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The official website for Yume to Kyōki no Ōkoku (The Kingdom of Dreams & Madness), the documentary film about the acclaimed anime company Studio Ghibli, began streaming a trailer on Tuesday. Director Mami Sunada (Ending Note: Death of a Japanese Salaryman) followed Ghibli director Hayao Miyazaki as he worked on the Kaze Tachinu (The Wind Rises) film, director Isao Takahata as he worked on the film Kaguya-hime no Monogatari (The Tale of Princess Kaguya), and producer Toshio Suzuki as he worked on both projects.
The beginning of the trailer shows Miyazaki when he spoke at his retirement press conference saying, "This time, I am serious." It then shows Miyazaki as he thanked his staff after revealing his retirement. The trailer says that the documentary is "Mami's adventure when she quietly slipped inside Ghibli."
The documentary will open in Japanese theaters on Saturday. The Wind Rises is playing now in Japan and will open in North America on February 21. The Tale of Princess Kaguya will open in Japan on November 23.
Sunada explained why she put the word "Madness" in the title of the film:
I think that having a dream entails having a bit of madness, no matter what the profession. There are times when you will go to extremes, and times when you are feared by others for that.
Studio Ghibli's international arm revealed last month that it is working on subtitles for the documentary.