Mai Mai Miracle on the big screen in London

The Japanimation/LCFF screenings of Hayao Miyazaki’s Ponyo at the Barbican cinema are sure to be popular.

Just to make it even better, 26 November’s Japanimation session is now a two-movie event. The second screening will be Sunao Katabuchi’s Mai Mai Miracle.

With animation by Madhouse and a screenplay from the director, the movie has been widely described as “Ghibli-esque.” This is no surprise – not only does it occupy familiar territory to both Miyazaki and Takahata fans, with nostalgic looks back at bygone days and an interest in how we become the people we are, but Katabuchi worked with the gods of Ghibli before Ghibli came to be. He was on the script team on Sherlock Hound years before his stint as an assistant director on Kiki’s Delivery Service. Comparing his mature work with Miyazaki Senior’s on a big screen with theatre sound is a chance no Ghibli fan will want to miss.

Booking opens on 11 October.


4 thoughts on “Mai Mai Miracle on the big screen in London

    • I’ll check this with the Barbican team when I see them tonight – it depends what Optimum can offer us, but as a general rule we always go for subs when we can get the for Japanimation screenings. The LCFF screening will be the dub, of course, as it’s aimed at children.

  1. I’ll definitely be there – if you’re coming do say hello. Ilex are taking a stand for the first time, and some of their authors will be there all weekend signing books. I’ll definitely be around all weekend as I hope to shift a few copies of my new Tezuka book.

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