Reviewed by: Lucy
Released by: Optimum Releasing
Age Rating: PG
Region: 2 - UK
Length: 118 minutes
Audio: Japanese 2.0 Stereo
A fly on the wall documentary looking at the inner workings of Studio Ghibli, one of the most successful animation studios in the world.
Last night I finally watched the film The Kingdom of Dreams & Madness. A fly on the wall documentary looking at the inner workings of Studio Ghibli, one of the most successful animation studios in the world. This film was made during production of two titles that were set to be released simultaneously (things don't always run on schedule as you will discover). Hayao Miyazaki's The Wind Rises, out to own already, and Isao Takahata's The Tale of The Princess Kaguya, not yet available in the UK.
The film mainly follows Hayao Miyazaki, in my opinion one of the greatest creative minds of all time, and gives a very honest portrayal of him and his working life and relationships. There is a definite rivalry between the two directors, Miyazaki and Takahata, and the history of their relationship and rise to success is covered in great detail.