Kokuriko-Zaka Kara - Preview and First Impressions
On June 23, Studio Ghibli held its first production staff preview of their upcoming film, Kokuriko-Zaka Kara. It appears that the earthquake and subsequent nuclear meltdown couldn't hold Ghibli down for long. Everything appears to be on schedule, and the media promotions should begin shortly.
After the preview screening, a number of Ghibli staff shared their impressions on Twitter. The following are translated from the original Japanese, courtesy of T. Ishikawa:
Kokuriko-zaka first preview was held today. It was a really wonderful work.
I almost cried several times. I really thought that the youth is wonderful.
I want all of you to watch it early.
Kokuriko-zaka is probably far more interesting film than many of you think.
Personally, it is far more better than Tales from Earthsea and Arrietty
and better than Whisper of the Heart (as same genre).
I recommend it to you.
Yesterday was Kokuriko-zaka first preview day.
The stage of the story is Yokohama city of 1960s.
The straight look of chief characters pierced me from nostalgia scenery of the screen.
I went Ghibli's latest film Kokuriko-zaka Kara first preview yesterday.
The figure of the boy and girl who faced difficulty but confront straight it was impressive.
The theme that Hayao Miyazaki-san aimed at was expressed properly.
The decadent beauty was impressive in Arrietty, but beauty of positive power
is expressed straight in Kokurikoo-zaka. I don't like chorus scene of Japanese movie,
but the chorus scene of this movie is splendid.