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The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness(夢と狂気の王国)

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Japan · 2013
Rated PG · 1h 58m
Director Mami Sunada
Starring Hideaki Anno, John Lasseter, Hayao Miyazaki, Toshio Suzuki
Genre Documentary

This documentary delves into the behind-the-scenes work of Studio Ghibli as they prepare to release "The Wind Rises" and "The Tale of the Princess Kaguya." Mami Sunada interviews Hayao Miyazaki, Isao Takahata, and Toshio Suzuki, uncovering the mystical, unique universe that is Studio Ghibli.

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75 by Brian Tallerico

If you’re not enraptured with the work of Hayao Miyazaki, Isao Takahata and the rest of the artists at Ghibli, it may not be precisely what you’re looking for, but Sanada captures something poetic about art and creativity that could speak to anyone, animation fan or otherwise.


The Hollywood Reporter by Clarence Tsui

Sunada has managed the incredible task of editing all these anecdotes into a flowing whole, an unfettered celebration of cinema as a concoction of vision, persistence, collective faith and, of course, some canniness about how the world operates. Rather than diminishing the seventh art's magic, Sunada's documentary enhances it.


The A.V. Club by David Ehrlich

Building to an emotional wallop that’s almost on par with anything found in one of Miyazaki’s or Takahata’s films, The Kingdom Of Dreams And Madness is pornographically interesting for Studio Ghibli fans; as a delicate depiction of the artistic spirit, it’s equally essential viewing for everyone else.


Slant Magazine by Elise Nakhnikian

The documentary is hesitant to show the great work that resulted from Hayao Miyazaki's "grand hobby," never including clips from the classics referred to throughout.


Village Voice by Simon Abrams

Sunada's critical distance makes Kingdom of Dreams and Madness the clear-eyed celebration that Ghibli's artists deserve.


The Dissolve by Tasha Robinson

Like Ghibli’s features, Kingdom is a friendly, elegiac, approachable movie. But it lacks the studio’s well-polished sense of energy and commitment.


Boston Globe by Ty Burr

He’s the dreamer in the machine, and if he truly is retiring, the world stands to look a lot more ordinary.

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