August 2006

August 31, 2006 Updated: "Totoro" in Finland
An official Finnish site for My Neighbor Totoro is open at

The film will be shown at the Helsinki Film Festival which runs from September 14 - 24. Screenings of the Japanese dub and Finnish dub are likely.

Screenings outside of the festival begin on Spetember 29.

Thanks to Taneli Palmen for the news.

August 24, 2006 "Whisper" Screenings in California
Whisper of the Heart will be screened on September 23 at 3:00pm at the Aero Theater in Santa Monica and on September 24 at 7:30pm at the Egyptian Theater.

The second screening is part of a "Unshown Cinema: The Animated Films that Got Away" series and promises that "rare Miyazaki promotional merchandise will be given away at the screening!"

Both screenings will use the English dub and a panel interview featuring some of the cast and writer Charles Solomon follows the Aero showing.

Thanks to Daniel Zelter and Michael Kaye for the news.

August 21, 2006 "Nausicaa" in French Theaters
Known in France as Nausicaa de la vallee du vent, a new French dub was created as well as new subtitles for the release on 23 August. More information.

Thanks to Xavier Roche and Tybalt for the news.

August 14, 2006 Le Guin's Take on the Film
Ursula K. Le Guin has posted her impressions of the film on her website.

Besides her impressions it appears the film will not be released in the US until 2009 due to contractual issues with the Sci-Fi Channel version.

Thanks to Peter van der Lugt from Ghibli World for the news.

August 13, 2006 "Tales from Earthsea" Tidbits
Ghibli World has details on the recently released "Art of Tales from Earthsea" book as well as the latest sales stats for the single CD and box office.

Thanks to Peter van der Lugt for the news.

August 8, 2006 Next Miyazaki Film Details
The normal production diary from June were uploaded today.

According to this diary, next Miyazaki's film seems set in around Kobe city, Japan.

A rough translation of the July diary:

July 6:
The main staff, Kondo-san, Yoshida-san, art staff and Inamura-san went to XXX (somewhere) for location hunting on the next film, and joined Miyazaki-san who came earlier. They went around the places Miyazaki-san recommended. According to them, although they had doubts, the small coffee shop on a mountain was good.

July 18:
The preparation room (for next film) that had been set up on
the second floor of Nibariki moved to the second floor of the first studio of Ghibli.
Though the beginning of animation production is a little more ahead, the imageboards put around the main staff's desk make us feel that we gradually rushing into the production of next film.

July 21:
After checking DLP at Kobe, and after having taken the catnap at a hotel, we went to XXX for location hunting. We joined Takeshige at the XXX station and went to the mountain where XXX is able to be commanded.
Though we went to the place where Miyazaki-san recommended, we were not able to see the panorama of XXX because of the mist. We also stopped in the mysterious cafe on the mountain where the staff who had gone to location hunting in the beginning of this month mentioned.
This cafe seems to be managing by an elderly couple, and looks old. It was a very open-hearted place where stray dogs and cats freely roam in and out in the shop.
After we had a dinner at the hotel, we strolled in the town of XXX at night.

July 22:
Today, we got up at 5am to do location hunting of XXX at daybreak. The scenery of the sea changing little by little at the sunrise was so beautiful.

Thanks to T.Ishikawa for the news.

August 7, 2006 Updated: FilmFour Showing Both Japanese and English Audio
Fri 04 4:55 PM Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro
Sat 05 4:45 PM Kiki's Delivery Service
Sun 06 4:30 PM Princess Mononoke
Mon 07 4:55 PM Laputa: Castle in the Sky
Tue 08 5:10 PM My Neighbour Totoro
Wed 09 4:45 PM Nausicaa of the Valley of Wind
Thu 10 5:15 PM Porco Rosso

Fri 11 4:45 PM Princess Mononoke
Sat 12 2:05 AM Grave of the Fireflies
Sat 12 5:05 PM My Neighbour Totoro
Sun 13 4:55 PM Laputa: Castle in the Sky
Mon 14 0:45 AM Grave of the Fireflies
Mon 14 5:05 PM Kiki's Delivery Service
Tue 15 4:45 PM Nausicaa of the Valley of Wind
Wed 16 4:45 PM Porco Rosso
Thu 17 5:10 PM Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro

Thanks to Jordan Scott, Tom Maughan, and Yasser Sheikh for the updates.

August 6, 2006 Miyazaki Meets Le Guin
According to Goro's August 6 diary, he and Suzuki arrived in Portland, Oregon at 8:30 am on the 5th. They showed "Gedo Senki" to Le Guin on the afternoon of 6th and had dinner together.

Goro mentioned "It is terrible that tomorrow comes."

Thanks to T.Ishikawa for the news.

August 4, 2006 Additional Somerset House Details
Selected text from the press release, Howl's Moving Castle airs on August 16:

Film4 Summer Screen returns for nine nights in August, transforming the magnificent 18th century courtyard of Somerset House into a full-scale, open-air cinema with state-of-the art giant screen, 35mm projection and surround-sound.

This year's outdoor experience brings together everything you love about films, with a line-up of classic thrillers, amazing flights of fantasy, crowd-pleasing comedy, chilling horror and astonishing alien action. Relax and soak up the atmosphere with good food, drinks and DJs before the film.

Tickets: 12.50

All web and phone bookings carry a 1.75 transaction fee per booking, not per ticket

No glass or bottles allowed on site

Doors 6.30pm; DJs from 7.30pm; Film 9pm

Rugs available to buy or bring your own

Tickets: Ticketmaster 0870 4000 603

Book on-line:

Thanks to Cathy Gallagher for the news.

August 3, 2006 Reminder: Miyazaki Films on FilmFour Starting 4 August
A list of the films being shown over the next two weeks can be found here.