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March 8, 2013 | By Rebecca Keegan, Los Angeles Times
On his first trip to Los Angeles in February, Japanese director Goro Miyazaki found a native custom perplexing. "I've never been to any other place in the world where you see so few pedestrians," Miyazaki said, speaking through a translator in a rare interview at his Beverly Hills hotel. "Normally I go for a walk every morning, but I was told that if I'm just walking around, people will see me as somebody strange. " Miyazaki is accustomed to moving to a different tempo. He's the son of Hayao Miyazaki, the so-called Walt Disney of Japan, whose fantastical, hand-drawn animated films such as "Spirited Away," "Howl's Moving Castle," "Ponyo" and "Princess Mononoke" have made him his country's most successful filmmaker and a defiantly old-school hero in a global boom era for computer animation.
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November 7, 2013 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
To see "The Wind Rises" is to simultaneously marvel at the work of a master and regret that this film is likely his last. Japan's Hayao Miyazaki, perhaps the world's preeminent animator, beloved for "My Neighbor Totoro" and an Oscar winner for "Spirited Away," has announced his retirement. If he holds to that, it's fitting that this final film, inspired by but not limited to the life of brilliant aircraft designer Jiro Horikoshi, is quintessentially his: stunningly beautiful and completely idiosyncratic.
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September 1, 2013 | By Jessica Gelt
Hayao Miyazaki, one of the world's most admired animators, is retiring. His latest project, "The Wind Rises," which has been playing in Japanese theaters since late July, will be his last feature film. The announcement, which saddened many in the animation community, was made at a news conference at the Venice Film Festival on Sunday by Koju Hoshino, president of Miyazaki's production company, Studio Ghibli. Hoshino declined to take questions, saying only that more details would be given next week at another news conference in Tokyo.
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September 11, 2013 | By Rebecca Keegan
"The Wind Rises," the movie that Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki has said will be his last, will get an Oscar-qualifying run in November, the Walt Disney Studios and Studio Ghibli announced Wednesday at the Toronto International Film Festival. "The Wind Rises" ("Kaze Tachinu") will open for a week in New York and Los Angeles Nov. 8-14, with a limited U.S. release to follow in 2014 on Feb. 21 and expanded release Feb. 28 under Disney's Touchstone Pictures banner. Miyazaki's first directorial effort in five years, "The Wind Rises" chronicles the real-life story of Japanese aircraft designer Jiro Horikoshi, following him through his country's massive 1923 earthquake, tuberculosis epidemic and descent into World War II. PHOTOS: Fall movie sneaks 2013 The movie, which Disney is releasing under its Touchstone Pictures banner, enters an animated feature Oscar race with no strong front-runner.
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August 19, 2010 | Yuriko Nagano
Aya Yokura spends her days hunched over white sheets of paper, drawing intricately costumed characters whose creation can be painstaking and time-consuming. For the last two years, she has spent up to 100 hours a week at her workstation — a low-paying, labor-intensive job that helps bring Japan's famous style of animated cartoons to life. Although the 26-year-old earns only about $10,000 a year and lives with her mom to make ends meet, she and a few thousand Japanese artists like her fill a crucial role in the technical process of creating this visual entertainment form, known as anime.
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September 11, 2013 | By Rebecca Keegan
"The Wind Rises," the movie that Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki has said will be his last, will get an Oscar-qualifying run in November, the Walt Disney Studios and Studio Ghibli announced Wednesday at the Toronto International Film Festival. "The Wind Rises" ("Kaze Tachinu") will open for a week in New York and Los Angeles Nov. 8-14, with a limited U.S. release to follow in 2014 on Feb. 21 and expanded release Feb. 28 under Disney's Touchstone Pictures banner. Miyazaki's first directorial effort in five years, "The Wind Rises" chronicles the real-life story of Japanese aircraft designer Jiro Horikoshi, following him through his country's massive 1923 earthquake, tuberculosis epidemic and descent into World War II. PHOTOS: Fall movie sneaks 2013 The movie, which Disney is releasing under its Touchstone Pictures banner, enters an animated feature Oscar race with no strong front-runner.
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November 7, 2013 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
To see "The Wind Rises" is to simultaneously marvel at the work of a master and regret that this film is likely his last. Japan's Hayao Miyazaki, perhaps the world's preeminent animator, beloved for "My Neighbor Totoro" and an Oscar winner for "Spirited Away," has announced his retirement. If he holds to that, it's fitting that this final film, inspired by but not limited to the life of brilliant aircraft designer Jiro Horikoshi, is quintessentially his: stunningly beautiful and completely idiosyncratic.
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December 13, 2012 | By Oliver Gettell, Special to The Times
Think of Japanese movies, and two things readily come to mind: samurai and anime. But organizers of the L.A. EigaFest - a showcase of contemporary cinema from the Land of the Rising Sun - aim to show Angelenos that the nation's filmmakers are up to much more than that. The festival, now in its second year, runs Friday through Sunday at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood and features films on such topics as an unraveling supermodel, a time-traveling Roman architect and a single mother raising two werewolf children.
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March 21, 2013 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
"From Up on Poppy Hill" is frankly stunning, as beautiful a hand-drawn animated feature as you are likely to see. It's a time-machine dream of a not-so-distant past, a sweet and honestly sentimental story that also represents a collaboration between the greatest of Japanese animators and his up-and-coming son. "Poppy Hill" is directed by Goro Miyazaki, whose father, the Oscar-winning Hayao Miyazaki ("Spirited Away," "My Neighbor Totoro"), wrote the screenplay based on a graphic novel.
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February 17, 2012 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
"Wonder" is the watchword in "The Secret World of Arrietty. " Set in an enchanting locale where the potential for magic is everywhere, this impeccable animated film puts its complete trust in the spirit of make-believe. Beautiful, gentle and pure — but not without elements of genuine menace — it will make believers out of adults and children alike. Based on Mary Norton's celebrated 1952 novel "The Borrowers," "The Secret World of Arrietty" has been on the mind of Japan's Hayao Miyazaki, the great animator of the modern age, for more than 40 years.
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September 1, 2013 | By Jessica Gelt
Hayao Miyazaki, one of the world's most admired animators, is retiring. His latest project, "The Wind Rises," which has been playing in Japanese theaters since late July, will be his last feature film. The announcement, which saddened many in the animation community, was made at a news conference at the Venice Film Festival on Sunday by Koju Hoshino, president of Miyazaki's production company, Studio Ghibli. Hoshino declined to take questions, saying only that more details would be given next week at another news conference in Tokyo.
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March 21, 2013 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
"From Up on Poppy Hill" is frankly stunning, as beautiful a hand-drawn animated feature as you are likely to see. It's a time-machine dream of a not-so-distant past, a sweet and honestly sentimental story that also represents a collaboration between the greatest of Japanese animators and his up-and-coming son. "Poppy Hill" is directed by Goro Miyazaki, whose father, the Oscar-winning Hayao Miyazaki ("Spirited Away," "My Neighbor Totoro"), wrote the screenplay based on a graphic novel.
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March 8, 2013 | By Rebecca Keegan, Los Angeles Times
On his first trip to Los Angeles in February, Japanese director Goro Miyazaki found a native custom perplexing. "I've never been to any other place in the world where you see so few pedestrians," Miyazaki said, speaking through a translator in a rare interview at his Beverly Hills hotel. "Normally I go for a walk every morning, but I was told that if I'm just walking around, people will see me as somebody strange. " Miyazaki is accustomed to moving to a different tempo. He's the son of Hayao Miyazaki, the so-called Walt Disney of Japan, whose fantastical, hand-drawn animated films such as "Spirited Away," "Howl's Moving Castle," "Ponyo" and "Princess Mononoke" have made him his country's most successful filmmaker and a defiantly old-school hero in a global boom era for computer animation.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 13, 2012 | By Oliver Gettell, Special to The Times
Think of Japanese movies, and two things readily come to mind: samurai and anime. But organizers of the L.A. EigaFest - a showcase of contemporary cinema from the Land of the Rising Sun - aim to show Angelenos that the nation's filmmakers are up to much more than that. The festival, now in its second year, runs Friday through Sunday at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood and features films on such topics as an unraveling supermodel, a time-traveling Roman architect and a single mother raising two werewolf children.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 17, 2012 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
"Wonder" is the watchword in "The Secret World of Arrietty. " Set in an enchanting locale where the potential for magic is everywhere, this impeccable animated film puts its complete trust in the spirit of make-believe. Beautiful, gentle and pure — but not without elements of genuine menace — it will make believers out of adults and children alike. Based on Mary Norton's celebrated 1952 novel "The Borrowers," "The Secret World of Arrietty" has been on the mind of Japan's Hayao Miyazaki, the great animator of the modern age, for more than 40 years.
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February 12, 2012 | By Jerry Griswold, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Kids — tykes, urchins, tots, moppets, bambinos, waifs, ragamuffins, cherubs and small fry — are fascinated by smallness. Consider their films: "Antz," "A Bug's Life," "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids," "Toy Story," "The Rescuers," "The Secret of NIMH," "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs," "Stuart Little" and countless others. Indeed, a nod to the diminutive seems nearly obligatory if titles of children's stories are any measure: "Little Red Riding Hood," "Little Women," "Little House on the Prairie," "The Little Prince," "The Little Engine That Could," and so on. Now comes "The Secret World of Arrietty," a tale of the tiny.
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February 12, 2012 | By Jerry Griswold, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Kids — tykes, urchins, tots, moppets, bambinos, waifs, ragamuffins, cherubs and small fry — are fascinated by smallness. Consider their films: "Antz," "A Bug's Life," "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids," "Toy Story," "The Rescuers," "The Secret of NIMH," "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs," "Stuart Little" and countless others. Indeed, a nod to the diminutive seems nearly obligatory if titles of children's stories are any measure: "Little Red Riding Hood," "Little Women," "Little House on the Prairie," "The Little Prince," "The Little Engine That Could," and so on. Now comes "The Secret World of Arrietty," a tale of the tiny.
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September 26, 1999 | CHARLES SOLOMON, Charles Solomon regularly writes about animation for The Times
Created in 1985 by directors Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata and Tokuma Shoten Publishing Ltd., Studio Ghibli has become a major force, not only in Japanese animation and popular culture, but also in world animation. "Studio Ghibli: The Magic of Miyazaki, Takahata and Kondo," a retrospective of the studio's animated features that begins Thursday at the UCLA Film and Television Archive, confirms the excellence and importance of the work of this exceptional group of artists.
BUSINESS
August 19, 2010 | Yuriko Nagano
Aya Yokura spends her days hunched over white sheets of paper, drawing intricately costumed characters whose creation can be painstaking and time-consuming. For the last two years, she has spent up to 100 hours a week at her workstation — a low-paying, labor-intensive job that helps bring Japan's famous style of animated cartoons to life. Although the 26-year-old earns only about $10,000 a year and lives with her mom to make ends meet, she and a few thousand Japanese artists like her fill a crucial role in the technical process of creating this visual entertainment form, known as anime.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 26, 1999 | CHARLES SOLOMON, Charles Solomon regularly writes about animation for The Times
Created in 1985 by directors Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata and Tokuma Shoten Publishing Ltd., Studio Ghibli has become a major force, not only in Japanese animation and popular culture, but also in world animation. "Studio Ghibli: The Magic of Miyazaki, Takahata and Kondo," a retrospective of the studio's animated features that begins Thursday at the UCLA Film and Television Archive, confirms the excellence and importance of the work of this exceptional group of artists.
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