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Isao Takahata Brings Princess Kaguya to the Toronto International Film Festival

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I Miss Bionix doesn’t cover film festivals or convention screenings. There’s a few reasons for that; those screenings are highly local and time sensitive with little lead time. I’m also really lazy, so keeping up with a barrage of convention and festival coverage would be more than I can handle. I made an exception to covering film festivals a few years ago when TIFF had a heavy anime slate of films. While there’s not much for an anime fan at TIFF 2014, there’s something I need to make note of: Studio Ghibli’s and Isao Takahata’s Princess Kaguya will receive its North American debut at the festival. Not only that, Takahata will be present at the film’s first screening on September 5th. Continue reading

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TIFF 2011 World Premiere: A Letter To Momo Review

It has been more than 10 years since Hiroyuki Okiura made his mark on the world of anime with the film adaptation of Jin Roh: The Wolf Brigade. Will he be able to strike lightning once more with a drastically different film in A Letter To Momo? Was the seven year production worth it? The answer is overwhelming yes.

Warning, as this is based on the world premiere screening, very few people will have seen this film. As such, the plot will be spoiled if you continue to read on. If you’d like to read on without spoilers, I suggest skipping the next 6 paragraphs, which deal with the plot. Continue reading

Letters to Momo, and From Up On Poppy Hill to premiere at Toronto International Film Festival

This year’s TIFF has a distinctly anime flair. Hiroyuki Okiura and Production IG’s “A Letter To Momo” will make its world premiere, and Goro Miyazaki’s sophomore Ghilbi effort, “From Up On Poppy Hill” will make its international premiere at the Toronto film festival. Previously, the fest has played host to some unique anime productions, but this year it has scored some major premieres.

Hiroyuki Okiura’s “A Letter To Momo” is a tale about a girl struggling with the aftermath of her father’s passing. She finds a letter from her father, simple reading “Dear Momo”. She ponders what her father would have written. But she has deal with moving from Tokyo, into the family home in the small island of Shio. There she notices weird happenings going on. Things are disappearing, and she doesn’t know why. Here Momo decides to find out what’s causing this, and in turn takes part in her own coming of age story. After more than ten years, the director of “Jin Roh: The Wolf Brigade” returns with this beautifully animated tale seven years in the making. It makes its world premiere at TIFF September 10 at 4PM in the AMC 6 venue. To see all show times click here.

After the tumultuous production of “Tales of Earthsea”, many may have thought Goro Miyazaki would hang up the directing chair, and pursue another line of work at Studio Ghili. Well, it seems many were wrong, as the young director has returned with his sophomore effort, “From Up On Poppy Hill”. This film chronicles the story of 1964 Tokyo Olympics and the promise it brought to Japan, centred by shy highschool student Umi. Umi lives a very empty live. Her father was killed in the war, and her mother travels a lot. She’s often left to think to herself in her job managing a boarding house. But this boarding house is scheduled for demolition in the city’s modernization projects. Umi, and those of the boarding house derided this decision, and will attempt to keep their history at any cost. Goro Miyazaki’s sophomore effort tells the tale of love flourishing in even the most unexpected of places, and unlike “Tales of Earthsea”, this film has conquered Japanese audiences. “From Up On Poppy Hill” will make its first non-Japanese debut September 8 at 9:30 PM in the Bell sponsored TIFF Lightbox. To see all show times, click here

The festival will also play host to the world premiere of manga-based Smuggler, as well as premieres for Himizu, Kotoko, Monsters Club, Cut, and Space is the Place. All films will be played in their original Japanese audio, with English subtitles.

2011’s Toronto International Film Festival takes place from September 8 through the 18.

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