Date: 2014 November 10 14:58
Posted by Joe
UK Studio Ghibli fans looking for something interesting to buy on DVD will be pleased to hear about the UK DVD release of The Kingdom Of Dreams And Madness. The documentary goes behind the scenes of Studio Ghibli focusing on Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata at work at the studio as they prepare for their latest films The Wind Rises (Miyazaki) and The Tale of Princess Kaguya (Takahata).
The DVD is released on Monday 1st December 2014. You can pre-order it now from Amazon.co.uk.
The movie is also showing at London's ICA until Thursday 20th November 2014.
Ghibli Fans looking for something else to get this Christmas would probably want to consider the soon to be released Hayao Miyazaki Box Set Blu-ray.
Details as follows:
This documentary goes behind the scenes of Studio Ghibli, the celebrated animation studio founded by masters Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited Away, My Neighbour Totoro, Kiki's Delivery Service etc.) and Isao Takahata (Grave of the Fireflies, Pom Poko, Only Yesterday) and gives unprecedented access to both filmmakers as well as producer Toshio Suzuki and the wider Ghibli team as they prepare for their latest films, The Wind Rises (Miyazaki) and The Tale of Princess Kaguya (Takahata).
For lovers of animation, Miyazaki is a near mythic figure, and it's deeply pleasing to watch him at work - whether leading the office in impromptu stretches, toiling on meticulous drawings or discussing details with his team - as well as listening to his charming interviews: "Am I strange?" he asks. "Sure."
Released at a point when the future of Ghibli looks at best uncertain (in August 2014 the studio announced they would temporarily halt production and restructure following Miyazaki's retirement) this is a timely and engrossing study of the studio behind some of contemporary animation's most singular masterpieces.
The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness, dir. Mami Sunada, Japan 2013, 118 mins.