Studio Ghibli has brought beloved anime films to the attention of not just Japanese audiences but the international community as well. Documentary director Mami Sunada has been tasked with bringing the story of the acclaimed anime production company to theaters this fall with the documentary film entitled Yume to Kyōki no Ōkoku (“The Kingdom of Dreams & Madness”).
The film will follow Ghibli’s founder, celebrated anime director Hayao Miyazaki as he works on his next film, Kaze Tachinu (“The Wind Rises”), as well as director Isao Takahata and his new work Kaguya-hime no Monogatari (“The Tale of Princess Kaguya”). Producer Toshio Suzuki is also a subject of the documentary as he works on both projects. Sunada was supposed to be working on a fictional film as her follow-up project to her documentary film Ending Note: Death of a Japanese Salaryman. But she could not say no when the Studio Ghibli project was offered to her, and in fact, considered it a great honor. As she worked on the film, she also began to understand more what exactly makes the studio so unique, and why it is a special treat to be working with those directors and producers. The Studio Ghibli people were also impressed as to how Sunada was able to work with them and around them without necessarily disturbing their process.
The film is not yet finished, as both new Studio Ghibli projects are still ongoing, but Sunada is determined to have the documentary ready by fall. When asked why she included the word “madness” in the film’s title, she says that every dream has a little bit of madness in it, regardless of the profession you’re in, because you sometimes have to go to the extremes to achieve that dream.
[ via Anime News Network ]
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