Skip to main content


Japan (MIFF 2005, Animation Gallery)

"Nowhere is the level of sophistication of Japanese animation more apparent than in the work of Studio Ghibli ([Princess Mononoke], [Spirited Away], [The Cat Returns]). It also happens to produce the most artistically advanced examples of cel animation in the world" - writer, filmmaker, MIFF curator and anime scholar, Philip Brophy Named after a WWI Italian scout plane (from an Arabic word for the hot wind that blows across the desert in North Africa), Studio Ghibli was formed in the mid-1980s by Hayao Miyazaki, Isao Takahata and Toshio Suzuki. To settle all those anime bar bets, the studio name is pronounced 'Jee-blee'. This lovingly assembled documentary is a glorious homage to 21 years of exceptional animated features, a dozen films that stand as landmarks for the art in both the old and new centuries. The documentary scrupulously covers the Ghibli history from the founders' formative years right up to their latest production, [Howl's Moving Castle]. For fans it boasts abundant clips, unseen drawings and storyboards, probing interviews with Miyazaki, Takahata and their admirers, as well as insightful analysis of their amazing body of work.
D Yves Montmayeur P Studio Ghibli WS ARTE France L French, Japanese w/English subtitles TD video/col/2005/52mins Yves Montmayeur's films include [Absolute Cinema: Juliette Binoche] (2000), [Hong Kong Stories] (2003)

See also...


Breathtaking in their beauty, the free-spirited and surreal animation work of Koji Yamamura has garnered much acclaim throughout the world, including a number of retrospective screenings and a ... More »


Tokyo Express 06 is a programme curated exclusively for MIFF, once again, by anime fiends Madman Entertainment. This offers a rare chance to preview four key episodes of upcoming series on the big ... More »


Those familiar with the universe of Bubblegum Crisis:Tokyo 2040 will immediately recognise the hi-tech dystopia of Parasite Dolls, a film sure to terrify and outrage with its depiction of rogue ... More »


Shades of 60s New Wave experimentalism invade the anime genre in this stylish, surreal story of love, yakuza gangsters and life inside the belly of a whale. Nishi, a struggling comic writer, meets up ... More »

Howl's moving castle

[Howl's Moving Castle] is the latest gem from animation genius Hayao Miyazaki of Studio Ghibli fame ([Spirited Away]). He set out to make an animation for old people, but the result is a brilliant ... More »


A retro-future mash-up of stirring dogfights and austere melodrama. ... Renowned director Mamoru Oshii fuses grand painterly anime with enthralling 3D animation to create a film of jaw-dropping ... More »

Select a festival
Search The Film Archive
Browse By Director