GKIDS to Host Complete Studio Ghibli Film Retrospective at IFC Center

US Theatrical Premieres of "Only Yesterday" and "The Ocean Waves" Included

Animation distributor GKIDS announced that they will be bringing a complete retrospective of films from Japan’s renowned Studio Ghibli to the IFC Center in New York from Friday, December 16 to Thursday, January 12. The run will include US premiere theatrical engagements for several titles, such as studio co-founder Isao Takahata's Only Yesterday and Tomomi Mochizuki's The Ocean Waves.


All fifteen Studio Ghibli feature films produced between 1984 and 2008 will be presented, including Hayao Miyazaki’s Academy Award winning Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, My Neighbor Totoro, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, Castle in the Sky, Ponyo, Howl’s Moving Castle, and Kiki’s Delivery Service.  Films will be shown in both the subtitled and English dubbed versions. 


GKIDS recently entered into an agreement with Studio Ghibli to handle North American theatrical distribution for their library of animated features. As the first engagements announced under the agreement, New York Film Festival presented a 25-year anniversary screening of Castle in the Sky and 10-year anniversary screening of Spirited Away. LA County Museum of Art and Film Independent will be presenting these same anniversary titles in a special preview screening on November 26.


Following the IFC Center engagement, the retrospective will tour to major US and Canadian markets, including Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington DC, Toronto, Boston, San Francisco, Seattle, and other cities, throughout the first half of 2012. GKIDS is also planning limited releases of select Studio Ghibli titles, many of which have never been released theatrically in the US, beginning late 2012.



Title   Director (Producer)   Versions Year RT
Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind   Hayao Miyazaki (Isao Takahata)   Subtitled and dubbed (Uma Thurman, Shia LeBouf, Edward James Olmos, Mark Hamill) 1984 116 min
Castle in the Sky   Hayao Miyazaki (Isao Takahata)   Subtitled only 1986 126 min
My Neighbor Totoro   Hayao Miyazaki (Toru Hara)   Subtitled and dubbed (Dakota Fanning, Elle Fanning, Tim Daly, Frank Welker) 1988 86 min
Kiki’s Delivery Service   Hayao Miyazaki (Hayao Miyazaki)   Subtitled and dubbed (Kirsten Dunst, Phil Hartman, Janeane Garofalo, Debbie Reynolds) 1989 102 min
Only Yesterday   Isao Takahata (Toshio Suzuki)   Subtitled only 1991 118 min
The Ocean Waves   Tomomi Mochizuki (Nozomu Takahashi)   Subtitled only, digital only 1993 72 min
Porco Rosso   Hayao Miyazaki (Toshio Suzuki)   Subtitled and dubbed (Michael Keaton, Cary Elwes, Brad Garrett, David Ogden Stiers) 1992 94 min
Pom Poko   Isao Takahata (Toshio Suzuki)   Subtitled and dubbed (J.K. Simmons, Brian Posehn, Tress MacNeille, John DiMaggio) 1994 119 min
Whisper of the Heart   Yoshifumi Kondo (Toshio Suzuki)   Subtitled and dubbed (Ashley Tisdale, Cary Elwes, Harold Gould, Brittany Snow) 1995 111 min
Princess Mononoke   Hayao Miyazaki (Toshio Suzuki)   Subtitled and dubbed (Billy Crudup, Claire Danes, Gillian Anderson, Minnie Driver, Billy Bob Thornton, Jada Pinkett Smith, John DiMaggio) 1997 134 min
My Neighbors the Yamadas   Isao Takahata (Toshio Suzuki)   Subtitled and dubbed (James Belushi, Molly Shannon, Tress MacNeille) 1999 111 min
Spirited Away   Hayao Miyazaki (Toshio Suzuki)   Subtitled and dubbed (Daveigh Chase, Jason Marsden, Michael Chiklis, Susan Egan) 2001 125 min
The Cat Returns   Hiroyuki Morita (Toshio Suzuki)   Subtitled and dubbed (Anne Hathaway, Cary Elwes, Peter Boyle, Elliott Gould, Tim Curry, Andy Richter, Kristen Bell, Avril Lavigne) 2002 75 min
Howl’s Moving Castle   Hayao Miyazaki (Toshio Suzuki)   Dubbed (Christian Bale, Lauren Bacall, Billy Crystal) 2004 119 min
Ponyo   Hiroyuki Morita (Toshio Suzuki)   Dubbed (Cate Blanchett, Matt Damon, Liam Neeson, Tina Fey)


via Cartoon Brew

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