Posted by psgels on 11 July 2012 with categories: Anime Reviews

Agh! Stupid laptop! I was nearly done typing up the review for this movie, and then it crashed, taking forever to start up again. I don’t feel like writing it up entirely again, so here is a crash review on Goro Miyazaki’s Kokuriko zaka Kara. There also isn’t going to be a rating table this time, because if that’s longer than the actual review it would defeat its entire purpose.

This felt real! I mean, for a long time I wasn’t sure where this movie was going, but at the ending everything fell on its place and this was a huge improvement over Tales of the Earthsea’s Deus ex Machina ending. The creators created a very interesting movie here with very restrained drama. No overacting whatsoever, even for movie standards. Goro Miyazaki is completely different from his father and he definitely fits quiet drama better, which is probably why he put so much of that into Tales of the Earthsea.
Suggestions:
Mai Mai Miracle
Whisper of the Heart
Chocchan’s Story

10 Responses

  1. boo says:

    It really reminded me of “Ocean Weaves” aka “I Can Hear the Sea”, one of the earlier Ghibli works. It was a nice break from fantasy.

  2. Firechick says:

    Yes. I agree with you that quiet drama definitely suits Goro better than action.

  3. KaZuHiRo says:

    I suggest you get a new baby! Try Alienware!

  4. Milton says:

    Given that you keep getting those frustrating problems with the laptop or wordpress etc.

    Why not write things on google docs and then just paste them here? That way you no longer need to worry about losing your posts.

  5. starry says:

    Your laptop seems to hate you. I suggest typing your posts up in either google docs or word/open office beforehand so your work isn’t lost if it freaks out.

  6. Amy says:

    Ooowoo, I was waiting for you to review this. So sad that it’s only a crash review. When you don’t feel so pissed, maybe you’d like to elaborate? TwT!!

    This is a saving point for Goro. It’s described in one word: Genuine. I don’t know if it’s Goro’s doing or his Papa’s magical help, but it’s helluva lot better <3. I'm glad they didn't make it into a cliche melodrama either. I wouldn't mind if he perfected Hayao's way of portraying magic, flight and his overall GREEN vibe. I love both fantastical and down to the earth Ghiblis <3.

  7. Yam says:

    totally agree on the google documents solution, since it auto-saves your work every few seconds. I would love to see a full review of this film if you miraculously have the time.

  8. Blue Bomber says:

    Hell, I just save to a text file as I’m writing if it’s a gonna be long forum post.

  9. boo says:

    btw, the link to Whisper of the Heart is broken it seems like some html code got in the way.

  10. VyseLegendaire says:

    I do not agree that this movie was genuine or restrained. What good is restrained drama and acting when the setting and message of the movie are asinine and self-sentimental about the past and history and totally unconcerned with challenging the status quo? I found this movie to be plastic, saccharine, and watchable only as a comedy. Art that does not challenge or aspire is nothing but a plastic product for mass consumption.

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  • Bam
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 11:14 PM)
    Synecdoche is incredibly rich in detail, and keen return viewers can find a lot of things they missed the first time thru. Kaufman didn’t have a single teacup in a shot that didn’t mean something. Pacing is a bit of an issue, but if you notice the passage of time you can see that was deliberate as well. The movie could’ve been livelier, but for a movie about death and decay that would’ve been a bit of a sell-out.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 11:01 PM)
    @Emma: Birdman and Synecdoche have a lot of thematic elements in common, and given that Synecdoche was released in 08 makes me realize that Alejandro González borrowed quite a bit from it; although in the end they are different enough to justify Birdman’s existence. Where Synecdiche was a better written movie, I feel that Birdman was the better directed one.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 04:15 PM)
    And I’d go as far to say this beats out birdman for me by miles.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 04:14 PM)
    The film is a solid mood piece thanks to the in tone cinematography, a great performance from Hoffman that along with his characters drama makes for an emotionally investing film. And before it gets TOO sad theres all those bits of dark humour fitted in there that work out pretty well. This is probably my favourite work by Kaufman currently.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 04:14 PM)
    Well Bam, I had a go of synecdoche there. A bit of a slow burner, near the end slightly drawn out, however that last stretch was forgiven by that bonkers ending.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 01:23 PM)
    The voice of the main character got kind of annoying though, the dub wasn’t all that good either.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 01:22 PM)
    This was based on/was a homage to a series by the Gigantor creator and having grown up with gigantors 90s reboot this felt like a nice throwback, plot is fairly simple but used effectively. It’s a shame that it feels like there was more to tell but at seven episodes I suppose it avoids outstaying its welcome.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 01:20 PM)
    Decided to marathon Giant Robo, I think this was mentioned by someone on here before. I guess it was fairly entertaining, great action direction, looked good for its time, you don’t notice the hour long episodes go by, adequate characters, nice retro artstyle also, not sure if I got excited over this as big O and Mazinger however but still fun enough nonetheless.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 07:10 AM)
    Seeing Hoffman in before the devil knows your dead and his character being dependent on drugs, that was another thing that hit me a bit knowing the circumstances of his death. Watching most wanted man I could also see that he was wearing out physically.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 07:00 AM)
    This is not Anno bitching about otakus jacking off to his characters and turning around and selling Rei panties, this isn’t the idiots at Shaft throwing around meaningless camera angles and the oh-so-symbolic teeth brushing scenes, this is a human being looking you in the eye with fear and telling you that he’s dying; morbid, honest, moving and remarkable.

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