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  • Japan Box Office Report – 11/23~11/24

    November 26, 2013 @ 6:19 pm

    Check out the box office charts and trailers of all the new Japanese films of the past weekend below! Japan Box Office Chart – November 23/24 01 (00) Kaguya-hime no Monogatari (Weeks: 01) 02 (01) Kiyosu Kaigi (Weeks: 03) 03 (02) SPEC ~Close~ Zen no Hen (Weeks: 04) 04 (04) Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica 3 (Weeks: 05) 05 (03) The Counselor (Weeks: 02) 06 (05) DokiDoki! Precure: Mana Kekkon!!? (Weeks: 05) 07 (00) PERSONA3 THE

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  • Studio Ghibli postpones the release of "Kaguya-hime no Monogatari"

    February 5, 2013 @ 7:34 am

    The release of Studio Ghibli's upcoming movie "Kaguya-hime  no Monogatari", directed by Takahata Isao, has been postponed to this fall. It was originally set to release this summer simultaneously with Miyazaki Hayao's new movie "Kaze Tachinu".  It would have been the first time for Studio Ghibli to release two movies on the same day separately, though they have released “Tonari no Totoro“ (“My Neighbor Totoro”)  and “Hotaru no Haka“(“Grav

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  • Studio Ghibli to release two movies simultaneously in 2013

    December 14, 2012 @ 12:32 pm

    On December 13th, Studio Ghibli announced that they would release two movies "Kaze Tachinu", which is directed by Miyazaki Hayao, and "Kaguya-hime no Monogatari", directed by Takahata Isao, simultaneously. It's been the first time in 25 years that director Miyazaki and director Takahata's works have been released at the same time since "Tonari no Totoro" ("My Neighbor Totoro")  and "Hotaru no Haka" ("Grave of the Fireflies") were released

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  • Studio Ghibli's "Princess Mononoke" to get stage play adaptation in London

    July 22, 2012 @ 8:06 am

    It was announced that anime film "Princess Mononoke", which Studio Ghibli released in 1997, will be getting a stage play adaptation in London. "Princess Mononoke" was written and directed by Miyazaki Hayao, and it was the first animation film to receive the Best Picture of the Japan Academy Awards. This adaptation is the collaboration between Studio Ghibli and theater company, Whole Hog Theatre.  Reportedly, the plan was already made a coup

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  • GKIDS to screen 15 works of Studio Ghibli in North America

    November 20, 2011 @ 6:19 pm

    It's been announced that Studio Ghibli's famous works will be presented in North America! This event will be held by GKIDS, a distributor of animation in North America, at the IFC Center in New York. At this special screening, fifteen works of Studio Ghibli from 1984 to 2008 are scheduled to be shown. Among the fifteen are "Nausicaa Valley of the Wind", "Castle in the Sky", and "Spirited Away". This special screening will be held from Dec

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  • "Karigurashi no Arrietty" receives 'Animation of the Year'

    October 15, 2011 @ 9:03 pm

    Studio Ghibli's animated film, "Karigurashi no Arrietty", has been chosen as 'Animation of the Year' at the "10th Tokyo Anime Awards" in Tokyo. "Karigurashi no Arrietty" is a story that portrays the relationship between a 'tiny girl' named Arrietty and a human boy. Director Yonebayashi Hiromasa commented, "I think there's something that could be understood by people in this generation who have experienced the Tohoku Earthquake." Mean

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  • Japan Box Office Report – August 20th/21st

    August 23, 2011 @ 8:04 pm

    [caption id="attachment_184575" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption=""Kung Fu Panda 2" / "Harry Potter 8" / "Transformers 3""][/caption] Nothing can stand in the way of the final move in the "Harry Potter" series and once again it claimed first place for the second week in a row (fifth time overall). It added another billion Yen to its revenue, adding the total up to 8 billion Yen (104 million USD). A new m

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  • Studio Ghibli's "Kokuriko-zaka Kara" to be shown at the Toronto International Film Festival

    August 19, 2011 @ 1:37 pm

    Exciting news for Japanese film fans in Toronto! It's been revealed that Studio Ghibli's animated film, "Kokuriko-zaka Kara", will be shown at the 36th Toronto International Film Festival this September as part of the 'Contemporary World Cinema' category. The Toronto International Film Festival is one of the most notable film festivals in the world. Although it is non-competitive, it carries 'The People's Choice Award' for the best film, a

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  • Japan Box Office Report – August 13th/14th

    August 16, 2011 @ 5:13 pm

    [caption id="attachment_182673" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption=""Transformers 3" / "Harry Potter 8" / "Cars 2""][/caption] As usual, the success of the two 'tokusatsu' movies "Kamen Rider OOO" and "Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger" didn't last longer than one weekend, at least not as long as the big-budget blockbusters from overseas. Therefore, the eighth and final "Harry Potter" movie easily reclaimed its firs

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  • "My Neighbor Totoro" DVD manages to stay on Oricon rankings for 500 weeks!

    July 27, 2011 @ 11:17 am

    The DVD for Studio Ghibli’s masterpiece, “Tonari no Totoro (My Neighbor Totoro)” has managed to stay on the Oricon DVD Ranking chart for 500 weeks! This DVD was released back on September 28th, 2001, and has stayed on the rankings for exactly nine years and ten months as of August 1st.This is the first DVD that's managed to rank for 500 weeks ever since Oricon began its DVD chart in April of 1999. "Tonari no Totoro" has sold over 1,08

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