Featuring a bewildering cast of bus-shaped cats, fighter ace pigs and even giant moving castles, Studio Ghibli’s entertaining fantasy aesthetic is unmistakable.
Combining this look with rich storytelling and deep philosophical issues has given Studio Ghibli international success.
Breakthrough film Princess Mononoke, from 1997, is set in Japan’s Muromachi Period and was the first animated film to win Japan’s National Academy Award for best film of the year, while 2001’s Spirited Away became the top-grossing film in the history of Japanese Cinema and won an Oscar for best animated feature.
Studio Ghibli was founded in 1985 by directors Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Tkahata, along with producer Toshio Suzuki.
The studio has so far produced nearly 20 films, all of which will be shown at the BFI Southbank throughout April and May.
The season will also feature a preview of upcoming Ghibli release The Wind Rises, a fictionalised biography of Jiro Horikoshi, who designed the Mitsubishi A6M Zero aircraft, used by Japan in World War II.
The Studio Ghibli Season is at BFI Southbank, London SE1, throughout April and May. For more information visit www.bfi.org.uk.