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: GBP 7.99
  • iTunes Rent Price: GBP 5.49
From 67 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.




  • Animator

    By Saeho Oh
    As an animator, i wanted to see more of the animation behind the scenes. But disappointed.
  • Every Ghibli fan should watch this

    By HPB100
    This is a truly personal, insightful and beautiful look into the mind of Miyazaki, and the workings of Studio Ghibli. It’s bittersweet and breathtaking.