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Howls' Moving Castle update

Hiyao Miyazaki's new version of Howl's Moving Castle screened at the Venice Film Festival and apparently it's very good!

Via dianawynnejones, I read the enthusiastic review that festival attendee vladimirsever posted. Here is the relevant portion of his post.

Oh, and afterwards, we lined up for this Hauro no ugoku shiro movie. It was the only screening where we were searched for videocameras, and the Palagalileo was filled to the brim in no time. Then they announced over the PA that we are about to witness the world premiere screening of the new Hayao Miyazaki movie. And they brought the lights down, but I'm sure you could've seen me glow in the dark, down there.

From the huge applause that greeted the Studio Ghibli logo, to the huger applause after the movie ended, I was afraid to blink and miss something. It's that good. Yes, it's a Diana W. Jones story, but it's total Miyazaki through and through. From the beautifully-realised steampunk world of 19th century Europe, to the amazing, gilliamesque Castle itself, to Howl, who fights his battles far away from our eyes, to the wonderfully funny Calcifer, the spirit of fire, to the central story of a plain 18-y-old girl who falls under a spell and is transformed into a 90-y-old, it's a huge procession of OMG OMG OMG and more squee from my rusty old heart than Johnny Depp, bless his soul, could ever entice. It took a really schmaltzy Japanese pop song over the ending scene and credits to make me snap out of it. Howl is as good as Mononoke or Spirited Away, even though it has a more unequivocal happy ending. I can't wait for it to be unleashed onto the world - and feel so pride to have been there.


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Sep. 6th, 2004 10:13 am (UTC)
Good! Yay! Good! Now, all I have to do is wait to see it. *groans*
Sep. 6th, 2004 10:27 am (UTC)
Thanks to ayelle who posted the link in the dwj community, here's an article on the subject, but it really doesn't add much to the LJ post.
Sep. 6th, 2004 11:14 am (UTC)
I'm even more deeply anticipating this now!
Sep. 6th, 2004 01:27 pm (UTC)
Steam punk? Gosh, I had visions of the Steam Boy movie there for a second. I've only seen the teaser for that and it looks like a suicide to me.

I guess what I like most about the Ghibli/Miyazaki movies is the Japanese folk-lore aspects and the wonderful artwork. The color schemes are alway perfect too.
Sep. 7th, 2004 10:15 am (UTC)
Howl is supposed to get a North American release in early 2005.

Also, Porco Rosso and Nausicaa are supposed to have their DVD releases then too.
Sep. 8th, 2004 09:19 am (UTC)
Can't wait can't wait can't wait!
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