Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Miyazaki - His art, my childhood, and my adult life

Art is not only fine art, paintings and all of those great things. It's also what you can access every day. In our modern society, art has so many forms, and animated movies are an important part of it. You might think that "animated movies" are for kids, and they sometimes are, but a good amount of them are also destined for (young or older) adults, or for everybody at the same time.  Today, I am going to share with you my passion for a Master of his art. An incredible director that changed my imaginary life forever; Hayao Miyazaki.

I first got introduced to his creations when my dad bought us the VHS of Porco Rosso when I was a kid. I found that movie it funny, crazy, and very different from what I encountered before. Around 10 years after that moment, I decided to watch it again as an adult, and waw. Waw. I was blown away. It was so touching. So deep. I could understand to many things on so many levels now. The greatness of this movie lies in the fact that you can appreciate it as a kid, and discover it in a whole new light as a young adult, now that you have your own experiences. Melancholic - Funny - Romantic. 

My Neighbor Totoro. As a "grown up", it is still my favorite Miyazaki movie. It keeps me in touch with my 4 years old-to 10 years old me. I giggle of joy every time I think about this movie. I remember how it was to be a child, how everything was weird, new, funny, scary, big. Change in weather, time was very tangible. How it was to be the older sister, but also the younger sister. How it was to have parents calling you to help, how your imagination was real and alive. This movie takes you into an adventure, and you can't keep your eyes away from everything fantastic that is happening. Cute - Crazy - Dreamy

Chihiro/Spirited Away and Kiki's Delivery Service. Growing up, working hard, finding your own, protecting the ones you love, being brave, having a good heart. Everything was great about Spirited Away. After I saw it for the first time, I recommended it to everybody I knew, and nobody was ever disappointed.  I was hesitant to watch Kiki's Delivery Service. I don't really know why, but the title threw me off... I was wrong. This movie has nothing to be ashamed of. It's somehow similar to Spirited Away in the value system, but it's also completely different and its own personality. Beautiful - Enchanting - Creative.

Howl's Moving Castle. Again, one of my favorite movie of all time. I saw it at the cinema and was blown away by the fantasy, the realness of emotions, the amaaaaazing art of details, the beautiful drawings, how funny is was, how magnificent. There is also an "young adult" love story in this movie, a was delicate, sensitive, powerful, mind-blowing one. Some funny/quirky scenes also. It's never heavy or too dramatic. Magnificent - Original - Brilliant.

"Laputa" The Castle In The Sky. It surprised me how much I laughed and was touched at the same time during that movie. This movie has so many elements that I can relate to. From looking into your heritage, to exploring an ancient lost civilization (- archaeologist at heart), from friendship to dreams, this piece will stay as one of my favorite. The music is out-of-this-world beautiful, and the message is universal. Fascinating - Meaningful - Touching.

Nausicäa and the Valley of the Wind and Princess Mononoké. Both have strong brave female leads, beautiful decor, adventurous story, and a powerful message about nature and what's living in it. Their universe tis unique, intricate, complexe, dense, you can not let your guard down. Metaphorically, very close to our own modern society. The adventures that the main characters are living have a purpose, a meaning. Moreover, Miyazaki adds his poetic touch. He surprises you with moments of grace at the most unexpected time. Deep - Intense - Inspiring

His drawing and watercolor skills are out of this world. The mix of fantasy, whimsical, nature-friendly, tradition-friendly, funny, creative, dark and light emotions, interesting and different stories, music - thanks Joe Hisaishi - will stay with you forever. His always masters his art, and never disappoints me.  

“I would like to make a film to tell children "it's good to be alive".”

“Life is a winking light in the darkness.”

“Do everything by hand, even when using the computer.” “I do believe in the power of story. I believe that stories have an important role to play in the formation of human beings, that they can stimulate, amaze and inspire their listeners.”
- Hayao Miyazaki.

He is a wise, young beautiful old soul. Job well done, job well done...

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