Tag: Studio Ghibli

REVIEW: When Marnie Was There (2014)

Based on a novel by English author Joan G. Robinson, When Marnie Was There was Studio Ghibli’s last movie until Earwig and the Witch. The film was directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi, who also directed The Secret World of Arrietty for the studio. This is the rare Studio Ghibli movie I’ve never seen...

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REVIEW: The Tale of The Princess Kaguya (2013)

Studio Ghibli released a second movie in 2013, this time directed by Hayao Miyazaki’s longtime associate and the studio’s co-founder, Isao Takahata. The Tale of The Princess Kaguya is based on “The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter,” an ancient Japanese fairy tale about a girl found in a bamboo stal...

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REVIEW: The Wind Rises (2013)

The Wind Rises is in the later batch of Studio Ghibli movies I never saw for one reason or another. I was always curious about this one because it’s actually based on a true story, that being the life of Jiro Horikoshi, engineer of the Mitsubishi A6M “Zero” fighter. The Wind Rises ...

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REVIEW: From Up On Poppy Hill (2011)

From Up On Poppy Hill was Gorō Miyazaki’s second attempt at directing a film for the studio his father co-founded. I’ve seen them all out of order, first watching Earwig and the Witch when it was released on HBO Max. I wasn’t impressed with that film and was left perplexed by the ...

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REVIEW: The Secret World of Arrietty (2010)

Based on The Borrowers by Mary Norton, The Secret World of Arrietty follows a family of tiny people as they try to survive an increasingly hostile world. The film was released in 2010 and was the directorial debut of Hiromasa Yonebayashi, who would go on to direct When Marnie Was There, also for Stu...

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REVIEW: Ponyo (2008)

For one reason or another, the Studio Ghibli movies from 2008 onwards tend to be ones I never saw (The Wind Rises, From Up on Poppy Hill) or that I saw once and didn’t like at all. The latter category pertains to Ponyo (2008), Hayao Miyazaki’s loose adaptation of The Little Mermaid by Hans Chris...

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