Just Watched the Live-Action Grave of the Fireflies 2008 Trailer

And it sucks eggs.

You can see it on YouTube if you want.  You're not missing anything if you don't, other than some cheap, low-budget knockoff of Isao Takahata's 1988 anime.  Good Lord, does it suck.  Why is it that live-action Japanese movies are always so cheap?  This looks like it was slapped together by teenagers with daddy's video camera on a long weekend.  And it's just copying the Ghibli original, shot-by-shot.

Ugh.  Look, kids, if you want to see what a live-action Takahata movie looks like, watch this.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

If you're interested in Ghibli's non-documentary live-action ventures...

"Satorare", a live-action film by Katsuyuki Motohiro and co-produced by Studio Kajino (you know, of Shiki-Jitsu and the Capsule videos fame), is up on youtube. In my estimation, it's very mediocre, but here's part 1 of 13, if you're curious:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TooEUoL21EE

As for Kajino's other live-action feature, Anno Hideaki's Shiki-Jitsu, it's available via torrent, and I suggest you give it a watch--it's rather compelling, somewhere inbetween Takahata and Hitchcock in terms of style, and very psychologically disturbing. Shiki-Jitsu's actually available on DVD from Buena Vista Japan, unlike Satorare (too lazy to see who distributes this one, but it's not Disney/Ghibli).

Chris said...

Your link sent me to Ozu Yasujiro's Tokyo Story, one of the classics of Japanese (and world) cinema. I'm confused!

Daniel Thomas MacInnes said...

Yeah, Chris, that was the idea. Takahata is really the successor to Yasujiro Ozu, in the same way, I suppose, that Miyazaki is the successor to Kurosawa.

Besides, after watching that crummy movie trailer for the live Fireflies, I needed something good to balance out. And people need to be schooled in the classics, anyway.

Chris said...

Ah, in my haste, I mis-read your post. Sorry! I should be more careful next time. I just assumed it was a link to the Fireflies trailer.

Tim Maughan said...

I *think* the reason it looks so cheap is that it's a made-for-TV movie...or so I read somewhere...

Tim Maughan said...

ooops. Scrap that. just saw your second post...I hadn't heard about the 2008 movie. Ouch. Pointless exercise...

Daniel Thomas MacInnes said...

Yeah, that's okay. I probably should have written the post more skillfully. In any case, both live-action Grave of the Fireflies are terrible. And knowing that the Fireflies DVD is now out-of-print, and unlikely to ever be reissued? That just hurts.

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