Miyazaki’s Kingdom: Looking at “The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness”

Not too along ago I watched 2013 documentary The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness.


The documentary is focused on Studio Ghibli, the animation film studio that Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata.  The film specifically looks at the year leading up to the release of two films.  Those two films were Miyazaki’s The Wind Rises and Takahata’s The Tale of Princess Kaguya.  People get a look into the life of the studio as well as that of the two founders of the studio.  Miyazaki is featured prominently in the film because he’s more well known.  However, Takahata is shown as well, even though he is more of a recluse.

What makes this documentary special, along with getting a look behind the scenes of Studio Ghibli, is the fact that it was announced during this time that Miyazaki would be retiring following the release of The Wind Rises.  It gives the film a bittersweet feeling as you know that things will never be the same once the films were finished.

The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness was released in Japan on November 16, 2013 and in the United States the next year.  The documentary is in Japanese with English subtitles.  It is worth watching and seeing the behind the scenes of how an iconic studio made films.

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