An incredibly beautiful journey into a dark world of teh spirits, and through the development of a little girl into a courageous, loving heroine. Full of the compassion, forgiveness and wonder that is Miyazaki at his best.
(2001) Starring:Rumi Hiiragi, Koba Hayashi, Mari Natsuki Director:Hayao Miyazaki Certificate:
Tale of the fanciful adventures of a ten-year-old girl named Chihiro, who discovers a secret world when she and her family get lost and venture through a hillside tunnel. When her parents undergo a mysterious transformation, Chihiro must fend for herself as she encounters strange spirits, assorted ..read more »
An incredibly moving tale of childhood, adulthood and love, that uses animation as a perfect means of storytelling.
(1991) Starring:Toshiro Yanagiba, toshiro yanagiba (voice), Miki Ima Director:Isao Takahata Certificate:
Classic Japanese anime feature, as 27-year old Taeko embarks on a holiday to the country and reminiscences about her childhood, recalling the major events that took place when she was 15 and that shaped her life into what it is now. In the present, she longs for a change in her humdrum life as an ..read more »
Full of love and wonder, an absoutely perfect movie for toddlers, adults and everyone in between.
(2008) Starring:Cate Blanchett, Yuria Nara, Noah Cyrus Director:Hayao Miyazaki Certificate:
Animated adventure by the Japanese anime studio Studio Ghibli, written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki and loosely based on Hans Christian Andersen's story 'The Little Mermaid'. When a feisty baby goldfish/mermaid called Ponyo (voiced by Noah Lindsey Cyrus) runs away from her home in the sea, she ..read more »
An amazing and beautifully animated film, which is unflinching about the horrors of homelessness while being ultimately inspiring, and almost unique in respecting that homeless people have made and do make choices.
(2003) Starring:Yoshiaki Umegaki, Toru Emori, Aya Okamoto Director:Shogo Furuya, Satoshi Kon Certificate:
Japanese filmmaker Satoshi Kon directs this bittersweet comedy anime about three homeless friends, a young girl, Miyuki (Aya Okamoto), aging transvestite Hana (Yoshiaki Umegaki) and middle-aged down-and-out Gin (Toru Emori), who have formed a makeshift family bond that sees them through life in the ..read more »
Disney's best heroine, stunning animation, a brilliant story and fantastic musical set pieces.
(1998) Starring:Eddie Murphy, Donny Osmond, Ming-Na Wen Director:Tony Bancroft, Barry Cook Certificate:
Ancient China faces invasion by the barbarian hordes of Shan-Yu, and calls all able bodied men to arms to defend their Emperor. Young girl Mulan (voiced by Ming-Na Wen) disguises herself as a boy and joins up in her aged father's place, accompanied by her protectors: guardian dragon Mushu (Eddie ..read more »
If there was ever proof that CGI can have warmth and heart, this incredibly charming, touching and funny film is it.
(2008) Starring:Fred Willard, Jeff Garlin, Ben Burtt Director:Andrew Stanton Certificate:
The year is 2700 and the Earth is polluted, barren and exhausted. Wall-E is the last of a group of clean-up robots, sent to restore the Earth by lifting and compressing the endless quantities of rubbish left behind by a human race that has withdrawn to the safety of space.
Wall-E spends every day ..read more »
An incredible, complex and heartbreaking roller coaster of a movie. In the end, what matters is the chase.
(2003) Starring:Fumiko Orikasa, Masaya Onosaka, Shouzou Iizuka Director:Satoshi Kon Certificate:
Chiyoko Fujiwara was once a major movie star who dominated the Japanese cinema world. Thirty years ago, she abruptly disappeared from the screen and from public view. One of her greatest admirers, Genya Tachibana, is a documentary filmmaker who has traveled to the isolated mountain lodge to ..read more »
Slow, gentle, and absolutely emotionally enthralling.
Whisper Of The Heart
(1995) Starring:Keiju Kobayashi, Youko Honna, Issei Takahashi Director:Yoshifumi Kondo Certificate:
Classic anime feature from Studio Ghibli. Shizuku is a young schoolgirl dreaming of becoming a writer. When she goes to her school library for inspiration, she finds that all the books she wants have already been checked out by a boy called Seiji. As Shizuku dreams about what this boy could be like,..read more »