CELEBRATE STUDIO GHIBLI

Movie Max Digital is proud to present a season of every Studio Ghibli film, starting August 23. Here is the full line-up...


STUDIO GHIBLI OPENING NIGHT

Screenings from August 23
Opening night of Timaru's Studio Ghibli Festival. Each ticket sold will receive a special giveaway (specially designed for this event) full size poster by Shaun Tan....

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MY NEIGHBOUR TOTORO

Screenings from August 23
Family adventure from the godfather of Japanese animation Hayao Miyazaki, following two young girls who befriend an enormous cat-bear creature sleeping in a nearby forest.

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LAPUTA: CASTLE IN THE SKY

Screenings from August 24
Anime animated adventure from Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited Away), the first film released by Studio Ghibli...

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HOWL'S MOVING CASTLE

Screenings from August 25
When Sophie, a shy young woman, is cursed with an old body by a spiteful witch, her only chance of breaking the spell lies with a self-indulgent yet insecure young wizard and his companions in his legged, walking home.

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KIKI'S DELIVERY SERVICE

Screenings from August 25
About a 13-year-old witch who is cast out to a quaint European seaside village to live a year of independence...

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SPIRITED AWAY

Screenings from August 26
This Academy Award winner (Best Animated Film) follows the fanciful adventures of a ten-year-old girl named Chihiro.

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PRINCESS MONONOKE

Screenings from August 26
The fate of the world rests on the courage of one warrior.

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THE WIND RISES

Screenings from August 27
The ‘farewell masterpiece’ from Japanese filmmaking legend Hayao Miyazaki – set in Japan during World War II, exploring the life of fighter plane designer Jiro Horikoshi.

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NAUSICAA OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND

Screenings from August 28
A band of young warriors on the wings of their greatest challenge!

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TALES FROM EARTHSEA

Screenings from August 28
There was a time when humans and dragons were one...

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PONYO

Screenings from August 29
Based on Miyazaki's observations of his own five year old son, the film tells the story of Ponyo, a young boy who develops a friendship with a goldfish princess who dreams of becoming human

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THE CAT RETURNS

Screenings from August 29
A schoolgirl bored by her ordinary routine, saves the life of an unusual cat, and suddenly her world is transformed beyond anything she's ever imagined.

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ARRIETTY

Screenings from August 30
Based on the classic British children’s novel The Borrowers.

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PORCO ROSSO

Screenings from August 30
About Porco, a veteran WWI pilot in 1930s Italy, who has been cursed to look like a pig...

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GRAVE OF THE FIREFLIES

Screenings from August 31
Set in World War II Japan where a young teen and his little sister are left to wander their battle-torn town after the death of their mother...

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FROM UP ON POPPY HILL

Screenings from September 1
Comedic drama following a group of students attempting to prevent the ordered demolition of their school’s clubhouse.

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MY NEIGHBOURS THE YAMADAS

Screemomgs from September 3
Animated family comedy chronicling the life and misadventures of a family in contemporary Japan.

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OCEAN WAVES

Screening on September 4
Based on the namesake novel by Saeko Himuro, and adapted for the screen by Keiko Niwa (When Marnie was There).

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WHEN MARNIE WAS THERE

Screening on September 6
Based on the novel by Joan G Robinson and directed by Hiroasa Yonebayashi, following up his 2010 directorial debut Arrietty.

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THE KINGDOM OF DREAMS AND MADNESS

Screening on September 8
The revered Studio Ghibli is the focus of this documentary that offers a glimpse inside arguably the most heralded animation studio of the modern era.

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THE TALE OF THE PRINCESS KAGUYA

Screening on September 11
Fantasy based on the Japanese folk tale of a tiny sleeping princess, discovered in the forest one day by an old bamboo salesman.

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ISAO TAKAHATA AND HIS TALE OF THE PRINCESS KAGUYA

Screening on September 12
Going behind the scenes of the iconic Studio Ghibli, this doco chronicles the making of The Tale of Princess Kaguya. With access throughout the animated film's production, we are offered unique insight into the creative process of director Isao Takahata.

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POM POKO

Screening on September 13
A community of magical shape-shifting raccoon dogs struggle to prevent their forest home from being destroyed by urban development.

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ONLY YESTERDAY

Screening on September 15
It’s 1982, and Taeko is 27-years-old, unmarried, and lived her whole life in Tokyo. She decides to visit her relatives in the countryside, and as the train travels through the night, memories flood back of her younger years: the first immature stirrings of romance, the onset of puberty, and the frustrations of math and boys.

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WHISPER OF THE HEART

Screening on September 18
A love story between a girl who loves reading and the boy who has previously checked out all of her favourite library books.

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