Thursday, April 21, 2011

The Message Remains the Same

... Even if some realities in the wider world have changed. Film Journal International notes:

... [A]ward-winning animator Hayao Miyazaki announced there was no need to change the studio’s upcoming movie Kokurikozaka Kara (From the Kokuriko Hill) despite Japan’s catastrophic earthquake and tsunami. Hayao is credited with writing the script directed by his son Goro.

The animated feature, based on a 30-year-old comic series for girls, depicts the life of a high-school girl and a boy from the sea in Yokohama around 1963, a period when Japan experienced spectacular economic growth.

“The biggest concern for the animated movie was whether the film to be released July 16 across Japan would be able to withstand changes to the world as time goes by,” Miyazaki said at a press conference in Tokyo. “But the heroine's desire and the boy's will to live in the film are definitely needed in our time from now on.” ...

Things from the sea might be a trifle unsettling right now, but a will to live is definitely helpful. Especially with what's happening to the waters of northeastern Japan.


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