‘Kingdom of Dreams and Madness’: Watch a clip from Studio Ghibli documentary

Dec. 11, 2014 | 9:00 a.m.
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Hayao Miyazaki working on "The Wind Rises" in a scene from the documentary "The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness." (Dwango / GKids)

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Hayao Miyazaki working on "The Wind Rises" in a scene from the documentary "The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness." (Dwango / GKids)

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Hayao Miyazaki and Hideaki Anno in a scene from the documentary "The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness." (Dwango / GKids)

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Toshio Suzuki and Hayao Miyazaki in a scene from the documentary "The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness." (Dwango / GKids)

“The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness,” a documentary that offers a rare behind-the-scenes look at the famed Studio Ghibli in Japan, is out on digital platforms this week.

Hero Complex readers get an exclusive first look at a scene from the film, which depicts the inner workings of the animation studio behind the acclaimed films “My Neighbor Totoro,” “Princess Mononoke” and the Academy Award winner “Spirited Away,” among others.

In “The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness,” director Mami Sunada (“Death of a Japanese Salesman”) follows legendary director and Ghibli co-founder Hayao Miyazaki (“The Wind Rises”), co-founder and director Isao Takahata (“Grave of the Fireflies”), and producer Toshio Suzuki over the course of a year. Sunada documented the studio’s rush to complete Miyazaki’s “The Wind Rises” and Takahata’s “The Tale of The Princess Kaguya,” both released in 2013.

The exclusive clip (watch it below) features Miyazaki, whose films are known for myth, magical realism and a strong focus on nature. But it is meticulous work, not magic, that bring Miyazaki’s films to life.

The director works 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, and “keeps to this schedule like clockwork,” the filmmaker explains.

He is shown using a timer as he painstakingly animates a scene for “The Wind Rises.”

“This is it?” he says, handing a page to his right-hand woman Sankichi. “After spending all that time?”

Miyazaki last year announced his retirement from making animated features, saying “The Wind Rises” would be his last film.

“The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness,” which saw a limited release in New York last month, is available now on digital platforms and is coming to DVD and video on demand beginning Jan. 27.

– Noelene Clark | @NoeleneClark | Google+

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