Studio Ghibli - The Films of Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata
Blurb: The animations of Japan’s Studio Ghibli are amongst the highest regarded in the movie industry. Their delightful films rank alongside the most popular non-English language films ever made, with each new eagerly-anticipated release a guaranteed box-office smash. Yet this highly profitable studio has remained fiercely independent, producing a stream of imaginative and individual animations. The studio’s founders, long-time animators Isao Takahata and Hayao Miyazaki, have created timeless masterpieces. Although their films are distinctly Japanese their themes are universal: humanity, community and a love for the environment.
No other film studio, animation or otherwise, comes close to matching Ghibli for pure cinematic experience. This Kamera Book examines all their major works, as well the early output of Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata, exploring the cultural and thematic threads that bind these films together.
Colin Odell and Michelle Le Blanc are freelance authors and film critics. They have co-authored books about John Carpenter, Tim Burton, Horror Films, Jackie Chan and Vampire Films and contributed to Wallflower Press’s Alter Image and The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and Fantasy. They are regular writers for Kamera.co.uk and Vector.
An interview with the Authors for Imagine Magazine can be found here: http://www.kamerabooks.co.uk/articles/studio_ghibli.php
a competent portrait of a great studio - Andrew Osmond, SFX Magazine
one of the most authoritative texts available. Whether you're a newcomer or a longtime fan, Studio Ghibli is well worth a read - Ashley Day, SciFi Now
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