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Kokuriko-zaka kara (From Poppy Hill)

I had the chance to go see Kokuriko-zaka kara today at the Toronto International Film Festival ;___; (if you haven't read the lastest Ghibli news, it's Studio Ghibli's newest animation, directed by Miyazaki Goro - the son, scripted by Miyazaki Hayao - the man himself, and features Nagasawa Masami and Okada (Junichi, who else do I write about LOL)'s voices as the two main characters. So it's not so bad living where I live right now; at least it's close to Toronto where all the awesome movies get shown once a year LOL. Too bad there were no posters at the venue, because multiple movies were being shown. And I had hoped I could take a picture of myself with Kokuriko poster *cries*

The movie was pretty cute, with plenty of humor. I didn't like the main plot as much though *but I won't spoil hehe, the DVD is coming out soon I think???* It's a little stereotypical (even Okada's character himself says "I know, it sounds like a crazy melodrama plot"). Well, OK, when the character admits that, it becomes less annoying I suppose :)) But because it's Studio Ghibli, OF COURSE they won't really follow through with a melodramatic plot (e.g. girl gets cancer/weird disease, guy lives and cries his eyes out. This is totally not the plot of the movie BTW, just giving an example), so you don't have to worry about that at least :). To compensate for the little hint of melodrama in the beginning, they made the ending a bit awkward (for me at least >"<). But whatever. The movie was still adequately good; the jokes evenly spaced throughout made it enjoyable for me. And oh, Okada's character was veeeery cute, if I was Umi-chan (main girl's name) I would definitely fall for him too hahaha. *fangirl bias alert* Not to mention that his name is Kazama Shun, and so people call him Shun right... and I sometimes hear it as "Jun" (on purpose). So I was giggling through a lot of the movie where there wasn't anything to giggle about. Oh well...

Overall I would rate it as a 7/10, provided that my most favorite Ghibli animes are Ponyo (on the cliff by the sea!) and Howl's moving castle. Just really happy that I could go see Studio Ghibli (and a work that Okada participated in) on the big screen. Too bad it was the second movie I watched today, so I was a bit tired - and probably don't sound very enthusiastic right now ;___; Otherwise you (or the people at the theater) would have heard more "kyaaa" by me haha. xDDD

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eeyore_kun
Sep. 18th, 2011 11:32 am (UTC)
I wish I could watch this in the cinema here too :( the coming Japenese Film Festival doesn't have this hiksss... It will have Gantz 1 & 2 though.

I think Ghibli is about simple and prettiness, my fave will be Whispher of the Heart, it's just simple and subtle but I love it!!
hhnd_2002
Sep. 18th, 2011 03:01 pm (UTC)
Oooh I hanve't seen Whisper of the heart ;___; will get on that when I have time xDDD
I agree, Ghibli keeps it simple!!! Content-wise, I think I'm leaning more towards the old Disney (Lion King, Aladdin, etc) but I love Ghibli's drawing, so cute hehe. I think you'll like Kokuriko; his voice is so '___________'
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