Considering the comments and advertising at YouTube, that is probably for the best (Vimeo is far more pleasant). You might be able to remember the event anyway – after "Ue o Muite Arukō" became ubiquitous in Japan in 1961, the British Kenny Ball and His Jazzmen had success with an instrumental of it, retitled "Sukiyaki", in early 1963, which led to the Japanese-language original reaching № 6 here and № 1 in the USA in the summer.

That is a nice coincide!

Thank you for replying anyway; I've also asked with her mother whom I think has the email, as that's easier for sending Web address by, but the number you've sent for texts will do if they don't have one either.

They do tend to take a few years to reach here, and then get very small releases, when they don't have the Miyazaki name attached. I had optimistically expected that a new one from Takahata would be considered cause for equal or better treatment, but no.
Evidently, I never got around to looking up the nearest venue playing The Wind Rises for you when it was released – something I can’t forgive myself for, as that’s the last feature MIYAZAKI Hayao will direct. I can do the same for (probably) the last directed by TAKAHATA Isao, The Tale of The Princess Kaguya, which is released this Friday, 20 March: however, while The Wind Rises got a “Wide” release The Princess Kaguya is only “Key Cities”, so the closest announced so far and that there’s likely to be is FACT in Liverpool.

You can find showing times at:

If that is too far away, one can set a reminder to emailed should a nearer screening be announced at:

Takahata is the original director of the “Ghibli school”, whom MIYAZAKI Hayao worked under designing visual concepts and compositions before moving into directing himself, and a great admirer of Paul GRIMAULT (La Séance de spiritisme est terminée, Le Messager de la lumière), the early Disney features, Ivan IVANOV-VANO (Seasons), Lev ATAMANOV (Ballerina on a Boat) and Michel OCELOT (Icare). With The Princess Kaguya he’s been able – after decades of considering it too expensive and unsuited to division of labour – to make a whole feature of animation drawn in soft pencil strokes similar to those of The Snowman and the other TV Cartoons specials, though here used to imitate Japanese ink painting.

The original voice talent includes the Kabuki actor NAKAMURA Shichinosuke (the young Emperor Meiji in The Last Samurai) as emperor again and NAKADAI Tatsuya (lead in KUROSAWA Akira's Kagemusha, Ran and many others from many of the greats of Japanese cinema) making a cameo as a charcoal-maker.

The score – which'll be featured in Sound of Cinema on Saturday, 4:00 PM on BBC Radio 3 – is the first for Takahata by HISAISHI Jō (who normally composes for Miyazaki Hayao films such as
Princess Mononoke, of which we got you the recording of the symphony suite) and the Background Supervisor is for the first time in 16 years OGA Kazuo (that of My Neighbour Totoro, of which you've seen the Art of book, as well as Porco Rosso and Princess Mononoke). Here are a couple of examples of his concept art, of which there's more at and more information at

Finally, there’ll also be a season of previous Ghibli features on Film4, though starting a week after the new one opens, on 28 March. I’ll try to point out those showing in the original language in another email before then and may, if I've finished it by then, be able to lend you The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter, on which The Princess Kaguya is based, on the Sunday.

Lots of love,

Paul GRIMAULT 1931–1951

UPA film 1943+

  • 1951 "Gerald McBoing Boing" [Jolly Frolics] (January 25; released for Oscar consideration in 1950)
  • 1953 "Melody" (May 28)
  • 1953 "Toot, Whistle, Plunk and Boom" (November 10)
  • 1953 "The Tell-Tale Heart" (December 27)
  • 1954 "How Now Boing Boing" (September 9)
  • 1956 "Gerald McBoing! Boing! on Planet Moo" (February 9)
  • 1957 "Koneko no rakugaki", literally "Kitten's graffiti" (May 13) 1/2 2/2

Walerian BOROWCZYK 1957–1958

  • 1963 "Taiyō no ōji: Horusu no daibōken", literally "Prince of the sun: The great adventure of Hols" (March 24)
  • "Seasons" Director: Ivan Ivanov-Vano (1969)

Frédéric BACK 1970–1981

  • Battle by Kerzhenets 1971, 10 min.

Screenplay: I.Ivanov-Vano
Directors: I.Ivanov-Vano, Y.Norshteyn

  • Yuri Norstein (1973) Fox and Rabbit
  • Heron and Crane (Caplja i Zdral) 1974

Michel OCELOT 1976–1989

Benjamin RENNER ("Le Corbeau voulant imiter l'aigle", "La Queue de la souris", "Le Plus Gros Président du monde"), Vincent Patar ("Babyroussa the Babiroussa") and Stéphane Aubier ("Saint-Nicolas chez les Baltus", "Pic Pic André Shoow : The First", "Pic Pic André Shoow : Le Deuxième", "Les Baltus au cirque", "Pic Pic André Shoow : Quatre moins un", "Panique au village" shorts and feature)

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