It’s shaping up to be quite the bumper year for fans of Ghibli Studio, with Miyazaki Hayao’s Kaze Tachinu (The Wind Rises) releasing in about a week’s time (July 20th) and Isao Takahata’s Kaguya-hime no Monogatari (The Tale of Princess Kaguya) later in the fall.
But there’s more ! A documentary on Ghibli Studio called 夢と狂気の王国 Yume To Kyoki No Oukoku (Kingdom of Dreams & Madness) has also been slated for a fall release. It will focus on directors Miyazaki Hayao, Isao Takahata and producer Toshi Suzuki, following them and the studio Ghibli staff as they work on the above 2 films. The documentary will be directed by Mami Sunada.
Ghibli Studio was one of the first places I went to while studying/working in Tokyo many years ago. I didn’t get to enter the studio, but just to be close to the place where so many wondrous films have been created was magical enough.
For a taste of life inside Ghibli Studio, watch this illuminating Spirited Away documentary (2 parts) :
I await the 2 films and documentary with much excitement.
Official documentary homepage : http://yumetokyoki.com/