Tagged with Studio Ghibli

The Wind Rises

The Wind Rises

THE WIND RISES Watched via theater/BD WHITNEY CRYSTAL PLOT: The Wind Rises is a semi-biographical historical drama centering around the life and work of Jiro Horikoshi, a famous designer for fighter planes in World War II. It seems rather fitting that Hayao Miyazaki would pick a biography as the subject matter for his last film. … Continue reading

Princess Mononoke

Princess Mononoke

PRINCESS MONONOKE Watched via VHS/DVD WHITNEY CRYSTAL PLOT: Princess Mononoke is a historical fantasy film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki. While the title would suggest the story follows the “spirit princess” (San), we instead find ourselves exploring an alternate ancient Japan through the eyes of a young Emishi warrior, Ashitaka. Prior to the storyline, … Continue reading

From Up on Poppy Hill

From Up on Poppy Hill

FROM UP ON POPPY HILL Watched via fansubs/BD WHITNEY CRYSTAL PLOT: From Up on Poppy Hill takes a turn to the nostalgic by looking back fondly on the early years of the 1960s, prior to the 1964 Olympics. Umi, a young teenage girl and main protagonist of the film, works in a boarding house when … Continue reading

Porco Rosso

Porco Rosso

PORCO ROSSO Watched via DVD WHITNEY CRYSTAL PLOT: Porco Rosso is a Studio Ghibli movie about a veteran fighter pilot, now working as a freelance bounty hunter, to stop and capture air pirates. I have to be honest, I’ve seen this film on several occasions, and I still find the character and plot involvement to … Continue reading

Ponyo

Ponyo

PONYO Watched via theater/BD WHITNEY CRYSTAL PLOT: Ponyo is a Studio Ghibli film loosely based off of the classic story of The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen. Being familiar with the original text, I was very skeptical of how Miyazaki was going to spin the tale to fit his style. In that regard, I … Continue reading

Howl’s Moving Castle

Howl’s Moving Castle

HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE Watched via theater/DVD/BD WHITNEY CRYSTAL PLOT: Howl’s Moving Castle is loosely based off of the novel, by the same name, written by popular young adult writer Diana Wynne Jones. Having read the book prior to watching the movie, I see this Studio Ghibli film as an utter train wreck. The original story … Continue reading

Whisper of the Heart

Whisper of the Heart

WHISPER OF THE HEART Watched via DVD/BD WHITNEY CRYSTAL PLOT: Whisper of the Heart is about growing into the person you want to become. Shizuku is at that delicate age where she’s conscious of the fact that she doesn’t have any future life goals, yet is too reluctant to give up her lifestyle as a … Continue reading