The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness

The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness

By Mami Sunada

  • Genre: Documentary
  • Release Date: 2013-11-16
  • Advisory Rating: PG
  • Runtime: 1h 57min
  • Director: Mami Sunada
  • Production Company: Ennet Co.
  • Production Country: Japan
  • iTunes Price: USD 14.99
  • iTunes Rent Price: USD 4.99
From 58 Ratings


While there have been numerous documentaries about Studio Ghibli made for television or for DVD features, no one had ever conceived of making a theatrical documentary feature about the famed animation studio. Yet that is precisely what filmmaker Mami Sunada set out to do in her first film since her acclaimed directorial debut, Death of a Japanese Salesman. With near-unfettered access inside the studio, Sunada follows the key personnel of Ghibli – director Hayao Miyazaki, producer Toshio Suzuki and the elusive “other” director, Isao Takahata – over the course of one year as the studio rushes to complete their two highly anticipated new films, Miyazaki’s The Wind Rises and Takahata’s The Tale of The Princess Kaguya. The result is a rare glimpse into the inner workings of one of the most celebrated animation studios in the world, and a portrait of their dreams, passion and dedication that borders on madness.




  • A Look Behind the Curtain

    By Frank C 66554321.
    A good look into the 72 year old master Miyazaki at work while making “The Wind Rises”. The film doesn’t go into the actual process of getting ink to screen, but concentrates more on the story board process and all the other decisions Miyazaki must make to complete the film.
  • mandatory for ghibli fans

    By patrickfaith
    Hard to write a review on this film, it’s just mandatory for any ghibli fan. I had a hard time getting into “the wind rises”, this film goes into detail on the struggle to make that film.
  • Awesome

    By rgfergevryhryt
    It's just really awesome