of stills from the movies if you want to see more. They are really beautiful.

One Response to “something to look forward to!”

  1. Jane says:

    Have you read the book of Howl’s Moving Castle (by Diana Wynne Jones)? I had it in my library but didn’t read it until after I saw the movie. Both are wonderful. The mind-mazing thing about Miyazaki, to me, is that in an interview I read in the NY Times he said that he thought a child should see only one movie a year! I love that, and yet itt’s a mid-bending remark since his movies are so big and are marketed by Disney in our American culture that seems to accept movies as a frequent and regular part of every child’s heritage.

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