I’ve become skeptical of the unwritten rule that just because a boy and girl appear in the same feature, a romance must ensue. Rather, I want to portray a slightly different relationship, one where they two mutually inspire each other to live– if I’ m able to, then perhaps I’ll be closer to portraying a true expression of love.
I told Miyazaki I love the “gratuitous motion” in his films; instead of every movement being dictated by the story, sometimes people will just sit for a moment, or they will sigh, or look in a running stream, or do something extra, not to advance the story but only to give the sense of time and place and who they are.
"We have a word for that in Japanese," he said. "It’s called ma. Emptiness. It’s there intentionally.”
Is that like the “pillow words” that separate phrases in Japanese poetry?
"I don’t think it’s like the pillow word." He clapped his hands three or four times. "The time in between my clapping is ma. If you just have non-stop action with no breathing space at all, it’s just busyness. But if you take a moment, then the tension building in the film can grow into a wider dimension. If you just have constant tension at 80 degrees all the time you just get numb.
For years people have been speculating which film would be acclaimed anime director Hayao Miyazaki’s last, and now we have the answer. Koji Hoshino—President of Studio Ghibli, which was co-founded by Miyazaki—announced that the master is retiring.
The Wind Rises new trailer with English subs released.The new movie from animation legend Hayao Miyazaki, his first in five years, is called The Wind Rises, but it seems to represent the director coming down to Earth. After imagining an array of fantastical worlds perhaps only rivaled by those of Walt Disney…
My Neighbor Totoro
Directed by Hayao Miyazaki
Starring (in the 2005 English version) Dakota Fanning, Elle Fanning, Tim Daly
My rating: 93
Total ratings: 448
This movie is absolutely charming. Everything is so low-key, yet it taps directly into such a deeply human vein of emotions: the absolute wonder of exploring the world, the primal terror of a child afraid of losing her mother, the power of a community coming together when their help is needed. And it is all portrayed with such a subdued sweetness that never dips towards saccharine but keeps everything grounded in a pervading feeling of delight; though there is fear and death and decay in this world it is all portrayed as natural, never even hinting that there is any sort of underlying maliciousness or evil. This is a film of anti-cynicism, and that it manages to be so with such sincerity, with a truth that a myriad darker worldviews could never approach, is a fantastic feat of cinema.
Here’s another word to describe the film: delightful. Not in the sense that it is a delight for the viewer - although it is - but that the primary emotion expressed within the film is delight. My Neighbor Totoro is not a movie which does not know fear, but the fear within it is personal and specific: the fear of a young child who is faced with the possible loss of a parent. It emphatically lacks a fear of the otherworldly and the mysterious: Satsuki and Mei are first and above all thrilled to find that their new home is inhabited by strange black creatures called (in the English translation) soot devils. And Mei’s first response to finding this huge sleeping creature is not trepidation, but unbridled enthusiasm.
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