|Ghibli: The Miyazaki Temple looks at the growth of Japanese animated cinema through the world of director Miyazaki and his Ghibli studio.
Hayao Miyazaki is one of Japan's greatest animation directors. The entertaining plots, compelling characters and breathtaking animation in his films have earned him international renown from critics as well as both national and international recognition.
Named after a WWI Italian scout plane (from an Arabic word for the hot wind that blows across the desert in North Africa), Studio Ghibli (pronounced "Jee-blee") was formed in the mid-1980s by Hayo Miyazaki, Isao Takahata and Toshio Suzuki.
The documentary presents Japanese animated cinema through a journey into the universe of director Hayao Miyazaki and his Ghibli studio. Through interviews with fellow Ghibli filmmaker Isao Takahata, Ghibli President Toshio Suzuki and French comic artist Jean 'Moebius' Giraud, we get to know the man who delivered some of the most inspiring visuals and incomparable landscapes and characters ever seen in animation.
Including clips from Miyazaki's latest Howl's Moving Castle, Spirited Away and The Grave of the Fireflies, the documentary shows what has influenced Japanese animation over the years and what differentiates it from Western animation. The documentary ends with an interview between the elusive Hayao Miyazaki and French comic artist Moebius - who introduced Miyazaki's films to Europe. Both artists held a joint exhibition of their works in Paris in March-April 2005. (From France, in Japanese and French, with English subtitles) (2004)