Naapurini Totoro (1988) – Helsinki International Film Festival - Love & Anarchy

Kasarmikatu 46-48, 00130 Helsinki
Savoy Theatre

Here is a children’s film made for the world we should live in, rather than the one we occupy. A film with no villains. No fight scenes. No evil adults. No fighting between the two kids. No scary monsters. No darkness before the dawn. A world that is benign. A world where if you meet a strange towering creature in the forest, you curl up on its tummy and have a nap.

My Neighbor Totoro has become one of the most beloved of all family films without ever having been much promoted or advertised. (…) Whenever I watch it, I smile, and smile, and smile.

This is one of the lovingly hand-crafted works of Hayao Miyazaki, often called the greatest of the Japanese animators, although his colleague at the Ghibli Studios, Isao Takahata, may be his equal. Remarkable that Totoro and Takahata’s Grave of the Fireflies, now both in my Great Movies selection, were released on the same double bill in 1988. Miyazaki has not until very recently used computers to help animate his films; they are drawn a frame at a time, the classic way, with the master himself contributing tens of thousands of the frames.

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

Theme: R&A Trailblazers
Country: Japan
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Screenplay: Hayao Miyazaki
Starring: Noriko Hidaka, Chika Sakamoto, Tatsuo Kusakabe
Production: Tôru Hara, Ned Lott / Tokuma Japan Communications, Studio Ghibli, Nibariki
Duration: 86 min
Age limit: S

Orig. title: Tonari no Totoro
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: Swedish, Finnish
Distribution: Cinema Mondo
Cinematography: Hisao Shirai, Mark Henley
Editing: Takeshi Seyama
Music: Joe Hisaishi