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2024-05-21 Studio Ghibli awarded honorary Palme d’Or at Cannes

The Asahi Shimbun

National Report

Studio Ghibli awarded honorary Palme d’Or at Cannes

By NORIKI ISHITOBI/ Senior Staff Writer

May 21, 2024 at 15:08 JST

Photo/Illutration Studio Ghibli Inc. executive Goro Miyazaki receives the Honorary Palme d'Or on May 20 at the 77th Cannes Film Festival. (Noriki Ishitobi)

CANNES—Animation powerhouse Studio Ghibli Inc. received an honorary Palme d’Or at the 77th Cannes Film Festival held here on May 20.

The audience at the 2,300-seat Grand Theatre Lumiere, which was packed to capacity and included children, gave studio executive Goro Miyazaki a two-minute standing ovation.

“I would like to thank and share the joy with all staff at the studio, the Ghibli Museum and Ghibli Park,” said Miyazaki, son of celebrated filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki.

“This honor belongs to all the fans around the world who love our work,” he said.

Hayao Miyazaki and Toshio Suzuki, who has produced many of Miyazaki’s films, sent a video message to the celebration. The venue erupted in laughter at their witty exchange.

They cofounded the animation studio in 1985 with the late filmmaker Isao Takahata.

The ceremony was followed by a rare screening of short films by Hayao Miyazaki, typically only available at the Ghibli Museum in Tokyo: “Mei and the Baby Cat Bus,” “House Hunting,” “Mr. Dough and the Egg Princess” and “Boro the Caterpillar.”

2018-04-05 Death of Studio Ghibli Co-Founder Isao Takahata

In one of the most significant developments in the history of Studio Ghibli, it is reported that Isao Takahata has died at the age of 82. (Japanese) (English)

"Reportedly, Takahata’s health began declining last year because of a heart condition"

--Mrgazpacho (talk) 22:37, 5 April 2018 (UTC)

Joe Hisaichi To Perform With Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

Joe Hisaichi will appear with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in 2 concerts in Melbourne, Australia, on the 27th and 28th of April, 2018. He will be conducting the programme Music from the Studio Ghibli Films of Hayao Miyazaki for the first time outside Japan.

More information: [1]

--Mrgazpacho (talk) 10:28, 7 February 2018 (UTC)

Ursula K. Le Guin, Author of Earthsea Series, Dies

The author Ursula Le Guin has died. She wrote the Earthsea series, which was the basis for the Studio Ghibli movie Tales from Earthsea

Her obituary appears in the New York Times here: [2]

Her well-known dislike for adaptations of her work is noted in that obituary as follows:

"Among the other adaptations of her work were the 2006 Japanese animated feature Tales From Earthsea ... With the exception of the 1980 Lathe of Heaven, she had little good to say about any of them."

--Mrgazpacho (talk) 03:28, 24 January 2018 (UTC)

Miyazaki's Next Film Announced

The Asahi website just announced the title of Miyazaki's next movie:

The title is "Kimi-tachi wa Dou Ikiru ka?" (How Do You Live?)

The film shares the same title as a best-seller written by Genzaburou Yoshino in 1937.

Thanks to Kitsu Sensei for posting to the MML

--LLin (talk) 00:35, 31 October 2017 (UTC)

Spirited Away Returns to US Theaters

For a two-night engagement:

  • December 4th - English dubbed voices
  • December 5th - original voice actors with English subtitles

--LLin (talk) 02:03, 15 November 2016 (UTC)

Post-Oscar News Dump

"The Tale of the Princess Kaguya" didn't win, but you're a winner with these news bits.

Thanks to Daniel Zelter for the news.

--LLin (talk) 23:00, 21 April 2015 (CDT)

Pre-Oscar News Dump

Thanks to Daniel Zelter for the news.

--LLin (talk) 02:10, 22 February 2015 (CST)

"The Tale of the Princess Kaguya" Nominated for an Oscar

ANN has the rundown on this year's race for Animated Feature Film category. The Isao Takahata film goes against "Big Hero 6", "The Box Trolls", "How to Train Your Dragon 2", and "Song of the Sea".

Thanks to Daniel Zelter for the news.

--LLin (talk) 15:02, 15 January 2015 (CST)

Horus, Prince of the Sun US DVD

The Ghibli Blog has a press release from Discotek Media with details on the anticipated December 23 release of Isao Takahata's first film as director. A classic of the genre, Miyazaki served as a key animator and his contributions to the film were so great that they had to create a new job title, "Scene Design," just for him.

Thanks to Daniel Thomas MacInnes for the news.

November News Roundup

Thanks to Tram Nguyen, Jordan Scott, Daniel Zelter for the news.

--LLin (talk) 22:16, 17 November 2014 (CST)

Assorted Ghibli in Australia

  • Madman Entertainment will present a showcase of six films by (and about) Studio Ghibli in the last quarter of 2014.
    The Tale Of Studio Ghibli Showcase will be presented from October 9 until December 10 at various State capitals around Australia.

-- Mrgazpacho (talk) 08:58, 7 October 2014 (CDT)

September News Roundup

Thanks to Daniel Zelter for the news.

--LLin (talk) 22:21, 18 September 2014 (CDT)

US Teaser for The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

Via @debaoki via @slashfilm

Thanks to Daniel Zelter for the news.

--LLin (talk) 22:29, 18 August 2014 (CDT)

Blu-ray News

Via WTK via The Fandom Post. November 18 sees the release of three films on BD in North America: The Wind Rises, Princess Mononoke, and Kiki's Delivery Service.

A Spirited Away BD is scheduled for release on August 26 in Hong Kong. It'll include English subtitles for importers.

Thanks to Daniel Zelter for the news.

--LLin (talk) 12:34, 15 August 2014 (CDT)

Studio Ghibli (Probably) Not Shutting Down

Kotaku and Entertainment Weekly breakdown the recent kerfuffle caused by comments by Toshio Suzuki on a TV program (Jounetsu Tairiku).

--LLin (talk) 20:32, 5 August 2014 (CDT)

Mid July News

Thanks to David Dettman, Heinz Freyhofer, and Daniel Zelter for the news.

--LLin (talk) 11:57, 16 July 2014 (CDT)

Early July News

Thanks to Daniel Zelter, Keith Cheah, and Robert Kauffmann for the news.

--LLin (talk) 22:56, 9 July 2014 (CDT)

First Footage of "Omoide no Marnie"

Video on YouTube. For the less demanding of motion here are stills from the film:

Thanks to Daniel Zelter and Sjur Sørli for the news.

--LLin (talk) 19:45, 30 June 2014 (CDT)

June (and May) News Bites

Thanks to Daniel Zelter and Cyril Allegre for the news

--LLin (talk) 18:50, 7 June 2014 (CDT)

April News

Thanks to Daniel Zelter, Don Hertzfeldt, and Jordan Scott for the news.

--LLin (talk) 19:32, 22 April 2014 (CDT)

March-ing Through the News

Thanks to Tram Nguyen and Daniel Zelter for the news.

--LLin (talk) 20:16, 12 March 2014 (CDT)

The Wind Rises Roundup

With the film nearing its North American release date news is arriving at a rapid clip:

Thanks to Daniel Zelter for the news.

--LLin (talk) 19:44, 21 February 2014 (CST)

News Roundup

Thanks to Thijs van den Ende, Tram Nguyen, and Daniel Zelter for the news.

--LLin (talk) 20:56, 12 February 2014 (CST)

Miyazaki Interview, Bobblehead, Wind Rises OST, Princess Mononoke Showing

Thanks to Daniel Zelter for the news.

--LLin (talk) 15:54, 29 January 2014 (CST)

Double Features in LA, Blu-ray Updates, Other Bits

Thanks to Daniel Zelter for the news.

--LLin (talk) 17:57, 21 January 2014 (CST)

The Wind Rises Received Oscar Nomination

After many months of speculation the nominees for Best Animated Feature were reveled this morning:

  • The Croods
  • Despicable Me 2
  • Ernest & Celestine
  • Frozen
  • The Wind Rises

The winner to be announced on March 2.

Thanks to Daniel Zelter for the news.

--LLin (talk) 14:19, 16 January 2014 (CST)

First 2014 News Bits

Thanks to Daniel Zelter for the news.

--LLin (talk) 20:17, 11 January 2014 (CST)

(Probably) Final 2013 News Bits

Thanks to Daniel Zelter for the news.

--LLin (talk) 14:16, 26 December 2013 (CST)

News In Brief

Thanks to Daniel Zelter for the news.

--LLin (talk) 22:28, 16 December 2013 (CST)

New Studio Ghibli Project

ANN on the studio's latest project, When Marnie was There (Omoide no Marnie).

Thanks to Heinz Freyhofer and Daniel Zelter for the news.

--LLin (talk) 08:48, 12 December 2013 (CST)

News Briefs

Thanks to Heinz Freyhofer and Daniel Zelter for the news.

--LLin (talk) 23:41, 17 November 2013 (CST)

The Wind Rises US Reviews Rolling In

Thanks to Susan Napier and Daniel Zelter for the news.

--LLin (talk) 14:17, 8 November 2013 (CST)

More News Bites

Thanks to John Blackburne and Daniel Zelter for the news.

--LLin (talk) 12:52, 7 November 2013 (CST)

News Bites

Thanks to Heinz Frethoffer and Daniel Zelter for the news.

--LLin (talk) 16:06, 23 October 2013 (CDT)

Even More Kaguya-hime no Monogatari Pics, Image Album

Thanks to Cyril and Daniel Zelter for the news.

--LLin (talk) 19:08, 1 October 2013 (CDT)

More Kaguya-hime no Monogatari Pics, Surprise: Most Japanese Have Seen a Miyazaki Film

Thanks to Daniel Zelter for the news.

--LLin (talk) 21:16, 23 September 2013 (CDT)

Kaguya-hime no Monogatari Pics, Next Ghibli Film Director, The Wind Rises at Sitges

Thanks to Daniel Zelter for the news.

--LLin (talk) 11:15, 19 September 2013 (CDT)

The Wind Rises Bilingual U.S. Theatrical Release

Thanks to Tram Nguyen and Daniel Zelter for the news.

--LLin (talk) 09:10, 12 September 2013 (CDT)

Coverage of Miyazaki Retirement Press Conference

--LLin (talk) 13:54, 6 September 2013 (CDT)

Miyazaki Retirement Press Conference, The Wind Rises in LA

Thanks to Daniel Zelter for the news.

--LLin (talk) 11:03, 5 September 2013 (CDT)

News Roundup

Thanks to Isaac Chambers, Braden Mckenna, Daniel Zelter, and Tram Nguyen for the news.

--LLin (talk) 11:47, 3 September 2013 (CDT)

Newly Discovered Species Named After Totoro

From ScienceBlogs:

A new species of velvet worm (Eoperipatus totoros) is the first to be described from Vietnam after its discovery in 2010. This 2.5 inch long worm is distinguished from other velvet worms by hairs with unique shapes that cover its body.

The worm's legs do resemble those from the Catbus.

Thanks to Viktor Eikman for posting the news to the MML.

--LLin (talk) 13:14, 29 August 2013 (CDT)

Disney to Release "The Wind Rises" in the US

After passing on From Up on Poppy Hill Disney is back in the theatrical game according to a Hollywood Reporter tweet (as reported by ANN).

Thanks to Daniel Zelter for the news.

--LLin (talk) 15:36, 27 August 2013 (CDT)

Nausicaa Sequel (Not) By Miyazaki, Laputa Resets Twitter Record

  • Dark Horizons reports on the increasing amounts of tweets each time Laputa is shown on Japanese TV.

Thanks to Daniel Zelter for the news.

--LLin (talk) 14:37, 22 August 2013 (CDT)

News Bits

Thanks to Tram Nguyen and Daniel Zelter for the news.

--LLin (talk) 12:05, 21 August 2013 (CDT)

The Wind Rises English Subbed Trailer, Sneak Peek of Kaguya-hime no Monogatari

Thanks to Daniel Zelter for the news.

--LLin (talk) 21:11, 15 August 2013 (CDT)

The Economist Covers Reactions to "The Wind Rises", English Books On the Way

An article titled "A celebrated director upsets some fans and angers conservatives" covers controversy sparked by the film in Japan:

In a country where politicians regularly rattle the ghosts of the past, this film has sparked debate. Mr Miyazaki recently published an article in which he said he was “disgusted” by government plans to upgrade Japan’s army and “taken aback” by the leadership’s ignorance of history. Though he did not mention him by name, the attack was clearly aimed at Shinzo Abe, Japan’s prime minister. Conservatives have responded by telling Mr Miyazaki to stay out of politics. Worse, some have called the film’s slow-moving style and lack of digital fireworks “boring”.


Amazon pre-order pages for the English translation of Miyazaki's Turning Point and The Art of Princess Mononoke are up. Both books are scheduled for release in 2014. A softcover edition of Starting Point is also scheduled for the same time.

Thanks to Tedne, Raz Greenberg, and Daniel Zelter for the news.

--LLin (talk) 17:43, 12 August 2013 (CDT)

Miyazaki Interview

The Asahi Shimbun has a lengthy excerpt on their website. A sampling:

Q: You are anti-war, and yet, you are deeply in love with the Zero, which was essentially a weapon of war. You see an inconsistency there, don't you?

A: I am a bundle of contradictions. The love of weaponry is often a manifestation of infantile traits in an adult. A university professor of public finance once gave a most eloquent lecture on how the war economy destroys the national economy. I was shocked by how much money I'd wasted on my collection of books and models of weapons, and I ended up trashing them all.

Yet, when I saw such books a few years later, I couldn't resist buying them again. But, by then, I realized that my own perception had changed completely. What happens when you go to war with a country that has far superior industrial and natural resources than you do? You get your answer immediately when you compare the numbers of fighter aircraft made by Japan with those by Britain and the United States during the war.

The Zero aircraft became involved in the war of attrition the latter half of World War II had become, and Japan rapidly lost its finest pilots. From then on, everything began to go south. Structurally, the Zero was not designed for mass production. Noting the Zero's extremely complex structure, a European scholar of the history of aviation actually wrote that he was truly amazed by the fact that the Japanese had built more than 10,000 of them.

Thanks to Daniel Zelter for the news.

--LLin (talk) 10:56, 4 August 2013 (CDT)

Kaze Tachinu TV Commercials

For your viewing pleasure:

Thanks to Heinz Freyhofer for the news.

--LLin (talk) 10:16, 27 July 2013 (CDT)

Kaze Tachinu at the Venice International Film Festival

The Ghibli International twitter account notes, "Honored and proud for #TheWindRises to compete at Venice!"

--LLin (talk) 01:22, 26 July 2013 (CDT)

Full Kaze Tachinu Trailer

The full theatrical trailer for Kaze Tachinu is now on YouTube.

On a related note ANN has an article about a music video for the film that shows some scenes from the Studio Ghibli Museum.

Thanks to Heinz Freyhofer and Tram Nguyen for the news.

--LLin (talk) 12:23, 19 July 2013 (CDT)

Grave of the Fireflies Australian BD

ANN reports that Madman will be releasing the film on DVD and BD "at some point in the near future".

Thanks to Tram Nguyen for the news.

--LLin (talk) 23:47, 16 July 2013 (CDT)

First Footage from Kaguya-hime no Monogatari

A 30-second direct stream from a variety show is available on YouTube.

Thanks to John Blackburne for posting the link to the MML

--LLin (talk) 23:21, 11 July 2013 (CDT)

Pom Poko BD

The slow but steady stream of BDs continues with Pom Poko scheduled for release in Japan on November 6 with a full array of subtitles and dub.

Thanks to Tram Nguyen for the news.

--LLin (talk) 00:12, 11 July 2013 (CDT)

Kaze Tachinu Teaser Online

While the full trailer is only available in theaters a short teaser is on YouTube.

Thanks to Sjur for posting the link to the MML

--LLin (talk) 14:42, 24 June 2013 (CDT)

Kaguya-hime no Monogatari Theme Song

The theme song for Kaguya-hime no Monogatari was announced in an Yomiuri article. Titled "Inochi no Kioku" (literally "Memory of Life") it is written and sung by Kazumi Nikaidou. The song is scheduled for release on July 24 on the Yamaha Music Communications label.

Thanks to Jordan Scott for the news.

--LLin (talk) 22:39, 3 June 2013 (CDT)

First Shots from Live-Action Kiki, Kaze Tachinu Voice Recording

0:08 Miyazaki: Ohayo gozaimasu (good morning)

0:26 Anno: I will do what I can do, but I can't do a further thing.

0:31 Miyazaki: If Anno is no use, Suzuki-san does it instead. (laughs)

0:52 Anno (as Jiro): Kaze yo tsubasa wo furuwasete anata no motoe todoki mase.
("Wind, please take this airplane (probably a paper airplane) to her.")

1:01 Anno: Should I say it a little more strongly?
Miyazaki: It is fine just the way you did.
Anno: Thank you.

1:19 Anno: When an audition was over, Miya-san said to me "do it!" with a smile of the whole face which I had not seen. So, I thought that I must do it.

1:40 Anno: When I took the audition, Miya-san said to me "there are few lines, because he is a taciturn man." I believed it and took the role. But, I was really surprised when I read its script. Jiro keeps on talking all the time and in addition he sings a song and speaks French and German. I was completely tricked!

Thanks to Daniel Zelter and T. Ishikawa for the news.

--LLin (talk) 18:31, 31 May 2013 (CDT)

From Up on Poppy Hill US Video Release

Crunchyroll reports that the DVD and BD of From Up on Poppy Hill are up on Amazon for $29.95 and $34.95. The theatrical release was handled by GKIDS while the home video release is from Cinedigm.

Thanks to Daniel Zelter for the news.

--LLin (talk) 19:05, 16 May 2013 (CDT)

Hideaki Anno to Voice Jiro Horikoshi in Kaze Tachinu

The director of Evangelion and key person behind the Ohmu vs. God Soldier battle scene in Nausicaa is lending his voice to Jiro Horikoshi, the inventor of the Zero Fighter, in Miyazaki's upcoming film Kaze Tachinu.

Thanks to Gwern Branwen and Ettore Trento for the news.

--LLin (talk) 13:51, 10 May 2013 (CDT)

Upcoming UK Cinema Releases, Studio Ghibli Museum Library Release

The UK Film Distributors' Association website lists Grave of the Fireflies and My Neighbor Totoro as showing for the 25th Anniversary of their original double bill, on May 24. Both are available to cinemas only as Digital Cinema Packages and will have an original-language version with English-language subtitles. It's possible that dubbed versions might be available as well, but it's not clear from the information so far. StudioCanal is distributing the films along with From Up on Poppy Hill which opens in the UK on August 2.

In Studio Ghibli Museum Library news their next theatrical release was announced at the end of April to be Arrugas, directed by Ignacio Ferreras, to be released in Japanese cinemas as Shiwa (しわ) on June 22. US distributor GKIDS has a release of it planned for sometime in 2013. year.

Thanks to Jordan Scott for the news.

--LLin (talk) 21:17, 6 May 2013 (CDT)

Live-Action Version of Kiki's Delivery Service Possibly in the Works

A tweet linking to an article on mentions that a live-action version is in the works. Further articles in Japanese:

No news yet on Eiko Kadono's homepage (author of the original book).

Thanks to Daniel Zelter for the news.

--LLin (talk) 10:34, 25 April 2013 (CDT)

Lupin on Hulu, "Porco Rosso" BD Scheduled

  • US and proxy users can watch the Miyazaki-directed episodes of the second Lupin TV series (Albatross: Wings of Death and Aloha Lupin) on Hulu.
  • ANN notes that the Japanese BD of Porco Rosso is scheduled for a July 17 release.

Thanks to Thanks to @aicnanime, @wtk, and Daniel Zelter for the news.

--LLin (talk) 10:56, 13 April 2013 (CDT)

Poppy Hill US Release Schedule

ANN has a list of dates and cities for From Up on Poppy Hill. It's an art house style release and the film is rolling across the nation instead of opening everywhere at the same time. The film expands starting March 29.

--LLin (talk) 12:23, 29 March 2013 (CDT)

Death of Toren Smith

The founder of Studio Proteus and personally-selected English co-translator of the first volumes of the Nausicaa manga passed away yesterday just short of his 53rd birthday. The New MIYAZAKI Generation, Spreading Even into English Speaking Countries is an article Smith wrote explaining his history with manga and how Miyazaki ended up tapping Studio Proteus for the translation. Jonathan Clements has posted an obituary at the Manga UK site.

Thanks to Raz Greenberg and Joe Curzon for the news.

--LLin (talk) 11:33, 23 March 2013 (CDT)

"Kaze Tachinu" Release Date is July 20

Toshio Suzuki reveals on a poster, "Between ourselves, the release date is July 20."

Usually at this distance before the release date Studio Ghibli's advertising team will visit theaters and ask for cooperation with the "Toho Advertising Caravan". This is the Arrietty Toho Advertising Caravan report by Ghibli complete with signed Toshio Suzuki poster.

Thanks to T. Ishikawa for the news.

--LLin 22:36, 11 February 2013 (UTC)

From Up on Poppy Hill US Premiere

Goro Miyazaki's sophomore effort is part of the 2013 New York International Children's Film Festival and is showing on March 13 and 14 in dubbed form. Part of the festival blurb:

More than any Studio Ghibli film, From Up on Poppy Hill embodies a specific time and place and captures the emotional landscape of its setting. This sense of yearning and possibility is palpable (the upbeat mood is captured perfectly by the period pop music), evoking both a wide-eyed hope for the future, and a longing nostalgia for a past that can never be recovered.

Thanks to jb for posting the news to the MML.

--LLin 22:49, 7 February 2013 (UTC)

Kaguya-hime Delayed

(ANN via Eiga) The official website announced a delay until the fall for the Isao Takahata film due to unfinished storyboards. A simultaneous release with Miyazaki's "Kaze Tachinu" had been in the works.

--LLin 12:49, 5 February 2013 (UTC)