Tuesday, September 27, 2005

An attempt to gloat...

... or to make myself feel better whilst I am drowning in my work.

According to the local TV guide, I get to watch a Miyazaki double tomorrow night. Assuming I can tear myself away from work, that is. Who is Miyazaki, you ask? The guy who brought you Spirited Away a couple of years back.

First, I get to watch the following documentary:

10pm - 11pm : Ghibli - The Miyazaki Temple
Documentary (2005) (France/Japanese, French)
The documentary presents Japanese animated cinema through a journey into the universe of director Hayao Miyazaki and his Ghibli studio. Hayao Miyazaki is one of Japan's greatest animation directors whose entertaining plots, compelling characters and breathtaking animation have earned him international acclaim. Clips from Miyazaki's latest films, Howl's Moving Castle, Spirited Away and The Grave of the Fireflies, shows influences on Japanese animation and what differentiates it from Western animation. Through interviews with fellow Ghibli filmmaker Isao Takahata, Ghibli President Toshio Suzuki and French comic artist Jean "Moebius" Giraud, we get to know the man who delivered some of the most inspiring visuals, landscapes and characters ever seen in animation.

Immediately following that, I get to watch his first animation, Porco Rosso:

11pm - 12.40am : Porco Rosso
Animation (1992) (Japan/English)
The first of the Miyazaki films in the genre of Japanese anime, Porco Rosso is set in Italy in the early 1930s where air pirates, bounty hunters and high-flyers of all sorts rule the skies. The most cunning and skilled of these pilots is Porco Rosso, a man cursed with the head of a pig after watching the spirits of the killed pilots rise to the heavens in the last air battle he fought. He now makes a living taking jobs such as rescuing those kidnapped by air pirates. Donald Curtis, Porco's rival in the air and in wooing women, constantly challenges the hero, culminating in a hilarious, action-packed finale.

185 days to go.


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