A number of films by Japanese animation master Miyazaki Hayao will be screened in Taipei next month.
These include My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery Service, something I don’t know the name of* (maybe not really directed by Miyazaki, but at least put out by his studio), Laputa: Castle in the Sky (Tenku no shiro Rapyuta), and a new feature 8-). Tickets are NT$150 per film.
- A girl meets boy story. Very, very little action, but you get to hear “County Roads” (as “Concrete Roads”) in Japanese a lot. Despite how it may sound, it’s well worth watching – just don’t expect much of anything to happen. The local DVD of this has no English. The Chinese dubbing, however, is excellent – not insufferably cute, like most dubbing here. (The cover of the DVD shows a girl leaning against a wall, talking with a boy leaning out a window. The back cover shows a statue of a fanciful cat.)
I love Miyazaki’s movies and strongly recommend them to everyone. Some of them aren’t much on action, but his trees! His clouds! His shadows! His imagined cities! His airships!
Here are some of Miyazaki’s movies I’ve seen in local video stores.
[ul][li]Spirited Away (Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi). This one’s in all the video stores now. Look for the cover with an underwater close-up of a girl’s face. No English on the DVD – but watch it even if you don’t know Chinese or Japanese. I can’t say enough good things about this movie. I understand it finally opened in the United States last month. [/li]
[li]My Neighbor Totoro (Tonari no Totoro). Everyone probably knows this one already. The best movie here for young children. DVD has English. [/li]
[li]Kiki’s Delivery Service (Majo no takkyubin). A young witch goes off to the city to do her year in training alone. Light but pleasant. The local DVD has English dubbing as well as subtitles. As much as I like Phil Hartman, though, I don’t think his voice works very well as the cat’s, so I recommend going with the Japanese original, esp. since the Chinese version isn’t so good. [/li]
[li]Crimson Pig (Kurenai no buta, also Porco Rosso). The story of an Italian flying ace … who happens to have been transformed into a pig. “A pig’s gotta fly.” (I love that line.) DVD has English. [/li]
[li]Princess Mononoke (Mononoke Hime). Girl raised by wolves battles the leader of the “iron town,” who is slowly destroying the forest and killing its “gods.” And there’s a boy, who sees both sides of the issue and tries to make peace. DVD has English. [/li][/ul]