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  • 4 stars
  • 2018
  • Japan
  • PG
  • Directed by: Mamoru Hosoda
  • Cast: Moka Kamishiraishi, Haru Kuroki,
  • UK release: 2 November 2018

Kun (Kamishiraishi) is a four-year-old boy obsessed with trains who struggles to adjust to the arrival of his baby sister. Animated domestic fantasy brimming with sweetness, charm, whimsy and some epic tantrums. The influence of Studio Ghibli is unmistakable but Hosoda’s playfulness and generosity of spirit are all his own.

The Red Turtle

  • 5 stars
  • 2016
  • France / Belgium / Japan
  • 1h 20min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Michaël Dudok de Wit
  • Cast: Emmanuel Garijo, Barbara Baretta, Tom Hudson (voices)
  • UK release: 26 May 2017

A man washes up on a desert island; when he tries to build a raft, it’s destroyed by a mysterious red turtle. Breathtaking début feature by Dutch writer, director and animator, a stunning, life-affirming tale of man’s relationship with nature, entirely worthy of the Ghibli name (the studio co-produced it).

When Marnie Was There

  • 4 stars
  • 2014
  • Japan
  • 1h 43min
  • U
  • Directed by: Hiromasa Yonebayashi
  • Cast: Sara Takatsuki, Kasumi Arimura, Nanako Matsushima
  • UK release: 15 October 2015

When asthmatic 12 year old Anna suffers panic attacks and finds it hard to make friends, her parents send her to her aunt and uncle in the country for the summer, where she finds a new friend in (possibly imagianary) Marnie. Proof that Studio Ghibli has life beyond Miyazaki; a beguiling, delicately executed, almost…

The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness

  • 2013
  • Japan
  • PG
  • Directed by: Mami Sunada

A documentary exploring the home of some pretty famous animation – Studio Ghibli.


  • 4 stars
  • 2010
  • Japan
  • 1h 34min
  • U
  • Directed by: Hiromasa Yonebayashi
  • Cast: Mirai Shida, Ryunosuke Kamiki, Shinobu Ōtake, Keiko Takeshita, Tatsuya Fujiwara, Tomokazu Miura, Kirin Kiki

Fourteen year old Arrietty (voiced by Shida) and the tiny Clock family live under the floorboards of a suburban home, exploring and borrowing from the human world above. Arrietty may not have the scope of Studio Ghibli's earliest works, but the result is a beautifully realised small-scale drama.


  • 4 stars
  • 2008
  • Japan
  • 1h 41min
  • U
  • Directed by: Hayao Miyazaki
  • Cast: Yuria Nara, Hiroki Doi, Tomoko Yamaguchi, George Tokoro, Kazushige Nagashima

Delightful animated feature from the Studio Ghibli brand about a five-year-old boy who falls for a goldfish princess. It's funny, charming and original enough to keep adults entertained, but where it really scores is Miyazaki's (Spirited Away) ability to understand what a child sees. Like its goldfish heroine, Ponyo may…

The Cat Returns

  • 2002
  • Japan
  • 1h 15min
  • U
  • Directed by: Hiroyuki Morita
  • Cast: Voices of Anne Hathaway, Tim Curry

Morita's enchanting animation from Studio Ghibli (released in both subtitled and dubbed versions). It lacks the epic quality of Spirited Away or Princess Mononoke, but is worth cherishing for its energy, imagination and good humour.

Pom Poko (Heisei tanuki gassen ponpoko)

  • 1994
  • Japan
  • 1h 59min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Isao Takahata
  • Cast: Shinchô Kokontei, Makoto Nonomura, Yuriko Ishida

Studio Ghibli comedy about a community of shapeshifting raccoons desperately protecting their forest home from urban development.

Kiki's Delivery Service

  • 1989
  • Japan
  • 1h 43min
  • U
  • Directed by: Hayao Miyazaki
  • Cast: Voices of Kirsten Dunst, Janeane Garafolo, Phil Hartman

Japanese animation with American voice-over in which a young witch finds fitting into a new community difficult while she supports herself running an airborne broomstick delivery service. Part of the Studio Ghibli season.

My Neighbour Totoro

  • 1988
  • Japan
  • 1h 27min
  • U
  • Directed by: Hayao Miyazaki
  • Written by: Hayao Miyazaki
  • Cast: Chika Sakamoto, Noriko Hidaka, Hitoshi Takagi

Gentle fantasy exploring rural Japan circa the 1950s as seen through the eyes of a pair of young girls who move to the country and discover the spirits of the forest.

Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind

  • 1984
  • Japan
  • 1h 56min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Hayao Miyazaki
  • Cast: Sumi Shimamoto, Mahito Tsujimura

Japanese animation in which warrior princess Nausicaa struggles to prevent two warring nations from destroying themselves and their planet. Part of the Studio Ghibli season.

The King and the Mockingbird (Le Roi et l'oiseau)

  • 1980
  • France
  • 1h 23min
  • U
  • Directed by: Paul Grimault
  • Cast: Voices of Jean Martin, Pascal Mazzotti, Raymond Bussières

A chimney sweep and a shepherdess seek to escape from the clutches of a tyrannical king.

When Marnie Was There

6 Jun 20164 stars

Charming, Oscar-nominated animation from the ever-reliable Studio Ghibli

Animation powerhouse Studio Ghibli continues to prove that there is life beyond Miyazaki. Their first Japanese / European co-production The Red Turtle was a highlight of this year’s Cannes Film Festival. The Oscar-nominated When Marnie Was There marks a…


13 Jul 20114 stars

Studio Ghibli takes on The Borrowers and delivers charming results

(U) 94min Over three decades, the Studio Ghibli brand of animated storytelling has become a worldwide phenomenon through beloved classics My Neighbour Totoro, Spirited Away and the recent Ponyo. Although not directed by the studio’s co-founder Hayao…

From Up on Poppy Hill

29 Jul 20133 stars

Studio Ghibli's latest is an oddly conceived animation that partners community spirit with incest

Studio Ghibli have never played it safe by churning out sequels and remakes; instead they have chosen to push boundaries, notably with 1988’s groundbreaking Grave of the Fireflies, which stunningly depicted the lingering last few days of two children…

The Wind Rises

21 Apr 20144 stars

An engaging, deeply moving and mature Studio Ghibli film that exudes intelligence and compassion

Studio Ghibli founder Hayao Miyazaki has taken a few curtain calls in the past; if his final film is to be The Wind Rises, then he’ll be going out at the very top of his game. A beautifully animated study of Japanese aircraft designer Jiro Horikoshi…

Tales from Earthsea

1 Aug 20073 stars

The familiar Studio Ghibli look is there, but Tales From Earthsea, based on the books by writer of speculative fiction Ursula K Le Guin, is directed not by the great Hayao Miyazaki, but by his son Goro.

The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

16 Mar 20154 stars

Beautiful, feminist animation from Studio Ghibli's Isao Takahata

Not every little girl aspires to be a princess. Something that’s important to keep in mind while watching Isao Takahata’s feminist-slanted adaptation of an old Japanese folktale, 'The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter'. What may be Takahata’s last Studio Ghibli…

The Red Turtle

22 May 20175 stars

Life-affirming, Oscar-nominated animation from director Michaël Dudok de Wit

An Academy Award nominee in 2017's Best Animated Feature category, and co-produced by the renowned Studio Ghibli stable, The Red Turtle has a pedigree that might just make audiences curious enough to watch a wordless meditation on man's relationship…

Mary and the Witch's Flower

26 Feb 20184 stars

GFF 2018: The first feature from Studio Ponoc is a gorgeous and empowering animation

The idea for Studio Ponoc came about after the co-founder of Studio Ghibli, Hayao Miyazaki, announced his retirement from feature filmmaking. Two of the studio's alumni, producer Yoshiaki Nishimura and director Hiromasa Yonebayashi mark a new beginning…

5 highlights from the Glasgow Youth Film Festival

23 Jan 2013

Wreck-It Ralph and Studio Ghibli's Wolf Children form part of Glasgow Film Festival's youth strand

1. Girl Walk // All Day An outdoor, interactive screening of this New York-set dance film, a hit at last year’s South by South West Festival. It follows three dancers performing across the city to the sounds of DJ Girl Talk’s album All Day. (River Clyde…

Film Book round up

25 Jun 2009

Former stand-up comedian Robert Sellers hops across the pond to detail wild and fast times of Hollywood’s original bad boys with Bad Boy Drive (Preface) ●●●. Following on from his previous opus Hellraisers: The Life and Inebriated Times of Richard…


29 Oct 20184 stars

Japanese director Mamoru Hosoda serves up a whimsical tale of sibling rivalry

If The Boss Baby had boasted generous doses of Studio Ghibli-esque insight and imagination, it might have resembled this animated domestic fantasy from Japanese writer-director Mamoru Hosoda. Brimming with sweetness, charm, whimsy and some epic…

Highlights of the Scotland Loves Anime 2013 festival

8 Oct 2013

Five reasons to visit the Glasgow and Edinburgh showcase of the latest Japanese animation

The Scotland Loves Anime festival returns for its fourth year with a broad selection of Japanese animation. Visiting both Edinburgh's Filmhouse and the GFT, the festival provides one of the few chances to see anime on the big screen in Scotland. Plus…

Song of the Sea

6 Jul 20154 stars

Beguiling animation from Cartoon Saloon, with Brendan Gleeson

A beloved wife and mother disappears into the sea the night her baby girl is born. The bereft father, a lighthouse keeper, and his son cannot heal their grief and resentments. But when old powers awaken and little Saoirse’s selkie kindred call to her…