My parents are both refugees from Vietnam. My mom works in funerals and my dad works at Burger King, and their whole lives their only dream was essentially to put my sisters and me in a position where we could have the luxury of having a dream. Because I think a lot of people don’t realize that that is a luxury. You have to meet a lot of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs before you can get to the point where you even think about having a dream.


Studio Ponoc’s Mary and the Witch’s Flower (2017)

Mary and the Witch’s Flower Q&A:-

What is Mary and the Witch’s Flower? A new anime feature film made by Studio Ponoc. 

Who are Studio Ponoc? Studio Ponoc are a Japanese animation studio located in Tokyo & founded by former Ghibli film director Hiromasa Yonebayashi (Secret World of Arrietty and When Marnie Was There), Ghibli producer Yoshiaki Nishimura and other former Ghibli staff and animators after Studio Ghibli stopped feature film production in 2014 and laid off the majority of permanent film making staff.  

When is Mary and the Witch’s Flower released? It was in Japanese cinemas this summer past, but will receive a nation wide North American cinema release 18th January 2018, the film will hit Australian cinemas early 2018 and has been slated for a UK release in “Spring 2018″. It has also had a limited run in Hollywood (this is usually done to qualify for award nomination: Oscar’s, Annie Awards etc) and a few film festival screenings around the globe.

Where is the story from? The film is based on the novel “The Little Broomstick” by British children’s author Mary Stewart. Director Yonebayashi’s previous two films were also based on British children’s authors novels “The Borrowers” by Mary Norton (Arrietty) and When Marnie Was There by Joan G. Robinson. 

Who’s in the English voice cast? The title character Mary is voiced by Ruby Barnhill and other cast members include Kate Winslet, Jim Broadbent, Louis Ashbourne Serkis, Ewen Bremner, Lynda Baron, Rasmus Hardiker, Teresa Gallagher and Morwenna Banks. 

Where can i see the trailer? why you can watch the full trailer HERE

Does this film symbolise THE END of Studio Ghibli? No, Studio Ghibli are currently making two new feature films; one directed by Hayao Miyazaki and the other by his son Goro Miyazaki, Hayao is also finishing off a short film for the Ghibli museum (Boro the Caterpillar, due 2018).

(Well thats it for the brief Q&A but if you have any more questions send me a message anytime!)