The A to Z Of Studio Ghibli: J

To celebrate the release of Studio Ghibli ’s latest animation From Up On Poppy Hill on 2 August, we’re going to have a daily rummage through the Spirited Away studio’s magical history

J is for Joe Hisaishi (composer)

Hayao Miyazaki’s trusted go-to-guy for an awesome soundtrack. Hisaishi has been with Studio Ghibli since Nausicaä Of The Valley Of The Wind in 1984 and has been responsible for the scores for Laputa aka Castle In The Sky , My Neighbor Totoro , Kiki's Delivery Service , Porco Rosso , Princess Mononoke , Spirited Away , Howl's Moving Castle and Ponyo . Hisaishi also picked up his baton for the forthcoming release of The Wind Is Rising . Give this man an Oscar!

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The latest film from Studio Ghilbli, From Up On Poppy Hill , arrives in UK cinemas on 2 August. Featuring the voice talent of Gillian Anderson, Christina Hendricks, Jamie Lee Curtis, Anton Yelchin and Aubrey Plaza and is directed by Goro Miyazaki. Learn more at the official Studio Ghibli UK Facebook page

Dave Golder
Freelance Writer

Dave is a TV and film journalist who specializes in the science fiction and fantasy genres. He's written books about film posters and post-apocalypses, alongside writing for SFX Magazine for many years.