The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness | 夢と狂気の王国 J-Film


Presented by JICC, Embassy of Japan and the Japan Commerce Association of Washington DC

Riveting and revealing!

The Hollywood Reporter

Four stars! A work of immense beauty!

Daily News

Heartfelt and moving!

The Guardian

From the director of Ending Note: Death of a Japanese Salesman.

Granted near-unfettered access to the notoriously insular Studio Ghibli, director Mami Sunada follows the three men who are the lifeblood of Ghibli – the eminent director Hayao Miyazaki, the producer Toshio Suzuki, and the elusive and influential “other director” Isao Takahata – over the course of a year as the studio rushes to complete two films, Miyazaki’s The Wind Rises and Takahata’s The Tale of The Princess Kaguya. The result is a rare “fly on the wall” glimpse of the inner workings of one of the world’s most celebrated animation studios, and an insight into the dreams, passion and singular dedication of these remarkable creators.



Born in 1978, Mami Sunada studied documentary filmmaking while at Keio University before apprenticing as a director’s assistant under Hirokazu Kore-eda and others. Her directorial debut, DEATH OF A JAPANESE SALESMAN (2011), a documentary about her father’s last days after being diagnosed with cancer, garnered numerous first-time director awards. The film’s revenue also surpassed 100 million yen at the box office, exceptional for a documentary. Her latest film is THE KINGDOM OF DREAMS AND MADNESS (2013).

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