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Howl's Moving Castle

Anyone up for seeing 'Howl's Moving Castle' with me next week. Probably either Monday or Tuesday evening?

It's showing at The Phoenix in East Finchley

HOWL'S MOVING CASTLE (U) 2hrs.
3.45 (Not Sun), 6.15, 8.45 Daily

It's by Hayao Miyazaki, the same talent behind Spirited Away, Priness Mononoke, Castle in the Sky, Kiki's Delivery Service and My Nighbour Totoro (all of which coincidently I seem to own on DVD :p).

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karohemd
Sep. 19th, 2005 10:36 pm (UTC)
Heh, check my friends list, madmoses was just before your post talking about it.
I need to see it and hope it'll be at the Arts in Cambridge.
miramanga
Sep. 19th, 2005 10:43 pm (UTC)
I seen it

It rocks :)
mrmmarc
Sep. 19th, 2005 11:52 pm (UTC)
Miyazaki rocks!
Enjoy amigo!

oddly enough I own all that as well.

Now, does anyone know if 'Grave of the Fireflies' was Studio Gibli as well?
angusabranson
Sep. 20th, 2005 12:01 am (UTC)
Grave of the Fireflies was a Studio Gibli film but is the only one not part of the Disney-Tokuma deal.

Other useful facts from IMDB:

* Produced concurrently with Tonari no Totoro (1988). Many of the animators had trouble remembering what film they were animating.

* The film is based on a true story. Akiyuki Nosaka lost his little sister during the war to malnutrition and blamed himself for her death. He wrote Hotaru no haka (A Grave of Fireflies) in 1967 to come to terms with it.

* This is the only Ghibili theatrical feature film to not be part of the Disney-Tokuma deal.

* This film was initially distributed with Tonari no Totoro (1988) because it was thought that this film was so depressing that a cheerful companion film was needed to lift the audience's spirits.

* Director Cameo: [Isao Takahata] The patient that comes in to see the doctor after Setsuko.

* From the start of production, director Isao Takahata wanted to cast appropriately aged children in the roles of Seita and Setsuko. Because the film takes place in Kobe, the search was limited to the Kansai region of Japan in order to find children that spoke the proper dialect. He was introduced to Ayano Shiraishi through a regional children's acting company, and decided to cast her as Setsuko after only hearing two sentences: "My name is Ayano Shriraishi. I am five years old." He was later told by one of the company's leaders that they expected Ayano was too young for the role, and so those were the only lines she had been instructed to recite in the audition.
mrmmarc
Sep. 20th, 2005 12:04 am (UTC)
Cheers.
I thought it was...
And yes, 'Grave...' is one seriously depressing movie.
In fact heart-breaking!
Really!

mooncadet
Sep. 20th, 2005 08:44 am (UTC)
me! *puts hand in the air*
angusabranson
Sep. 20th, 2005 01:19 pm (UTC)
Cool. How's Monday for you. 8.15 performance?

Will follow up this post with a new entry with specific details :)
angusabranson
Sep. 20th, 2005 01:20 pm (UTC)
8.45 even. oops!
kit_hartford
Sep. 20th, 2005 09:49 am (UTC)
I'm game. Howl's is about the only major Miyazaki/Ghibli I've not seen

As an aside, I believe they're about to release "Nausicaa" and "Porco Rosso" in the UK (and I heard some mention of "Cat's Return"). It's a shame that other Ghibli (but non-Miyazaki) classics like "Umi ga kikoeru" (I can hear the sea), "Mimi wo sumaseba" (Whisper of the heart), "Pom Poko" (Racoon Wars in the US, I think) and "Omohide Poro Poro" (Only Yesterday) aren't on the schedules :( All are excellent, if a little slow.
angusabranson
Sep. 20th, 2005 01:20 pm (UTC)
Monday 8.15. See my next entry :)
angusabranson
Sep. 20th, 2005 01:20 pm (UTC)
Actually meaning 8.45, sorry :(
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angusabranson
Sep. 20th, 2005 01:20 pm (UTC)
Monday 8.45. See my next entry :)
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