Ever since its establishment in 1985, by visionaries Hayao Miyazaki, Isao Takahata and Toshio Suzuki, Studio Ghibli has come to be associated with cinema that provokes you to pause and reflect on the way you exist.
Whether it’s through Chihiro’s adventures in the spirit world in the much-acclaimed Spirited Away (2001) or the deeply angry and moving Princess Mononoke (1997), Studio Ghibli movies are a genre of their own.
Characterised by stunning visuals, magical realism, and a moving background score, these movies have made an art form out of making plotless movies so immensely watchable and memorable. This is because of the studio’s fascination with the idea of ‘Ma’, or ‘space’, which allows you to process big events before moving on to the next.
Now that we’ve been reminded yet again why there are only few geniuses like Miyazake with his final film The Boy and The Heron already making waves internationally, it’s time to revisit some of our favourite Studio Ghibli films that are warm and comforting…