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The Astor Theatre is paying tribute to legendary animator and film director Hayao Miyazaki, who recently announced his retirement, by bringing some of his best classics back to the big screen!
Studio Ghibli is a Japanese animation film studio that was co-founded by Hayao Miyazaki and his senior colleague Isao Takahata in 1985. Often referred to as the Disney of the East, Studio Ghibli has produced a number of critically acclaimed films, including Laputa Castle in the Sky (1986), My Neighbor Totoro (1988), and The Secret World of Arrietty (2010), that have captured the hearts and imaginations of children and adults alike.
After working in the film industry for half a century, 72-year-old Hayao Miyazaki formally announced that he will retire from filmmaking, and that his latest full-length feature film The Wind Rises, which is scheduled to be released in Australia in 2014, will sadly be his last.
Although we will be losing one of the greatest filmmakers of our time, he leaves behind a great legacy that will continue to inspire many generations to come. To honor his retirement, The Astor Theatre will be screening a selection of Studio Ghibli classics directed by Hayao Miyazaki in a special event called 'Hayao Miyazaki - A Legacy of Dreams'.
On November 25, the theatre will be running a double feature of two of Miyazaki's greatest masterpieces, Princess Mononoke (1997) and the Oscar-winning Spirited Away (2001). These two whimsical tales are sure to take you on an unforgettable journey beyond your wildest imagination.
The following week, on December 2, the theatre will present a double feature of Howl's Moving Castle (2004) and Ponyo (2008). Hayao Miyazaki's films are a breathtaking visual spectacle not to be missed on the big screen; combined with captivating plots and endearing characters, it is no wonder why these films are loved by so many.
Parents planning to bring along young children should note that all the films will be shown in their original Japanese dialogue with English subtitles.
Tickets can be purchased from the ticket box at the theatre on the day you wish to attend, from one hour before the session start time. Alternatively, you can purchase tickets in advance via the theatre's website.
For more information on the films and screening times, click here.