Earthquake won’t change Studio Ghibli Inc.‘s movie

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Kokurikozaka Kara

Kokurikozaka Kara

In spite of Japan’s recent earth­quake and tsunami dis­as­ter, there’s no need to change Stu­dio Ghi­bli Inc.‘s upcom­ing movie Kokurikozaka Kara (From the Kokuriko Hill), ani­ma­tor Hayao Miyazaki said.

Accord­ing to Miyza­zaki, the major con­cern about the ani­mated film, to be released July 16 across Japan, was whether the movie could hold its own against changes to the world as time progresses.

I think the project was right [in that sense],” said Miyazaki. The long­time direc­tor is cred­ited for the scriptwrit­ing and plan­ning for the film, which directed by his son Goro.

Miyazaki spoke dur­ing a Tokyo news con­fer­ence to intro­duce the movie’s theme song, sung by Aoi Teshima.

Based on a comic series for girls that ran about 30 years ago, Kokurikozaka Kara shows the life of a high-school girl and a boy from the sea in Yoko­hama in about 1963, a time when Japan under­went phe­nom­e­nal eco­nomic growth.

The heroine’s desire and the boy’s will to live in the film are def­i­nitely needed in our time from now on,” said Miyazaki. The film­maker is prepar­ing for his new movie project in which, he said, that “peo­ple will be por­trayed realistically.”

It’s worth invest­ing in Japan in efforts to renew its beauty through all the hard­ships and suf­fer­ing, Miyazaki added. He thanked peo­ple work­ing in the dam­aged Fukushima Dai­ichi nuclear plant and in disaster-stricken areas.

We’re tested in what we make in such a period of time when only anx­i­eties are hum­ming like basso con­tinuo,” he said.

Miyazaki said he has thought lately that the time isn’t ripe to make fan­tasy fic­tion. “It’s a pride of Ghi­bli not to jump on the band­wagon,” he remarked.

[Via Kyodo News —…2&show_article=1]

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