Porco Rosso (Kurenai no Buta)

Porco Rosso (Kurenai no Buta) Japan (1992) Dir. Hayao Miyazaki Nope. I’m not going to do it. Yes, this film does involve a pilot who happens to be of the porcine persuasion, but making the obvious joke about it in reference to an old adynaton is far too easy. So it’s not happening, not even … Continue reading Porco Rosso (Kurenai no Buta)

The Red Turtle (La tortue rouge)

The Red Turtle (La tortue rouge) France/Japan (2016) Dir. Michael Dudok de Wit Q: When is a Studio Ghibli film not a Studio Ghibli film? A: When it’s a co-production with a UK based Dutch director and French distributor Wild Bunch. This whimsical animated tale may have a touch of the Ghibli’s about it in … Continue reading The Red Turtle (La tortue rouge)

When Marnie Was There (Omoide no Mânî)

When Marnie Was There (Omoide no Mânî) Japan (2014) Dir. Hiromasa Yonebayashi They say all good things come to an end and if the reports are true, this film could possibly mark the end for celebrated Japanese animation giants Studio Ghibli. The official word was they are on “hiatus” in the wake of the retirement … Continue reading When Marnie Was There (Omoide no Mânî)

MIB’s Top Ten Anime of 2015 (UK)

2015 has been an interesting and eventful year for anime fans in the UK and not just because a slew of titles have arrived on our shelves much sooner after their Japanese TV debuts but ANOTHER new anime distribution label joined established heavy hitters Manga, MVM and Anime Ltd/All The Anime to help spread the … Continue reading MIB’s Top Ten Anime of 2015 (UK)

The Tale Of The Princess Kaguya

  The Tale Of The Princess Kaguya (Cert U) 2 Discs DVD/BD combo (Distributor: Studio Canal) Running Time: 137 minutes approx. Studio Ghibli, the most recognised and revered name in Japanese animation, has long been the standard bearer of anime both domestically and internationally, earning itself the reputation of being the most consistent and dependable … Continue reading The Tale Of The Princess Kaguya

The Wind Rises

  The Wind Rises (Cert PG) 2 Discs DVD/BD Combo (Distributor: Studio Canal) Running time: 127 minutes You may not realise it but anime legend Hayao Miyazaki has something in common with equally legendary rock group The Who – both have been claiming to retire for many years now but never do. However unlike The … Continue reading The Wind Rises