xi's moments
Home | Film & TV

Restored animated classic of Hayao Miyazaki set to open on Children's Day

By Xu Fan | chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2023-05-25 08:58

A scene in the Castle in the Sky features the two protagonists and a robot. [Photo provided to China Daily]

A restored version of Castle in the Sky, the first film produced by the famous Studio Ghibli in Japan, will be released in Chinese theaters on Children's Day, which falls on June 1.

The movie, directed by legendary animator Hayao Miyazaki, tells the story of a girl and a boy who embark on an adventure to protect a mysterious crystal that bestows the power of flight from a power-hungry army, a group of secret agents and a family of pirates.

The film held advanced screenings in six cities including Beijing, Shanghai and Xi'an in Shaanxi province on May 21, attended by many diehard fans of Miyazaki.

Artists from Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra performed the soundtracks of five of Hayao Miyazaki’s classic movies, including Castle in the Sky, in Shanghai on May 21. [Photo provided to China Daily]

During the Shanghai event, the musicians from Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra performed pieces from the soundtracks of five classic Miyazaki films, respectively My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away, Ponyo, Howl's Moving Castle, and Castle in the Sky.

Junichi Nishioka, a representative from Studio Ghibli, attended the Shanghai event, revealing that his decision to join the studio 25 years ago was partly due to the profound impact of Castle in the Sky, which originally premiered in 1986.

He added that the movie, which appeals to audiences of different ages, laid the foundation for direction of Studio Ghibli.

Nishioka also revealed that Miyazaki's new movie How Do You Live is scheduled to be released in Japan on July 14.

"After this movie is released, Miyazaki may say he wants to retire again, but please don't believe him," Nishioka said, jokingly. Over the past 30 years, Miyazaki, arguably the most influential Japanese director of animated films, has announced his a "retirement" several times, but has always returned to direct another film.

Poster of Castle in the Sky. [Photo provided to China Daily]
Global Edition
Copyright 1995 - . All rights reserved. The content (including but not limited to text, photo, multimedia information, etc) published in this site belongs to China Daily Information Co (CDIC). Without written authorization from CDIC, such content shall not be republished or used in any form. Note: Browsers with 1024*768 or higher resolution are suggested for this site.
License for publishing multimedia online 0108263

Registration Number: 130349