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New Documentary Follows Studio Ghibli & Miyazaki's 'The Wind Rises'
The first trailer from Hayao Miyazaki's newest film, The Wind Rises, just arrived in June. However, Miyazaki's work and the animation house Studio Ghibli will be getting more screentime this year. Anime News Network (via The Film Stage) reports that Mami Sunada (Ending Note: Death of a Japanese Salaryman) is finishing up a documentary called The Kingdom of Dreams & Madness, which will go behind the scenes of Studio Ghibli and follow Miyazaki as he completes The Wind Rises, director Isao Takahata working on The Tale of Princess Kaguya, and producer Toshio Suzuki, working on both.
The film is supposed to hit theaters in Japan this fall, but we're not sure when it might arrive in the United States. Sunada commented on the title saying, "I think that having a dream entails having a bit of madness, no matter what the profession. There are times when you will go to extremes, and times when you are feared by others for that.” It's not common that an entire documentary looks at an animation house or the making of an animated film, so this should be interesting for fans of the genre and Studio Ghibli. We'll keep you posted on when this might be available for US audiences. Sound good?