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Studio Ghibli Layout Exhibition in HK with 1,300 Hand-Drawn Sketches

Studio Ghibli Layout Exhibition in HK with 1,300 Hand-Drawn Sketches

A scene from the opening ceremony of Studio Ghibli Layout Exhibition

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The Studio Ghibli Layout Exhibition that has toured throughout Japan since 2008 opened at the Hong Kong Heritage Museum (address: 1 Man Lam Rd, Sha Tin) on May 14th. The event is being organized by the museum with the cooperation of the Ghibli Museum in Mitaka, a city near Tokyo, Japan.

Studio Ghibli, founded in 1985 and led by directors Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata, has devoted itself to the traditional techniques of drawing animations by hand while advances in digital technology continue apace. In Hong Kong, one of the few places to host the exhibit outside Japan, the museum has arranged a large exhibition space at the top of the escalators, where sketches from each animated film line the displays. Viewing the more than 1,300 pieces that formed the basis for the movies' scenes creates a lasting image of each film's vision.

The museum offers a behind-the-scenes peek into anime production. Some of the detailed instructions and handwritten comments have been translated into other languages, and there is a video interview with Director Miyazaki accompanied by subtitles in traditional Chinese characters and English.

The displays are packed with items ranging the entirety of the lengthy history of the studio's animated films, from the first movie, "Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind," to "The Wind Rises" and the latest work, "The Tale of Princess Kaguya." Also on display are numerous valuable layouts for pre-Ghibli films by Takahata and Miyazaki.

The museum is open from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (until 7:00 p.m. on weekends and holidays) and is closed on Tuesdays. Admission is HK$20 for adults and HK$10 for children (half-price on Wednesdays). The Studio Ghibli exhibit will remain until August 31st.

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