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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