Thanks to all who’ve made this a very popular list, in spite of glitches causing dozens of fans to suddenly disappear :(
A big welcome to the land of cinematic wonders!
I’ve aimed for a rounded overview to include not only personal favourites but popular hits and international award winners, animé landmarks, avant-
garde films, the New Wave, erotic “pink films” and the great classics that are still the glory of world cinema.
Much of silent cinema before the 1930s has been lost, its Benshi narrators displaced but good finally to have the landmark film Souls on the Road on Mubi. In the 20s directors were able to learn their trade through prolific practice, aware of and encorporating developments in both the Soviet Union and the West… and then, what a wealth of wonders! Older masters: the unequalled aesthetic refinement of Mizoguchi, the charm of Shimizu, the quiet observational wisdom of Ozu, the tragically curtailed promise of Yamanaka, the balanced restraint of Naruse, the muscular humanism of Kurosawa… Then, a new generation from the late 50s, in full swing in the sexually freer 60s: the idealism of Kobayashi, the political bite of Oshima, the earthy subversion of Imamura, the cool of Suzuki and Masumura. the avant-garde Terayama.. So many to explore: Yoshida, Ichikawa Kon, Teshigahara, Shinoda, Wakamatsu, Kumai, the documentaries of Ogawa and Hara, the stop motion master Kawamoto, the blood soaked Fukasaku.. the rise of animé, with the international success of Studio Ghibli and Miyazaki’s beautiful flights of fancy, the spiky Tsukamoto, the popular appeal of Kitano, the prolific shocker Miike.. up to the present with Koreeda, Naomi Kawase, Sono, Kurosawa Kiyoshi… oh and i almost went without mentioning Samurai and Godzilla.
Missing on TMDB as of now:
ID: tt0242845, Title: Narita: The Peasants of the Second Fortress, Year: -
From the breakthrough of Akira in 1988 through the exquisite films of Miyazaki Hayao to the recent blockbuster Your Name, Japanese animation has captivated audiences around the world. But anime’s history runs deeper still. Here we select 50 titles that celebrate its full, fascinating riches.
Andrew Osmond provides an entertaining and illuminating guide to the endlessly diverse styles, cultures, and visions of the genre, with entires on 100 of the most interesting and important animated films from around the world, from the 1920s to the present day.
A challenge from MAL's Anime Watching Challenges group. A handpicked list of top recommendations from the Critics and Connoisseurs club.
MAL and Trakt split shows and seasons very differently. I did my best.
A challenge from MAL's Anime Watching Challenges group. Includes Ghibli films and other creations by the founders of Studio Ghibli.
Details & Extras:
Not on List:
[X] #09 - Choujuu Giga (CM)
[X] #48 - Nisshin Seifun Group CM
[X] #66 - Taiko no Tatsujin: 15 Shuunenkinen Short Animation (CM)
Well, I didn't keep this list updated for two hole years. I'm sorry for that. Miyazaki's Short-film "Boro the Catapillar" and Studio Ponocs first major movie "Marry and the Witches Flower" have been released.
Still have to watch both of them, sadly missed the limited cinema release of Marry, here in Germany.
It was also confirmed that Miyazaki and his Son Goro (Earthsea, From Up on Poppy Hills, Ronia) are currently working on two separate movies that will feature 3D-Animation in some kind of form. Miyazaki's movie is called "How Do You Live?" and is based on a novel with the same name by Yoshino Genzaburō.
There are currently no informations about Goros film.
Studio Ponoc has released "Ponoc Short Films Theatre, Volume 1 - Modest Heroes" in 2018. A three part anthology film featuring 20 minute stories written and directed by former Ghibli employees.
A trailer can be found here: https://youtu.be/wvH862Px4g0
From the title "Volume 1" we can expect more of these anthology-films in the future.
The collection sadly did not get a release here in Germany. :(
Studio Ponoc just released Trailer #3 for Mary and The Witch's Flower. Looks awesome: https://youtu.be/WfCNyIQ6yzU
This is a comprehensive list of Studio Ghibli related people and their work.
It contains some older work by Miyazaki and Takahata which is everything from before Studio Ghibli's formation in 1985 (Yes, Nausicaä is actually not a Studio Ghibli Movie). Including Miyazaki's and Takahata's directorial debuts Lupin the Third: The Castle of Cagliostro and The Little Norse Prince as well as some well-known World Masterpiece Theater TV Series directed by them.
The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness is a feature film long, behind the scenes, documentary following the work at Studio Ghibli during the production of Miyazaki's and Takahata's final movies The Wind Rises and The Tale of the Princess Kaguya.
Work by Studio Ghibli staff after the announcement to restructure the company in 2014:
Ronia the Robber's Daughter is a CG animated TV Series based on the children's book by Astrid Lindgren. Directed by Hayao Miyazaki's son Gorō Miyazaki, animated by Polygon Pictures and co-produced by Studio Ghibli.
The Red Turtle is another co-production, this time between the Dutch-British animator Michaël Dudok de Wit, German distribution company Wild Bunch and Studio Ghibli. The movie was nominated for 2017's Oscars in the category: Animated Feature Film.
Even though Miyazaki (once again) went into retirement 3 years ago he decided to come back and work on the animated short film Kemushi no Boro (Boro the Caterpillar) set to release in summer of 2017. Here are some clips taken during production:
After the restructuring announcement, part of the staff decided to create Studio Ponoc in 2015. The word Ponoc is Croatian for "midnight", it's meant to symbolize that a new day is starting. Here is the first trailer from their newly announced movie Mary and The Witch's Flower directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi (Arrietty and Marnie) set to release sometime in 2017:
A top-notch analysis about what makes Miyazaki's movies so special:
Hayao Miyazaki - The Essence of Humanity by Channel Criswell
About Miyazaki's scene composition:
How Hayao Miyazaki Maps A Setting by Digibro
A retrospective of Japanese animation:
Miyazaki, Lineage, and Depth by Pause and Select
Have fun watching
/u/StopReadinMyUsername on reddit created a list called "1001 'GREATEST' MOVIES OF ALL TIME" in 2015.
Since this list is still very popular, he posted an updated list on reddit in April 2020.
For this list he combined the average scores from IMDb, Letterboxd, Rotten Tomatoes & Metacritic, and tweaked the results with data from Letterboxd, iCheckMovies, TSPDT?, TMDb and IMDb.