This week is Hayao Miyazaki (Studio Ghibli) film week

studio ghibli film week written in the foreground with images from three studio ghibli movies in the background

studio ghibli film week written in the foreground with images from three studio ghibli movies in the background

Ahh, Sunday. A day of rest and just a bit of work, for me. While working, I came across a post on Booooooom (don’t try to count the Os): 50+ Artists Pay Tribute to the Films of Hayao Miyazaki.

It’s been a while since I’ve watched a Miyazaki film, but after reading Booooooom’s post, I decided to dedicate the next few days to enjoying the magical worlds brought to life by Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli.

A picture of Hayao Miyazaki in front of a gold background

Hayao Miyazaki –Thomas Schulz

 

This week’s Studio Ghibli line-up:

Sunday: The Red Turtle (La Tortue Rouge), 2016

Monday: Grave of the Fireflies

Tuesday/Wednesday: Only Yesterday, 1991

Original, 1991 Trailer of Only Yesterday
2016 North American Release Trailer of Only Yesterday

Thursday/Friday: Pompoko, 1994

 

Sunday: The Red Turtle (La Tortue Rouge), 2016

Drawing of man on raft looking at large red sea turtle

The Red Turtle / La Tortue Rouge, Studio Ghibli

A+ –I now see why Rotten Tomatoes gave this film a 93% (I think it should be higher, but I consider this a high score in the world of Rotten Tomatoes).

It was simple, yet incredibly powerful, due to its simplicity.

  • The graphics: Simple, but beautiful
  • The audio: Simple–mainly the sounds of nature.
  • The soundtrack: Simple, yet effective. It does what, in my opinion, a good soundtrack should do: adds just enough to evoke the intended emotion and guides the audience into wherever they’re meant to go, without being a distraction.
  • The dialogue: Simple. Less than Castaway.  (very simple–you’ll see)

I loved the message and the beauty of this story. Just like the dialogue in The Red Turtle, there isn’t a lot I can say about it–I think it’s better if you just watch and experience it for yourself.

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