Ghibli Retrospective Exhibit to Open in Tokyo in July
posted on by Eric Stimson
With the retirement of Hayao Miyazaki and Toshio Suzuki, it is widely acknowledged that Studio Ghibli has reached the end of an era. To celebrate its three decades of enchanting and inspiring audiences around the world, a major exhibit on Ghibli is opening in Roppongi Hills, Tokyo in July.
Ghibli no Daihakurankai (The Great Ghibli Exhibit) will showcase memorabilia like production artwork, memos, and film posters from across Ghibli's history, as well as statues of Ghibli characters and a reproduction of a Ghibli desk. It will be held in the 52nd floor of Tokyo City View, granting it a panorama of Tokyo. There will also be a souvenir shop with oodles of Ghibli goodies.
Ticket prices to the exhibit vary from 600 yen ($5.65) for children after 6 PM to 2,200 yen ($20.75) for a regular ticket. They can be reserved at Lawticke. The exhibit lasts from July 7 to September 11.
In other retrospective Ghibli news, longtime Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki released his memoirs, Ghibli no Nakama-tachi ("My Friends at Ghibli"), on June 17. It discusses his thirty years of involvement in film production, from Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind to When Marnie Was There. The book comprises six chapters, covering topics like the era before he got into marketing and was solely interested in filmmaking and how the fad for cross-promotion changed movie marketing. It also includes many behind-the-scenes anecdotes about his coworkers and friends, Miyazaki and Isao Takahata (Ghibli's main directors).
"'This is how I came to sell movies': A famous producer reveals the story of his marketing and advertising for the first time."
Suzuki retired from Ghibli in 2014, although he acted as executive producer for When Marnie Was There. He also produced the Japanese-language version of Garm Wars: The Last Druid, which is currently playing in Japan after a 2015 release in North America.
The Ghibli Museum in Mitaka will also reopen in July with new exhibits. Miyazaki has also published the production artwork for his proposed version of Pippi Longstocking and alternate storybook version of Princess Mononoke.