Hipster Miyazaki Hated Weinstein Before It Was Popular

Hipster Hayao Miyazaki

Hipster Miyazaki would like you to know that he hated Harvey Weinstein long before it became popular:

In 1997 the director signed a distribution deal with Disney. It was to prove a springboard to global renown, paving the way for a dedicated exhibition at New York's Museum of Modern Art and helping him secure the 2003 Oscar for Spirited Away. Even so, the nature of Miyazaki's films has been tweaked in transit. In Japan his films are blockbusters the whole family can enjoy. In Britain and the US he remains a predominantly adult, art-house phenomenon.
Miyazaki taps a cigarette from a silver case. The Disney deal suits him, he explains, because he has stuck to his guns. His refusal to grant merchandising rights means that there is no chance of any Nausicaa happy meals or Spirited Away video games. Furthermore, Disney wields no creative control. There is a rumour that when Harvey Weinstein was charged with handling the US release of Princess Mononoke, Miyazaki sent him a samurai sword in the post. Attached to the blade was a stark message: "No cuts."
The director chortles. "Actually, my producer did that. Although I did go to New York to meet this man, this Harvey Weinstein, and I was bombarded with this aggressive attack, all these demands for cuts." He smiles. "I defeated him."


Nadge Frank Augustin said...

Do you mind sharing the source for this? Thanks!

Daniel Thomas MacInnes said...

Did you mean the photo? It's a cropped photo of Hayao Miyazaki and Yasuo Otsuka, taken during the productions of Future Boy Conan (1978) or Lupin the 3rd: The Castle of Cagliostro (1979). It was shown in the 2004 DVD documentary, Yasuo Otsuka's Joy in Motion.

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