July 2001

July 25, 2001 Updated Barbican Schedule
A detailed schedule is now posted on the Film Festivals Showing page. As always, it remains subject to change.

Thanks to Joe Curzon for posting the schedule to the MML.

July 15, 2001 Ghibli Museum begins to take shape
The new Ghibli Museum due to open in Mitaka on October 2001 has begun to take shape. The progress of construction can be seen in some recent photos below.


An official web site has also been launched.

July 11, 2001 Miyazaki Press Conference
On July 10, a press conference and a test screening of "Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi" was held in Tokyo.

You can see an article (in Japanese) and a picture here.

From left, HIIRAGI Rumi (Sen), SUGAWARA Bunta (Kamajii), KIMURA Yumi (the singer of the theme song), and Miyazaki-San. (Character figures not included.)

At the press conference, Miyazaki-San said that this is the last *feature-length* film he makes, saying that it is now physically impossible to endure the long and hard work of directing a feature-length film. (But that's what he said when he made Mononoke.) He said that he will spend his time for the Ghibli museum and such in future.

He also said that he is very happy with the film.

The film will be released in 330 theaters around Japan on July 20, the biggest release ever for a Miyazaki film.

July 8, 2001 English Dub of "Castle in the Sky" to be Screened in Montreal
The film is being shown during the Fantasia Film Festival. The exact dates are:

Saturday, July 28 - 2:00pm
Monday, July 30 - 12:30pm

Visit the Official Site for more information.

Thanks to Mr. B and Jon Turner for the information

July 2, 2001 "Princess Mononoke" Showing in Melbourne, Australia (subbed)
An English subbed print is showing at the Astor Theatre July 1 - July 7.

It returns for single showings on:

Saturday 11th August 2001
3pm, Single feature

Saturday 8th September 2001
3pm, Single feature

Thanks to Abby Mantiri for the news!