Jun 27, 2014

U.S. film academy invites Miyazaki

The U.S. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has invited 271 artists and executives, including animator Hayao Miyazaki, to join the organization. If he accepts the offer, Miyazaki will be able to vote for the Academy Awards. The academy picked Miyazaki for his ...

Anime industry reunified at expo, satellite events

| Apr 11, 2014

Anime industry reunified at expo, satellite events

by Roland Kelts

AnimeJapan 2014, the rebranded and reunified annual industry trade show, exceeded organizers’ expectations last month, hosting 110,000 producers, publishers, journalists, cosplayers and public visitors. What a relief. Since 2010, the anime industry’s political divisions meant two separate shows: one in Chiba called the Anime ...

Live-action Ghibli remake delivers a new Kiki

Mar 6, 2014

Live-action Ghibli remake delivers a new Kiki

by Mark Schilling

When is a remake not a remake? Arguably, Takashi Shimizu’s “Majo no Takkyubin (Kiki’s Delivery Service)” is less a reworking of the Hayao Miyazaki animation classic (which this reviewer praised on this page in 1989) than his own interpretation of the 1985 Eiko Kadono ...

Debate still rages over Abe-endorsed WWII drama

Feb 20, 2014

Debate still rages over Abe-endorsed WWII drama

by Mark Schilling

Takashi Yamazaki’s World War II drama “Eien no Zero (The Eternal Zero),” whose pilot hero joins the tokkōtai (kamikaze) suicide squadron in the closing days of the war, has soared to the box office heights since its Dec. 21 release. After ranking No. 1 ...

Feb 2, 2014

Miyazaki wins Annie Award for 'Kaze Tachinu' screenplay

Director Hayao Miyazaki on Saturday won the Annie Award for writing in an animated feature production for the screenplay to “Kaze Tachinu” (“The Wind Rises”), the organizer of the event, dubbed “the Academy Award for animation,” said. His film was also nominated for best ...

Jan 13, 2014

Movie critics pass over 'Kaze Tachinu' for Golden Globe

The animated movie “Kaze Tachinu” (“The Wind Rises”), directed by Hayao Miyazaki, failed to garner the Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign-Language Film. This year’s prize went to the Italian movie “The Great Beauty,” directed by Paolo Sorrentino, according to the Hollywood Foreign Press ...

'Kaguya-hime no Monogatari (The Tale of Princess Kaguya)'

Nov 21, 2013

'Kaguya-hime no Monogatari (The Tale of Princess Kaguya)'

by Mark Schilling

Isao Takahata has long been overshadowed by longtime colleague and Studio Ghibli cofounder Hayao Miyazaki. The younger man (Takahata is 78, Miyazaki 72) has had more and bigger hits, including his latest, the World War II-themed “Kaze Tachinu (The Wind Rises),” while Takahata’s last ...

Nov 1, 2013

Asian animators drawing inspiration from Miyazaki

As Oscar-winning animator Hayao Miyazaki heads into retirement, industry watchers say the next generation of Asian filmmakers stepping out of his shadow will struggle to match the master’s box-office domination. “The view here is that there will be no ‘second Miyazaki,’ ” Tokyo-based author ...