Singapore, 28th February 2014 – Academy Award winner Hayao Miyazaki is the world’s most honoured creator of animation. His brilliant films have set new standards for animation directors around the world. He attained international acclaim when he won an Oscar for Spirited Away in 2003 and a Golden Lion for lifetime achievement in 2005. As a tribute to this legendary animation creator, Encore Films and Golden Village will organise a tribute screening showcasing his past works, titled “The World Of Hayao Miyazaki”, at selected Golden Village Multiplex theatres from 14 to 19 March 2014.
Studio Ghibli fans and people of all ages in Singapore can relive his past works on the big screens. They can look forward to eight animation titles created by Hayao Miyazaki, some of which have never been released in Singapore before. The eight titles are: Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984), Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989), My Neighbour Totoro (1989), Porco Rosso (1992), Princess Mononoke (1997), Castle In The Sky (1986), Howl’s Moving Castle (2004) and Ponyo On The Cliff By The Sea (2008). For the screening schedule, please click here: http://goo.gl/QMY0L9
These eight titles have received numerous nominations and awards over the career span of Hayao Miyazaki. Howl’s Moving Castle was nominated at the Oscars for Best Animated Feature Film of the Year and crowned Animation of the Year in 2004 at the Hollywood Film Festival. Ponyo On The Cliff By The Sea has bagged two awards at the Venice Film Festival and has received multiple award nominations.
“Singapore fans and newcomers alike will get a chance to see why Hayao Miyazaki is considered one of the greatest animation directors living today” said Joyce Lee, Managing Director, Encore Films. “We are happy to partner Golden Village Multiplex to bring these eight brilliant classic animation titles to Singapore.”
“Beyond our mainstream blockbuster offerings, we always look to provide alternative content to our loyal Golden Village movie-goers. This collaboration with Encore Films is in line with that promise and we are truly excited to provide the opportunity for Singaporeans to immerse themselves in the fantasy and magic of Hayao Miyazaki’s world”, said Ms. Clara Cheo, Chief Executive Officer, Golden Village Multiplex Pte. Ltd.
The World Of Hayao Miyazaki will be held exclusively at GV Bishan and GV Marina. Advance sales began on 27 February. Please click here: http://goo.gl/QMY0L9
The tribute screening will lead up to Hayao Miyazaki’s latest and final film, The Wind Rises, which will be released on 20 March in Singapore. The Wind Rises had topped the Japan’s Box Office for eight straight weeks, making it the highest-grossing Japanese film in Japan in 2013. As one of the most highly-anticipated films of the year, it received international acclaim from film critics. It garnered several prestigious awards, including nominations for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, the Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film, Annie Awards for Animated Feature Production and the Japan Academy Prize for Animation of the Year.
The Wind Rises is inspired by the true story of Jiro Horikoshi, the man who designed the nimble Zero fighter that Japan used to such deadly effect in World War II. The film chronicles the life of Jiro, who dreams of flying and designing beautiful airplanes, and depicts key historical events that impacted the world and the course of Jiro’s life. The Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923, the Great Depression, the tuberculosis epidemic and Japan’s plunge into war. He meets and falls in love with Nahoko, grows and cherishes his friendship with his colleague Honjo. A brilliant innovator, Jiro leads the aviation world into the future. Miyazaki is inspired by engineer Jiro Horikoshi and author Tatsuo Hori in his creation of the fictional character Jiro—the center of the epic tale of love, perseverance, the challenges of living and making choices in a turbulent world.
The Wind Rises opens in Singapore on 20 March 2014.
About Encore Films
ENCORE FILMS was established in 2003 with the aim of bringing quality movies to the audience in the South East Asia region. Our first movie acquisition, a Korean horror WISHING STAIRS was released in Singapore theatres nationwide on 13th November 2003 with resounding success. It was the All Time Box Office Number One Korean Film for the next 3 years.
In 2006, we released DEATH NOTE TRILOGY which grossed over $4.4million in Singapore. DEATH NOTE 2: THE LAST NAME is now the All Time Box Office Number One Japanese Film in Singapore.
In addition to our creditable track record, we also released numerous blockbusters including THE FORBIDDEN KINGDOM, A CHINESE GHOST STORY, THE LOST BLADESMAN and COLD WAR. COLD WAR won the "Best Film" in 32nd Hong Kong Film Award.
A full listing of our movie acquisitions can be found in our web site www.encorefilms.com/films.
About Golden Village Multiplex
Golden Village Multiplex Pte Ltd is Singapore's leading cinema exhibitor with 11 multiplexes housing 87 screens with locations at Yishun, Bishan Junction 8, Tiong Bahru Plaza, Jurong Point, Tampines Mall, Marina Square, Great World City, Plaza Singapura, 112 Katong, City Square and VivoCity, home to GV’s flagship cinema and Singapore’s only megaplex. Golden Village was established to develop and operate modern, luxurious multiplex cinemas and is the first local cinema company to personalize the movie-going experience through its Movie Club program. The prime mover in the introduction of the multiplex to Asia, Golden Village’s first imprint in Singapore was made on 28 May 1992 with the successful opening of the Yishun 10 cinema complex. Today, GV has a reputation of offering the widest choice of movies, unparalleled comfort, state-of-the-art design, prime locations and convenience.
Established in 1993, Golden Village Pictures (GVP) is Singapore's leading independent film distributor, releasing a wide range of blockbusters such as THE EXPENDABLES 2 and the SHERLOCK HOLMES series to Asian delights including JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI, THE FIERCE WIFE and TAICHI HERO. GVP is also the top distributor for home-grown films including TATSUMI, IMPERFECT and AH BOYS TO MEN.