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5 classic Studio Ghibli animated movies are coming to theatres

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Thor Diakow Jul 26, 2017 7:39 am 7,661

Attention, anime lovers! Cineplex is bringing five iconic films from Japanese animation house Studio Ghibli to theatres across Canada.

The series will start this weekend and run through December. Each movie will screen twice: once as an English dubbed version, as well as once in Japanese with English subtitles.

For participating theatres and showtimes, search ‘Ghibli’ on the Cineplex website.

The ‘Studio Ghibli Anime Series’ includes the following films:

Kiki’s Delivery Service

Image: Studio Ghibli

Dates: July 30 (English), August 2 (Japanese)
Runtime: 113 minutes

From legendary director Hayao Miyazaki comes the beloved story of a resourceful young witch who uses her broom to create a delivery service, only to lose her gift of flight in a moment of self-doubt. The English dubbed version includes performances by Kirsten Dunst, Phil Hartman, and Janeane Garofalo.

Castle in the Sky

Image: Studio Ghibli

Dates: August 27 (English), August 30 (Japanese)
Runtime: 125 minutes

A young girl with a mysterious crystal pendant falls out of the sky and into the arms and life of young Pazu. Together they search for a floating island in the sky, the site of a long-dead civilization promising enormous wealth and power to those who can unlock its secrets. The English dubbed version includes performances by Anna Paquin, James Van Der Beek, Mark Hamill and Mandy Patinkin.

Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind

Image: Studio Ghibli

Dates: September 24 (English), September 27 (Japanese)
Runtime: 117 minutes

The debut film from Hayao Miyazaki, Nausicaä is considered by many to be his masterwork. Set in a devastated future world decimated by atmospheric poisons and swarming with gigantic insects, Nausicaä is the story of a young princess whose love for all living things leads her into terrible danger.  The English dubbed version includes performances by Alison Lohman, Uma Thurman, Patrick Stewart, and Shia LaBeouf.

Spirited Away

Image: Studio Ghibli

Dates: October 29 (English), November 1 (Japanese)
Runtime: 125 minutes

This Academy Award-winning masterpiece is still Japan’s biggest box office hit of all time. Wandering through an abandoned carnival site, 10-year-old Chichiro is separated from her parents and stumbles into a dreamlike spirit world. Here she encounters a vast menagerie of impossibly inventive characters. The English dubbed version includes performances by Lauren Holly, David Ogden Stiers, and Michael Chiklis.

Howl’s Moving Castle

Image: Studio Ghibli

Dates: December 3 (English), December 6 (Japanese)
Runtime: 119 minutes

A teen girl finds her life thrown into turmoil when she is literally swept off her feet by a handsome but mysterious wizard named Howl. But after this chance meeting, she is turned into a 90-year old woman by the conniving Witch of the Waste. The film was the second Studio Ghibli movie to be nominated for Best Animated Feature at the Academy Awards.  The English dubbed version includes performances by Christian Bale, Emily Mortimer, Josh Hutcherson, Jena Malone, and Billy Crystal.

For participating theatres and showtimes, search ‘Ghibli’ on the Cineplex website.

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Thor Diakow
Thor Diakow is a national film critic, producer for Breakfast Television Vancouver on City, and frequent contributor to Rogers Radio.

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