The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness

2014 NR 1h 58m DVD

The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness

2014 NR 1h 58m DVD
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For anime lovers, Tokyo's Studio Ghibli is hallowed ground. This engrossing documentary takes viewers inside as it follows three of the studio's guiding lights -- including legendary director Hayao Miyazaki -- over the course of a year.
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.78:1
Japanese: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
NR - Not rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
age 9+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 9+
age 9+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness goes behind the scenes at Studio Ghibli, home of acclaimed Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki, to see how he and his team create their movies. It will appeal to any fan of his work, though there's not much action, and younger viewers may not be especially enthralled. It's in Japanese with English subtitles, which means it's best for kids who can read independently. And you can expect to see plenty of people smoking cigarettes as they work.

Sexual Content

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Social Behavior

Hayao Miyazaki's films are both beautiful and inspiring, and seeing how he goes about making them is equally fascinating.


The entire film promotes the work of Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli, especially the films The Wind Rises and The Tale of the Princess Kaguya.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Miyazaki and several other people in the film are often seen smoking cigarettes.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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