September 2005

September 28, 2005 UK News Roundup
"The most enchanting film of the year"

(Diana Wynne Jones interview)

(Miyazaki interview)

(radio discussion, click "Listen Again," Tuesday)

In both radio programmes, the "Howl" discussion is midway through the programme.

September 22, 2005 Rumor: Miyazaki and Ursula K. LeGuin
Anime News Service is reporting that Studio Ghibli is pursing Ursula K. LeGuin's "Earthsea" series as Miyazaki's next film project.

Thanks to Daniel Zelter for the news.

September 15, 2005 Updated: Guardian Unlimited Interviews Miyazaki
Interview link

Note that the quote in the article from Miyazaki's publicist that this is "the first interview he has agreed to in 10 years" is pure publicist hype. Miyazaki has done hundreds of interviews over the past ten years in both Japan and the US during the publicity campaigns for Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away. Perhaps the publicist meant this was the first interview with a member of the British media in 10 years?

In other UK news the film journal Sight & Sound is carrying a piece on Howl's Moving Castle and Miyazaki's influences from Western children's literature titled Castles In The Sky.

Thanks to the many people who wrote in with the Guardian interview and to Max Tuthill for the S&S article.

September 12, 2005 Updated: Miyazaki Receives Golden Lion at Venice Film Festival
You can see a video clip of Miyazaki receiving the Golden Lion: (WMP or Real Player)

He said that he feels as if he was told that he is an old and outdated now, since he has received a lifetime achievement award. He said he's rather see the future than the past, and his next film is still in the early development stage. (Article)

Photos of the event courtesy of Andrea Concina.

Photos of the mob scene around Miyazaki by Giovanni Salvini:

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Miyazaki also presented the Golden Lion (video from German TV) for the best film to Ang Lee.

Translation help from David Banz:

Breitband = broadband
interner Player = internal player
externer Player = external player
Video starten = start video
Einstellungen speichern = save settings

September 12, 2005 Updated: "Howl's Moving Castle" and Studio Ghibli Shorts Japanese DVDs on November 16
To be released in Japan on Nov. 16th
Region 2, NTSC

Standard Edition:
2 disc set
Disc 1: Film. Letterboxed, Japanese audio (DD EX), English audio (DD EX) French audio (DD 2.0), Japanese, English, and French subtitles.
Disc 2: Storyboards, trailers, documentary of Howl premiers in Venice and US, interview with English director Pete Doctor.

Special Edition
4 disc set
Disc 1: Japanese version (DD 2.0 and DTS-ES), Japanese and English subtitles
Disc 2: Japanese, English, French, Mandarin, and Cantonese (all DD 2.0), subtitles in these five languages
Disc 3: Same as the Disc 2 of Standard Edition
Disc 4: Miyazaki and Moebius Talk, documentary of the US premier, "Hello, Mr. Lasseter" (a clip of Miyazaki and John Lasseter meeting again), a lecture by Mitsunori Kataama (CG director) about the CG in movie, and an interview with Miyazaki and the English cast during the film's premiere in New York.

Also released on Nov. 16th:
Ghibli ga Ippai Special Short Short
Includes: Sorairo no Tane, On Your Mark, Portable Airport, Space Station No.9, Various Commercials (see below), Nandaro

List of commercials (via NeoWing):

Kinyou Roadshow Opening
Online Shopping Mall "Shop-One" Announcement Spot
Asahi Inryou "Umacha" Commercial
Lawson "Mitaka no Mori Ghibli Bijutstukan" Ticket Sales
Announcement Spot
Lawson "Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi" DVD Sales Announcement Spot

House Shokuhin "Neko no Ongaeshi" Campaign Commercial
Risona Ginkou Corporate Commercial
House Shokuhin "O-uchi de Tabeyou." Series Commercial, Summer Version
House Shokuhin "O-uchi de Tabeyou." Series Commercial, Winter Version
KNB YumeDigi PR Spot "Hajimaru yo, Erai Koccha-hen"

Yomiuri Shinbubsha Corporate Commercial "Kawaraban-hen"
Yomiuri Shinbunsha Corporate Commercial "Dore Dore Hikkoushi-hen"

A boxset containing the "Howl" Standard Edition DVD and the Studio Ghibli Shorts DVD will be released as well.
It comes with a "Dore Dore no Uta" CD (a song used in Yomiuri Newspaper TV commercial, which Ghibli animated)

If you preorder, you can get a clip of the 35mm film.

Cover images and detailes in Japanese: