Studio Ghibli Animation

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Friday 19 January 2024
11:00am 2:00pm
Pioneer Women's Hall (Upstairs)
Kiki's Delivery Service Laputa; Castle in the Sky
Hayao Miyazaki / 1989 / 103min / PG Hayao Miyazaki / 1986 / 125min / PG
© 1989 Eiko Kadono - Studio Ghibli - N  
© 1986 Studio Ghibli

From the legendary Studio Ghibli, creators of Spirited Away and Ponyo, and Academy Award®-winning* director Hayao Miyazaki, comes the beloved coming-of-age story of a resourceful young witch who uses her broom to create a delivery service, only to lose her gift of flight in a moment of self-doubt.

It is a tradition for all young witches to leave their families on the night of a full moon and fly off into the wide world to learn their craft. When that night comes for Kiki, she embarks on her new journey with her sarcastic black cat, Jiji, landing the next morning in a seaside village, where her unique skills make her an instant sensation.

Castle in the Sky is a timeless story of courage and friendship, with stunning animation from acclaimed Academy Award®-winning* director Hayao Miyazaki.

This high-flying adventure begins when Pazu, an engineer's apprentice, spies a young girl, Sheeta, floating down from the sky, held aloft by a glowing pendant. Both Sheeta and Pazu are searching for the legendary floating castle, Laputa, and they vow to travel there together to unravel the mystery of the luminous crystal. But their quest won't be easy, as soon they are being pursued by greedy air pirates, the military, and secret government agents, who all seek the power Sheeta alone can control.

About Studio Ghibli

Studio Ghibli was founded in 1985 by animated film directors Isao Takahata and Hayao Miyazaki, and has produced twenty-two feature-length films. Most Studio Ghibli films ranked number one at the box office in Japan in the year in which they were released. SPIRITED AWAY, directed by Hayao Miyazaki and released in 2001, is the all-time highest grossing film in Japan, earning over 30 billion yen at the box office.

Studio Ghibli films have garnered numerous awards and critical acclaim from film critics and animation specialists around the world. SPIRITED AWAY was awarded the Golden Bear as the Best Feature Film at the 2002 Berlin International Film Festival and won the 2002 Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film. In October 2001, Studio Ghibli, in conjunction with The Tokuma Memorial Cultural Foundation for Animation, founded the Ghibli Museum, Mitaka, designed by Hayao Miyazaki.

It seems like only yesterday Hayao Miyazaki was announcing his retirement, but it turns out it was 10 years ago. But happily for fans of Japanese animation, legendary filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki was not finished yet, and now he’s back to present his first feature-length film since 2013’s The Wind Rises.

His latest film THE BOY AND THE HERON arrived in New Zealand cinemas on 7th December 2023.