Behind the Scenes at Studio Ghibli for Kokuriko-Zaka Kara

Here's the video of NTV Japan's behind-the-scenes look at Studio Ghibli, featuring the first in-depth look at the upcoming Kokuriko-Zaka Kara.  Have you ever wanted to see what the Ghibli building looks like?  Now's your chance.

Goro Miyazaki is interviewed and he offers his insights.  He certainly is an interesting character; he has a personality, but it's still uncertain whether he has inherited his parents' artistic traits, or their drive.  There's no question that he's under a great amount of pressure to conjure a blockbuster hit, and it's easy to sympathize with him.  Like I said yesterday, Goro-san is the backup quarterback who has to win the game on a two-minute drill.

It's great to see the artwork in the studio, and they are communicating that this is a romance picture.  Ghibli is playing to its base.  I wonder what it would take for a Western animation studio to embrace and specialize in girl's movies?  Such a concept doesn't even exist here, unless you're recycling fairy tales and princesses in prom dresses.  But that would require a movie business that was focused on movies, not merchandising toys to 8-14 year old boys.

Oh, and in case you're wondering, yes, that is the actor Ken Watanabe narrating at the end of the video clip.  Nice!

1 comment:

Blasko said...

Not sure the sports metaphors work regarding Goro's position as a director for Studio Ghibli. It's not about any one individual and his/her success at the studio. In "Starting Point," Miyazaki's quick to point out that he and Takahata are only parts of a larger picture when making films. The future of Ghibli is going to revolve around more than just one figure because the studio's brilliant past has revolved around more than just one figure -- despite U.S. audiences assertions to the contrary.

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