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Let me start with this disclaimer. I am really not a fan of Anime in general, but somehow Hayao Miyazaki seems to bring to the table movies that hit that soft spot in me. Yesterday I watched the movie Kokuriko-zaka Kara which in the U.S. the English version will be released as From Up on Poppy Hill. A coming of age film, who's main character is a girl being raised in a rural Japanese village, the the private school she attends. And unlike earlier titles like Howl's Moving Castle or Princess Mononoke, there is no fantasy elements to the movie. It's a very serene calming feel good film that is more about the setting than the plot. And sometimes I am OK with that. It's relaxing.

And I think that is what I like about most of Miyazaki films. The setting always captures the imagination, and you just want to be there. The sound and editing is top notch, and for an animated film that is an accomplishment.

If you get a chance to see it, I do suggest it.



//edit: Yes, I know how the quote goes.

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Looks interesting. I hate anime. Miyazaki's Spirited Away is my favourite film of all time.
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Thanks for the heads-up; I've heard very little about this film, and I'm a huge Studio Ghibli fan. It sounds a fair amount like Mimi o Sumaseba (Whisper of the Heart), my favorite movie of all time.

Studio Ghibli is very little like what most people think of as "anime." Miyazaki-sama has often been called "the Disney of Japan," which I think is a accurate only in terms of his worldwide popularity.

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robigo wrote:
Thanks for the heads-up; I've heard very little about this film, and I'm a huge Studio Ghibli fan. It sounds a fair amount like Mimi o Sumaseba (Whisper of the Heart), my favorite movie of all time.

Studio Ghibli is very little like what most people think of as "anime." Miyazaki-sama has often been called "the Disney of Japan," which I think is a accurate only in terms of his worldwide popularity.
Yeah, I've never heard of this film but now I'm looking forward to it too. I see it is planned for a late March release here in the US.

My favorite Ghibli/Miyazaki films would be Spirited Away and Totoro. Whisper of the Heart wasn't a favorite of mine; it was well done, but I really enjoy the beautiful and crazy fantasy elements of most Miyazaki films. In some films these elements work better than others, but when it works well it really grabs me.

I agree that Miyazaki isn't really anime. Some of his work is in the genre (in particular Nausicaa, and maybe Princess Mononoke or Castle in the Sky), but most of his films are just animated films made in Japan, with little else in common with standard fare anime.
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This makes me happy. Miyazaki is one of my favorite filmmakers - I love Spirited Away and Castle in the Sky, and my wife absolutely loves Howl's Moving Castle. But they've all been great. We'll be watching for this one.
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The Studio Ghibli Museum has movies--6 in total, one for each day they are open--that you can only see while there. We saw this one while there http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Looking_for_a_Home_(film). I should get a picture of the tickets to get into them online, they are pretty cool, they have cells from the animation in the ticket.
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All this Miyazaki love and no one has mentioned My Neighbor Totoro. Also, don't forget Ponyo.
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Castle In The Sky is another favorite.
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or Porco Russo!
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I've enjoyed introducing Miyazaki's films to my girls. Castle in the Sky is my oldest's favorite and My Neighbor Totoro is my youngest's favorite. I'm partial to Spirited Away myself. This looks like another good one to watch together. Thanks for the heads up.
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Don't forget Pom Poko. What other children's movie features raccoon testicles being used as parachutes, carpets, and weapons?
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No one in my family liked Ponyo.
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No one in my family liked Ponyo.


That's too bad. It's a sweet movie. It's Miyazaki's take on H.C. Andersen's The Little Mermaid. MUCH different from the Disney-ized version.
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Ghibli films are great. Also, if you own a PS3, I would recommend trying the game Ni No Kuni. It's a combined effort by the developers of the Professor Layton games and Studio Ghibli.
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Thanks for recommending. Miyazaki's storytelling through animation is fantastic. And his attention to detail really brings his creations to life. Spirited Away is my favorite of his, and a top movie choice for me overall. But I have a real soft spot for the steampunked Castles in the Sky and, especially, Howl's Moving Castle. Treasures in my movie collection.
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You know whats weird for me?

When I watch a Miyazaki film, the food and the way the characters eat it always look so good! Makes my mouth water. Crazy for an animated film.
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thermogimp wrote:
Ghibli films are great. Also, if you own a PS3, I would recommend trying the game Ni No Kuni. It's a combined effort by the developers of the Professor Layton games and Studio Ghibli.


I'll second this... I received this last weekend when it was released over here. It's breathtakingly beautiful and feels like you're almost inside a Ghibli film.
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claymore_57 wrote:
bulldog93 wrote:
No one in my family liked Ponyo.


That's too bad. It's a sweet movie. It's Miyazaki's take on H.C. Andersen's The Little Mermaid. MUCH different from the Disney-ized version.


This is my favorite thus far. Just such a feel-good movie in all aspects. Love, love the animation and creativity on this one. And, Ponyo is so spontaneously sweet that it is so refreshing!

We've seen:

Porco Russo
Howl's Moving Castle
My Neighbor Totoro
Spirited Away
Kiki's Delivery Service
The Cat Returns
Ponyo
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claymore_57 wrote:
bulldog93 wrote:
No one in my family liked Ponyo.


That's too bad. It's a sweet movie. It's Miyazaki's take on H.C. Andersen's The Little Mermaid. MUCH different from the Disney-ized version.
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