The Magical Worlds of Miyazaki

Posted by Jim on Jun 9th, 2017
Jun 9

For an overview of SAIL, see this post.

For my next SAIL session, I want to show films directed Hayao Miyazaki. Miyazaki is a widely celebrated Japanese animator and founder of Studio Ghibli. Not only is he one of the greatest animators of all time, he is possibly the worlds greatest living filmmaker.

Half Day
Spirited Away (2001, 125 minutes)
Evening Screening
Howl’s Moving Castle (2004, 119 minutes)

Day One
Porco Rosso (1992, 94 minutes)
Princess Mononoke (1997, 134 minutes)
NausicaƤ of the Valley of the Wind (1984, 117 minutes)
Evening Screening
Castle in the Sky (1986, 126 minutes)

Day Two
The Wind Rises (2013, 126 minutes)
Ponyo (2008, 103 minutes)
My Neighbor Totoro (1988, 86 minutes)
Evening Screening
Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989, 102 minutes)

This schedule allows us to screen all of the films Miyazaki directed except his first film, 1979’s The Castle of Cagliostro. It also allows for the three films I think of as his ‘children’s films’ (Ponyo, Totoro and Kiki) to be screened on the same day.

There is talk of SAIL expanded to three full days, which I hope happens. If that is the case, I could alter the schedule to show all 11 of Miyazaki’s movies. The Wind Rises would move to the morning of the half day. Kiki’s Delivery Service would be screened first on Day Two, where The Wind Rises originally was. The Castle of Caglistro would be shown on the evening of the first day, with the other two evening screenings being moved forward one day. I think it would be wonderful to show all of Miyazaki’s movies, but even if I am only able to share 10 out of 11, it will still be a great series!