Granted near-unfettered access to the notoriously insular Studio Ghibli, director Mami Sunada follows the three men who are the lifeblood of Ghibli – the eminent director Hayao Miyazaki, the producer Toshio Suzuki, and the elusive and influential “other director” Isao Takahata – over the course of a year as the studio rushes to complete two films, Miyazaki’s The Wind Rises and Takahata’s The Tale of The Princess Kaguya. The result is a rare “fly on the wall” glimpse of the inner workings of one of the world’s most celebrated animation studios – creators of successful films including Princess Mononoke and the Oscar® winning Spirited Away, the highest-grossing Japanese film of all time – and an insight into the dreams, passion and singular dedication of these remarkable creators.
It was a treat, something to step inside and see a whole other world and the inspiration for so many characters and creatures.
Jeremy [Howlin' Wolf]
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