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Tag: Studio Ghibli

Podcast On Fire 253: 2017 Christmas Special

We close out 2017 with the return of the Podcast On Fire Network Virtual Pub Quiz! Reigning champion Kenny B is your Lord Quizmaster and the contestants are Tom K-W, Paul Fox (East Screen West Screen) and Todd Stadtman (author of Please Don’t Be Waiting For Me). The show is definitely not sponsored by Hallmark.

Podcast On Fire Network Bonus Episode 36: Members Only Archive Dusted #14

Consisting of outtakes and deleted material (previously only available to forum members) out of Podcast On Fire 47, 48 and 49 with Stoo, Kenny B, Mike Banner and Adam Torel of Third Window Films from 2009, this collection feature tangents and outtakes concerning then current release news from CineAsia, Drunken Master II, awards season, annoying comedy-actors, classic Korean cinema such as JSA, how Ken got burned by an ebay seller and we weigh in (probably yet again) on the Edison Chen photo-scandal.

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Japan On Fire 12: My Neighbours The Yamadas (1999)

Studio Ghibli season continues and we switch visionaries. This time Isao Takahata gets his due with a brief bio before Stoo and Ken dive deep into the sparsely animated family comedy My Neighbours The Yamadas. A movie that has not yet got its domestic abuse sequel despite being a domestic snapshot. One can dream. We had mic troubles on Stoo’s end so for a few minutes between 22.49 and 30.15 Stoo switches temporarily to his laptop mic so there’s an echoey few minutes there.

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Running times:
00m 00s – Intro/Isao Takahata background
19m 45s – Background, plot, My Neighbours The Yamadas review

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Japan On Fire 11: Laputa Castle In The Sky

The Japan On Fire crew continue the Studio Ghibli coverage (Intro episode HERE) and it’s suitable to start at the point WHERE it started. Therefore it’s all Laputa – Castle In The Sky in this episode!

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Running times:
00m 00s-15m 03s      Intro, Hayao Miyazaki bio
15m 14s-31m 44s        Laputa Castle In The Sky plot and background
31m 45s-End                 Laputa Castle In The Sky review

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Japan On Fire 10: Studio Ghibli (Introduction)

It’s time to put forth more than just sporadic love for the animated wonders done over at Studio Ghibli but before taking on Laputa – Castle In The Sky in episode 2, Stoo and Ken do a brief history on the studio and talk of their first experiences with both anime in general but in particular with Ghibli. Follow us and Totoro above throughout this new Japan On Fire-series!

My Neighbors the Yamadas (1999)


Plot: The Yamada’s are the typical city family, mum, dad, two children and a their grandmother. The movie is made up of over twenty different episodes from the Yamada’s live. Everything from accidentally leaving their young daughter at a shopping mall to the mysterious ‘Moonlight Rider’ saving members of the family from Gangsters. Read More

The Cats Return (2002)

THE CATS RETURNPlot: When a young school girl called Haru saves a cat from being run over by a truck she finds herself being the receiver of many gifts, although Mice and Cat Tails isn’t to everyone’s taste. These gifts are being presented to her from the King of Cats – King Cat. The little Cat she saved turned out to be his son, Prince Lune.

King Cat decides that Haru would be the perfect bride for his son and summons her to come to the Cat Kingdom. Obviously you can expect that Haru doesn’t want to become the bride of a Cat, even if he’s a prince.

Haru soon confines in the help of two cats from the ‘Cat Bureau’ are of assistance. There is the grumpy fat cat – Muta and the robin hood/Zorro type hero – Baron. They agree to assist her and help her find away out of this contract. Read More