Film4 Gives the UK a Studio Ghibli Easter

Spirited Away Bathhouse ChihiroSometimes Film4 does magical things. It is a major part of UK film production and it helped bring about the magic of great films like Shame, Submarine, Berberian Sound Studio and Attack the Block… Well that last one has lost a lot of its appeal for me. Other times it screens great films at a time when I will actually watch them. It also has the rights to screen nearly every Studio Ghibli and pre-Studio Ghibli film ever made and screens those on special occasions. This Easter, starting with the channel premiere of Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away, Film4 is going to screen 19 Ghibli films from the earliest titles like The Little Norse Prince all the way to Arrietty!

I may have only two Ghibli film reviews (Ponyo and Arrietty) but I have seen all of these with the exception of Ocean Waves. I cannot recommend these films highly enough. My personal favourites are Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, Porco Rosso, Kiki’s Delivery Service, Whisper of the Heart and The Cat Returns. Each of them is brilliant and Spirited Away ranks as one of the most magical experiences I have ever had in a cinema. The only one I will refuse to watch is Grave of the Fireflies because I was left an emotional wreck the last time I viewed it and it’s on at 1 in the morning and I have work the next day 😛

Enough from me. GHIBLI dates and times and titles and images:

Princess Mononoke

Tuesday 26th March – Saturday 13th April 2013

Tuesday March 26, 6.3o p.m.: Spirited Away (2001), Director: Hayao MiyazakiSpirited Away Sail Away

Wednesday March 27, 6.05 p.m.: Princess Mononoke (1997), Director: Hayao Miyazaki

Thursday March 28, 11 a.m.: The Cat Returns (2002), Director: Hiroyuki Morita

Thursday March 28, 4.35 p.m.: Porco Rosso (1992), Director: Hayao Miyazaki

Friday March 29, 4.45 p.m.: Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989), Director: Hayao MiyazakiWhisper of the Heart

Saturday March 30, 4.55 p.m.: My Neighbor Totoro (1988), Director: Hayao Miyazaki

Sunday March 31, 5.15 p.m.: Arrietty (2010), Director: Hiromasa Yonebayashi

Monday April 1st, 4.35 p.m.: Howl’s Moving Castle (2004), Director: Hayao Miyazaki

Tuesday April 2nd, 3.15 p.m.: Castle of Cagliostro (1979), Director: Hayao Porco Rosso KissMiyazaki

Wednesday April 03rd, 2.50 p.m.: Ponyo (2008), Director: Hayao Miyazaki

Thursday April 4th, 11 a.m: Ocean Waves (1993), Director: Tomomi Mochizuki

Thursday April 4th, 2.35 p.m.: Pom Poko (1994), Director: Isao Takahata

Friday April 5th, 2.40 p.m: Whisper of the Heart (1995), Director: Yoshifumi Kondo

Friday April 5th, 12.15 a.m.Grave of the Fireflies (1988), Director: Isao Takahata

Saturday April 6th, 4.35 p.m: Spirited Away (2001),

Sunday April 7th, 3.00 p.m.: The Cat Returns (2002),Arrietty gazes at her reflection in a bauble/Mirror

Monday April 8th, 2.25 p.m: Tales from Earthsea (2006), Director: Goro Miyazaki

Tuesday April 9th 12.55 p.m.: Only Yesterday (1991) Director: Isao Takahata

Wednesday April 10th, 1.10 p.m.: Princess Mononoke (1997),

Thursday April 11th, 11 a.m.: The Little Norse Prince (1968), Director: Isao Kiki's Delivery ServiceTakahata

Thursday April 11th, 2.30 p.m.: Laputa: Castle in the Sky (1986), Director: Hayao Miyazaki

Friday April 12th, Time N/A: Howl’s Moving Castle (2004),

Saturday April 13th, Time N/A.: Nausicaä of the Valley of Wind (1984), Director: Hayao Miyazaki

Check the Film4 website for more info!

Princess Mononoke Gaze 2

10 thoughts on “Film4 Gives the UK a Studio Ghibli Easter

  1. You beat me to posting on this. Admittedly, I was feeling a bit lazy. Not sure if I’ll do it now, may stick to retweeting reminders.

    But of a bummer most films will be subtitled…. Ahh, well, I own most and am willing to buy all that I don’t have in my collection! Quite intrigued they are doing a full selection, with pre-Ghibli films (and not just Nausicaä) included. They must have paid a lot!

    1. Film4 have had the rights to most of these films for a while now. I remember trying to watch The Little Norse Prince a few years ago. I like the fact that they are aggressively screening the films but I’ll be in work when some of these are on… might have to record some of these (or buy them).

  2. Tired Paul

    I think film4 do a real service to world cinema, without them less people would have the opportunity to look out of the hollywood box…admittedly we now have access to a wealth of movies thanks to the internet but film4 is still useful for allowing particularly younger (and senior) audiences to stumble upon culturally diverse film……….showing Ghibli films regularly can only help encourage kids to look outside the box……….and far earlier than I had an opportunity to!

    1. I agree although sometimes I wish they would screen world cinema and anime at 9:00 at night instead of 1:00 in the morning. I mean, how many more people want to watch Die Hard 4.0 and all the other US films they tend to screen?

      Hats off to BBC Four for screening world cinema as well although I do wish they’d look outside of Europe and the Middle East.

      I miss the days when the BBC and Channel 4 would have whole seasons dedicated to genre cinema/directors.

  3. oh wow…what a treat!! The only Ghibli I have ever seen on localTV was Kiki….other than that, they always play Holywood animations.

    My favorite Ghibli is also Spirited Away, interesting story with stunning animation

    1. I will never forget watching Spirited Away in a cinema that was packed full of people. The film is magical by itself and I felt so much good will generated by it. I totally agree. It has a great story rooted in Japanese mythology and wonderful animation.

  4. I must admit I love some of these films. Spirited Away is excellent and Princess Monoke (my daughter has watched Spirited Away so many times that I can’t even tell you (it would be embarrassing). Plus Howl’s Moving Castle and Ponyo. I love those films. Grave of the Fireflies. Phew, I defy anyone to watch that film and not be an emotional wreck. No My Neighbour Totoro?
    Lynn 😀

    1. Your daughter has good taste. There’s nothing wrong with watching a movie lots of times, especially when it’s as good as Spirited Away!

      Yeah, My Neighbour Totoro is on March 30th. It’s to the left of the screen-cap of Whisper of the Heart.

  5. As a fan of Studio Ghibli, I think you’d like Oblivion Island!

    “An animated romp for the young and the young at heart! This internationally acclaimed feature film blends Japanese folklore and storybook charm reminiscent of Alice in Wonderland into an exhilarating tale sure to amaze animation fans of all ages. Sixteen-year-old Haruka is on a mission to find her mirror—a precious childhood gift from her late mother that has disappeared. On her search, she follows a strange fox-like creature to Oblivion Island, a mystical world overflowing with once-cherished items taken from their neglectful owners. Trouble follows Haruka and her new friend Teo at every turn as they contend with the island’s overbearing ruler, who will stop at nothing to use the mirror for his own sinister plan!”

    1. Hello Advertisement! I know all about Oblivion Island having read a review over at Otherwhere and having written about it since it has been at various film festivals and I have to say that I am intrigued.

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