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Studio Ghibli

Inspiration unlocks the future” ( The Wind Rises)

Studio Ghibli is a Japanese animated film studio best known for creating some of the most intrguing and vibrant movies. The creators must have some wonderful dreams to display such imagination in all their films that make up a Ghibli collection worth having. Here are a few of my favourite ones in no particular order.

 Credits: Directed by Hayao Miyazaki, based on the book by Diana Wynne Jones. Music by Joe Hisaishi.

 It should firstly be noted that whilst The main studio creator is Studio Ghibli, Walt Disney has provided the English subtitled version for the movies hence why the trailers state otherwise.

Moving on to the story, it is based on the novel by Diane Wynne Jones. A peculiar  day, Sophies dull life working in a hat shop is turned upside down when a witch enters and mistakening her for another sister who had previously insulted her, she rages and curses her to become an old woman.

Sophies wise mannerism is very foward in this movie which helps her make such bold and brave decisions later on as she stares  at the horror of her aged reflection she shouts “oh that’s really me isn’t it”.

Seeking to break the curse she makes a troublesome journey, encountering a magical scarecrow of some shape whom she names ‘turnip head’ that leads her to the enchanting moving castle, owned by a powerful wizard named Howl- a handsome charmer rumoured to eat the hearts of his seducers.

The movie depicts strong imagery of war, influenced by Miyazaki’s anger of the invasion of Iraq which comes across in the struggles the characters face, but it also shows compassion and strength that conveys the message of freedom and not giving up against all odds.

Credits: Directed by Hayao Miyazaki, Music by Joe Hisaishi

When ten year old Chihiro and her parents take a wrong turn, they decide to explore their surrounding and settle down to some delicious looking  food. Little did they  know that eating like a pig would make you turn into one!

In a magical town Chihiro soon realises she is far from any place she knew. With creatures of the most complex  kind, spirited away is one to indulge your imagination in.

Credits: Directed by Hayao Miyazaki, Music by Joe Hisaishi

The Wind Rises is a biopic story telling of Jiro Horikoshi (1903-1982), designer of aircrafs used during world war two. I’m not usually a fan of biopic documentaries but Miyazaki tells the tale in a very beautiful way.

As a young boy he has wild dreams of building airplanes that fly majestically through the sky, and with time he becomes a successful engineer, whilst we fly with him on his adventure through school, love and places.

It was a time when Jiro also realised and experienced the darker side to his passion, when his crafts are used for destruction of war that frighten him and weakness of mankind.

It is a touching story that tugged at my emotions when his loving wife had recited a poem by Paul Valery “the wind is rising and we must try to live” which is the heart of this movie and also the ending for the  retirement of Miyazaki’s latest and final movie,working at Studio Ghibli.

Credits: Directed by Isao Takahata, based on the tale of the bamboo cutter . Music by Joe Hisaishi

A small pea sized girl is found by a bamboo cutter in a forest and taken in by the couple. From the very beginning she is known to be unique yet strange to the village people as she grows at a exceeding rate.

Never has a folklore tale been so well scripted out with its elegant simple sketched animation that’s both rough and beautiful with watercolours and pastel themes. when she is of age her adoptive father wants to get her married and that is where she sees the sorrows of life that have placed sadness in her heart.

It is a film about freedom and compassion, as Kaguya often sings about nature and ” teach  people how to feel” as her life away from her childhood into the big luxurious  city takes getting used to, as a “noble princess would not partake in such frolic” hence she finds a way to break free from the strict lifestyle and find herself once again.

Credits: Directed by Isao Takahata, based on the story by Akiyuki Nosaka. Music by Mucho Mamiya

I told myself i would never watch this movie again because of the raw emotions it put me through but at the same time it’s what makes this movie so brilliant and a firm favourite of all time.

War is always unsettling to watch, be it a documentary or a movie but that is all the more reason we are drawn to such events because it is something most of us have witnessed.

It tells the story of two siblings ; Seita and Setsuko who strive by all means to survive during the second world war.

The fireflies in the movie represent the spirit of the deceased that live to fly on in life.

Between starvation and the bombing it’s hard not to be so moved to tears with the characters ordeals and the sickening truth of why and how people could be so cruel.

It is a movie to be watched for its beautiful portrayal and the strength the characters have for each other.



A Mademoiselle living in the U.K Born in the late 80's with a vintage heart. My blog is made up of my thoughts; be it through the eyes of a great movie, the chapters of a book or in the hands of a game and other ideas that set my mind apart.. here on an open platform to share with the rest of the world. Won't you join me..

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