Back in August, 2008, Toshio Suzuki welcomed famed director and longtime friend Mamoru Oshii on his radio program, Suzuki Toshio no Ghibl Asemamire. The two discussed Hayao Miyazaki's new movie, Ponyo on a Cliff by the Sea, and Oshii's latest, The Sky Crawlers. Oshii is always quick on his wit whenever discussing Miyazaki and Takahata, and he comes through once again.
Datacomp has posted a translated transcript of the radio discussion, and it's an excellent read. Ghibli Freaks and Oshii fans are going to love this. The discussion varies widely, from the movies to the state of hand-drawn animation to Steven Spielberg's newest Indiana Jones picture.
Read the whole thing here. There's a lot to discuss in depth, so I'll have to post some excerpts in future posts. I will say this much: it's wonderful to see some intelligent discussions about Hayao Miyazaki that go into depth. You never see anyone in the States going to this depth, treating these films seriously. But in Japan, Miyazaki and Takahata are giants, great artists. They aren't looked down upon as babysitters.
Toshio Suzuki and Mamoru Oshii