I've collected most of the Studio Ghibli's anime/movies. Started to fall in love with all the movies when EMB bought "Spirited Away" - directed by Hayao Miyazaki. Award winning at the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature at the 75th Academy Awards, the Golden Bear at the 2002 Berlin International Film Festival. I have friends that also fans of Miyazaki & Studio Ghibli. We exchange Dvd's, & keep updated to any Ghibli's new movie.
Here's are the list of my collection except for no. 18 & 19....haven't got chance yet to buy! (source: WIKIPEDIA)
|#||Film||Original release date||Director||IMDB rating||Rotten Tomatoes Rating||Budget (in USD$)||Gross (in USD$)|
|1||Castle in the Sky||August 2, 1986||Hayao Miyazaki|
|2||Grave of the Fireflies||April 16, 1988||Isao Takahata|
|3||My Neighbor Totoro||April 16, 1988||Hayao Miyazaki|
|4||Kiki's Delivery Service||July 29, 1989||Hayao Miyazaki|
|5||Only Yesterday||July 20, 1991||Isao Takahata|
|6||Porco Rosso||July 18, 1992||Hayao Miyazaki|
|7||Ocean Waves||May 3, 1993||Tomomi Mochizuki|
|8||Pom Poko||July 16, 1994||Isao Takahata|
|9||Whisper of the Heart||July 15, 1995||Yoshifumi Kondō|
|10||Princess Mononoke||July 12, 1997||Hayao Miyazaki|
|11||My Neighbors the Yamadas||July 17, 1999||Isao Takahata|
|12||Spirited Away||July 27, 2001||Hayao Miyazaki|
|13||The Cat Returns||July 19, 2002||Hiroyuki Morita|
|14||Howl's Moving Castle||November 20, 2004||Hayao Miyazaki|
|15||Tales from Earthsea||July 29, 2006||Gorō Miyazaki|
|16||Ponyo||July 19, 2008||Hayao Miyazaki|
|17||The Secret World of Arrietty||July 17, 2010||Hiromasa Yonebayashi|
|18||From up on Poppy Hill||July 16, 2011||Gorō Miyazaki|
|19||The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter||Summer 2013||Isao Takahata|
There's one movie called Howl's Moving Castle based on novel by Diana Wynne Jones. Soon after I watched that movie, I urged EMB to buy me that novel. Been searching for that novel at local bookstore but couldn't get it. At last, EMB found it at the Amazon.com & ordered one for me.
|pic from google|
Plot summary (source:wikipedia)A young woman named Sophie Hatter is the eldest of three daughters living in the town of Market Chipping in the magical kingdom of Ingary, where many fairy-tale tropes are accepted ways of life. She is very deft with the needle and makes the most beautiful hats and dresses. She unknowingly talks life into objects. As the eldest, she is resigned to the "fact" that she will have no chance of finding her fortune, accepting that she will have a dull life running the family hat shop—until she is turned into an old crone by the Witch of the Waste, a powerful witch who was not satisfied by Sophie's hats. Sophie leaves the shop and finds work as a cleaning lady for the notorious Howl, famed in her town for eating the hearts of beautiful young women, trying to make a bargain to be returned to her authentic age.
Sophie soon learns that Howl, a rather self-absorbed, dishonest and cavalier but ultimately good-natured person (and an extraordinary wizard), spreads these malicious rumours about himself to ensure his privacy and smear his own reputation to avoid work and responsibility. The door to his castle is actually a portal that opens onto four different places: the moving castle Sophie first encounters in the hills above Market Chipping, the seaside city of Porthaven, the royal capital of Kingsbury and Howl's boyhood home in Wales, where he was named Howell Jenkins.
Sophie strikes a bargain with Howl's resident fire demon, Calcifer: if Sophie can break the contract Howl and Calcifer have signed, then Calcifer will return Sophie to her original form. Part of the contract, however, stipulates that neither Howl nor Calcifer can disclose the terms of the contract to any third party. Sophie tries to guess the specifics of the contract, while Calcifer supplies frequent hints which Sophie usually doesn't pick up. Howl realizes that Sophie is under a spell and secretly attempts to remove the curse; when met with failure, he comes to the conclusion that Sophie wants to remain an old woman.
Howl's apprentice Michael Fisher runs most of the day-to-day affairs of Howl's business, while Howl chases his ever-changing paramours. Howl and Michael court Sophie's two younger sisters Lettie and Martha, respectively. Martha, the youngest, was sent to study magic, while the middle sister, Lettie, was apprenticed at a local bakery. Disguising herself as Lettie, Martha arranged for the two of them to switch places, as Fanny (Martha's mother and Sophie and Lettie's stepmother) did not take their wishes into account when arranging their apprenticeships.
When Prince Justin (the King's younger brother) goes missing while searching for Wizard Suliman (Benjamin Sullivan, also from Wales), the King orders Howl to find Suliman and Justin and kill the Witch of the Waste. Howl, however, has his own reasons to avoid seeking a confrontation with the Witch of the Waste; the Witch, a jaded former lover, has laid a curse on him. Howl attempts to weasel out of it by having Sophie, pretending to be his mother, petition against the appointment— but to no avail. Instead of blackening Howl's name like he asked Sophie to do, she gets him appointed the new Royal Wizard, the post he has been trying to avoid for years.
Howl continues to avoid the Witch of the Waste until she lures Sophie into a trap; believing that the Witch has taken Howl's current love interest, Lily Angorian, captive, Sophie goes to save her and is in turn captured by the Witch of the Waste. Howl comes to save Sophie and defeats the Witch of the Waste. He knew all along that Miss Angorian was actually the Witch's fire demon in disguise. The Witch's fire demon had, over the years, taken control of the Witch and, once the Witch is defeated, tries to take Howl's heart to stay alive. Howl is able to stop the demon but fails because Miss Angorian took hold of Calcifer and tried to squeeze Howl's heart out of him. Sophie uses her talent of talking things to life to break the contract between Howl and Calcifer without killing either of them. Sophie has been unconsciously retaining the spell on herself, but her concern for Howl weakens the spell, and with the death of the Witch of the Waste, who was a significant force behind the spell as well, Calcifer, as promised, breaks the spell the second she concludes the contract between him and Howl, and she returns to her proper age. When Howl awakens, he destroys the witch's fire demon. This breaks the curse on Wizard Suliman and Prince Justin, whom the Witch had fused together in an effort to create a 'perfect human' (Howl's head was meant to complete the being) to use as a puppet to rule Ingary.
Calcifer returns under the condition that he can come and go as he wishes. Sophie and Howl admit they love each other (without actually saying it) and Howl suggests they live happily ever after.
***soon after I read that novel, I got pregnant & I told EMB that if the baby is girl I'll definitely will name her "SOPHIE"! That's how my daughter Sophie got her name...hahaha...
|Hayao Miyazaki - pic from: wikipedia|
|this is my lovely Totoro (large forest spirit), my favourite character from "My Neighbour Totoro"|