Hiroyuki Morita’s The Cat Returns is Fur-midable!

Based on Aoi Hiiragi’s manga about a schoolgirl’s adventure with a suave feline figure, Hiroyuki Morita’s The Cat Returns (2002) is another amazing adventure from Studio Ghibli. The film follows Haru Yoshioka, a shy and timid schoolgirl, who saves a cat who ends up being Prince Lune of the Cat Kingdom. The Cat Kingdom decide…

Miyazaki’s Howl’s Moving Castle Bewitches and Enchants!

After the international success of Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away (2001), Studio Ghibli set its sight on their next film project. Miyazaki decided on basing his film on the novel called Howl’s Moving Castle by author Diana Wynne Jones. Despite sharing the same name, and a few plot points, Miyazaki’s Howl’s Moving Castle (2004) is only…

Miyazaki’s My Neighbor Totoro is an enchanting masterpiece!

My Neighbor Totoro (1988) was the third film produced under the now legendary Studio Ghibli Studio. The film, directed by co-founder Hayao Miyazaki, follows two young sisters and their interaction with friendly wood spirits in postwar rural Japan. The two sisters, Satsuki and her young sister Mei, have to both deal with moving to a new house…

Bit Composer Analysis: Joe Hisaishi

Joe Hisaishi, whose birth name is Mamoru Fujisawa, is a Japanese film composer who is acclaimed worldwide for his scores. He was a frequent collaborator with Hayao Miyazaki and Takeshi Kitano, in which he is most popularly known for. Hisaishi has a deep appreciation for music, and like many composers he is influenced by classical…