Picturehouse Cinemas and STUDIOCANAL present a sweeping season of Studio Ghibli from its humble beginnings in 1984 with Nausicaä Of The Valley Of The Wind to its most recent masterpiece, The Tale Of The Princess Kaguya.
The final film from the visionary Japanese animation house, When Marnie Was There, lands in cinemas on Friday 10 June.
Studio Ghibli Forever dates vary at participating cinemas. Explore the season by selecting a title below or scroll to the bottom of the page and select your local Picturehouse.
From Friday 29 April
Director: Hayao Miyazaki. Japan 1984. 117 mins.
Warrior/pacifist Princess Nausicaä desperately struggles to prevent two warring nations from destroying themselves and their dying planet. While created before Studio Ghibli was founded, the film is considered to be the beginning of the studio.
From Friday 6 May
Director: Hayao Miyazaki. Japan 1986. 125 mins.
The very first feature from Studio Ghibli, this action masterpiece gives the Indiana Jones franchise a run for its money.
Cheer red-headed Captain Dola and her crew of hapless male offspring one minute and yearn for the lost innocence of the Laputan civilisation the next: this has more life than many a live-action movie, a heart-stopping, breath-taking film.
From Friday 13 May
My Neighbour Totoro (PG)
Director: Hayao Miyazaki. Japan 1988. 83 mins.
Miyazaki’s superbly animated tale is considered to be one of the best-loved family films of all time. The story follows Satsuki and Mei, two young girls who find their new home is by a mystical forest inhabited by a menagerie of fantastical creatures called Totoros.
From Friday 20 May
Grave Of The Fireflies (12A)
Director: Isao Takahata. Japan 1988. 90 mins.
Directed by Hayao Miyazaki’s Studio Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata, this is an indelible anime about a brother and sister trying to survive during the Second World War.
Undeniably sad but stunningly rendered, it does not flinch from the true human tragedy of war.
From Friday 27 May
Director: Hayao Miyazaki. Japan 1989. 103 mins.
A young witch, on her mandatory year of independent life, finds fitting into a new community difficult while she supports herself by running an air courier service.
From Friday 3 June
Only Yesterday (PG)
Director: Isao Takahata. Japan 1991. 119 mins.
A 27-year-old office worker travels to the countryside while reminiscing about her childhood in Tôkyô.
From Friday 17 June
Princess Mononoke (PG)
Director: Hayao Miyazaki. Japan 1997. 133 mins.
Set in the Muromachi era (1338 – 1573), this magnificent epic traces Japan’s move from the Middle Ages to modernity with a breathtaking artistry that first brought Miyazaki to the attention of Disney, who distributed the film in the USA.
From Friday 24 June
Spirited Away (PG)
Director: Hayao Miyazaki. Japan 2001. 125 mins.
A fantasy adventure film unlike any other, SPIRITED AWAY tells the story of Chihiro, a capricious ten-year-old girl who believes the entire world should submit to her every whim.
This visionary work from Miyazaki is a dreamlike fable and an enchanting fairy tale.
From Friday 1 July
Director: Hayao Miyazaki. Japan 2004. 119 mins.
Not every action movie has as its heroine a 90-year-old woman, but the ordinary and extraordinary are always radically confused in Miyazaki’s work and his freestyle adaptation of Diana Wynne Jones’s novel is no exception.
Visually, it is everything a Studio Ghibli movie should be: beautiful, intricate, subtle, enchanting, and full of imaginative treats.
From Friday 8 July
Director: Hayao Miyazaki. Japan 2008. 101 mins.
After running away from the sea she calls home, an effervescent young fish-girl is rescued and befriended by a five-year-old human boy called Sosuke.
Laced with the fantastical exuberance that has become synonymous with the Japanese studio, it is as visually alluring a fairy tale as you are ever likely to see.
From Friday 15 July
The Wind Rises (PG)
Director: Hayao Miyazaki. Japan 2013. 126 mins.
With The Wind Rises, visionary director Miyazaki delivers his farewell masterpiece – and once again defies the conventional limitations of animation.
This profound and beautiful film deftly combines Ghibli’s mesmerising style with an achingly beautiful love story, and asks hard questions about humanity, creation and invention.
From Friday 22 July
Director: Isao Takahata. Japan 2013. 137 mins.
The latest masterpiece from the legendary Studio Ghibli is based on a tenth–century Japanese fable. A peasant discovers a miniature girl growing inside a bamboo shoot and takes her home.
Exquisitely drawn in a style that recalls washed-out Japanese watercolours, the story is spellbinding and melancholic – an instant classic.