Starting tomorrow (Friday December 11), GKIDS is bringing both a complete retrospective of animated films from Japan’s renowned Studio Ghibli and a special 25th anniversary release of Studio Ghibli’s ONLY YESTERDAY to New York’s IFC Center.
STUDIO GHIBLI: THE COMPLETE RETROSPECTIVE will include 22 films (complete list below) and run December 11 to December 31.
The retrospective culminates on January 1 with the opening of a new English-language version of ONLY YESTERDAY, from studio co-founder and Academy Award® nominee Isao Takahata. Long considered an unseen masterpiece by critics and fans alike, the film has never before been released in North America. The English-language version features the voices of Daisy Ridley (Star Wars: The Force Awakens), Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire, Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) and Ashley Eckstein (HerUniverse, Star Wars Rebels). The film opens nationwide on February 26.
It’s 1982, and Taeko is 27 years old, unmarried, and has lived her whole life in Tokyo. While traveling by train to visit family in the country, memories flood back of her as a schoolgirl in 1966, and she starts to question whether she has been true to herself. Elegantly switching between her adult present and childhood flashbacks, Takahata brilliantly explores the drama, humor and enchantment of everyday life, in a poignant and achingly beautiful masterpiece from one of the world’s most revered animation studios. Considered a lost gem, the remarkable Only Yesterday was recently included in Time Out’s list of the “Best 100 Animated Movies Ever Made,” and counts Wes Anderson and Roger Ebert among its admirers. The film is directed by Isao Takahata, and produced by Toshio Suzuki. The English version is produced by Geoffrey Wexler and Studio Ghibli.
STUDIO GHIBLI: THE COMPLETE RETROSPECTIVE
NAUSICAÄ OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND (1984)
CASTLE IN THE SKY (1986)
GRAVE OF THE FIREFLIES (1988)
MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO (1988)
KIKI'S DELIVERY SERVICE (1989)
ONLY YESTERDAY (1991)
PORCO ROSSO (1992)
THE OCEAN WAVES (1993)
POM POKO (1994)
WHISPER OF THE HEART (1995)
PRINCESS MONONOKE (1997)
MY NEIGHBORS THE YAMADAS (1999)
SPIRITED AWAY (2001)
THE CAT RETURNS (2002)
HOWL'S MOVING CASTLE (2004)
TALES FROM EARTHSEA (2006)
THE SECRET WORLD OF ARRIETTY (2010)
FROM UP ON POPPY HILL (2011)
THE WIND RISES (2013)
THE TALE OF THE PRINCESS KAGUYA (2013)
WHEN MARNIE WAS THERE (2014)
ABOUT STUDIO GHIBLI
Studio Ghibli was founded in 1985 by animation directors Isao Takahata and Hayao Miyazaki and is one of the most successful and well-respected animation studios in the world. Cultivating a creative force of talented directors, animators, and storytellers under the revered brilliance of Takahata and Miyazaki, Studio Ghibli’s films have been praised for their originality, dazzling animation, and epic storytelling. The films have become a beloved part of Japanese popular culture, and have garnered worldwide acclaim from audiences and critics alike, including an Academy Award® for Spirited Away, and Academy Award® nominations for Howl’s Moving Castle, The Wind Rises, and The Tale of The Princess Kaguya. In 2015, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presented Hayao Miyazaki with its Governors Award for lifetime achievement.
GKIDS is a distributor of award-winning feature animation for both adult and family audiences. Since 2009, the company has scored six Best Animated Feature Oscar nominations – second only to Disney – with The Secret of Kells in 2010, A Cat in Paris and Chico & Rita in 2012, Ernest & Celestine in 2014, and The Tale of The Princess Kaguya and Song of the Sea in 2015. Current and upcoming releases include When Marnie Was There from director Hiromasa Yonebayashi and Studio Ghibli, 2014 Annecy winner Boy and the World from director Alê Abreu, and Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet, from director Roger Allers and producer Salma Hayek. GKIDS also handles North American theatrical distribution for the famed Studio Ghibli library of films, one of the world’s most coveted animation collections with titles Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke and others.