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Miyazaki's Howl's Moving Castle Open in Japan

CmdrTaco posted more than 9 years ago | from the tapping-my-toes-impatiently dept.

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blamanj writes ""Howl's Moving Castle" (Howl no Ugoku Shiro), is the latest animated epic from Miyazaki's Studio Ghibli. In a departure from his usual sources, this time Miyazaki has adapted a story by British author Diana Wynne Jones. The reviews look good." CT: Apparently Howl's opened a few weeks ago.

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first (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11149708)

post

je l'ai (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11149714)

je l'ai

Re:je l'ai (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11149903)

Non, peut être une prochaine fois...

The film opened on Nov. 22nd, not yesterday (1)

bonch (38532) | more than 9 years ago | (#11150009)

Article from Nov. 24th [japantimes.co.jp] in Japan Times.

The reviews look good (0)

Ironsides (739422) | more than 9 years ago | (#11149716)

The reviews look good.

It's by Miyazaki. It has to be good.

Re:The reviews look good (1)

UWC (664779) | more than 9 years ago | (#11149919)

It's by Miyazaki. It has to be good.

That reminded me of the slogan of Smucker's jellies, jams, and such:
"With a name like Smucker's, it has to be good."

Re:The reviews look good (1)

bonch (38532) | more than 9 years ago | (#11149964)

Just one question, is it as good as "Spirited Away?"

Re:The reviews look good (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11150072)

Or Princess Mononokee?

Miyazaki came out of retirement to make Spirited Away and again to make Howl's Moving Castle. I don't know if it will be as good as either but I have yet to see a Miyazaki film that I wouldn't rate as outstanding. He is truly the master of Japanese animation.

I'm looking forward to seeing it, but as a pedant: (1)

pjt33 (739471) | more than 9 years ago | (#11150245)

The book's good too, but it has been known for great directors to turn great books into awful films.

Well (-1, Troll)

spac3manspiff (839454) | more than 9 years ago | (#11149722)

It seems like another slow news day.

Re:Well (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11149735)

In Korea, only old people have slow news days.

Re:Well (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11149775)

In korea, only old people watch japanese movies.

Re:Well (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11149789)

It's only a slow news day if it's been digitally signed.

Re:Well (1)

Scrameustache (459504) | more than 9 years ago | (#11149943)

Hey, moderators, how's about you DON'T mod the trolls up, for a change?

Re:Well (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11149975)

yeah these silly fcking jokes are getting quite lame

News for ... who? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11149723)

I thought this was "News For Nerds", not "News For Adults who still watch children's cartoons"?
Go on, mod me down if you're 30 years old and still watch kid's TV ...

Re:News for ... who? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11149747)

I thought this was "News For Nerds", not "News For Adults who still watch children's cartoons"? Go on, mod me down if you're 30 years old and still watch kid's TV ...
Most people would call "Adult who still watch children's cartoon" nerds.

(By the way Miyazaki's movies are not childrens movies)

Re:News for ... who? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11149795)

"By the way Miyazaki's movies are not childrens movies"

They're cartoons, and therefore for kids. That's a pretty definite correlation. If he wants the Japanese movie industry to be taken seriously like the American one, try making films with *real* actors and scenes. Oh, no, that would require a budget. Take a look at the movie listings at your local picture house ... see any Japanese films? Nope ... or maybe just one. Compare and contrast to the vast number of American films that make it out there.

Re:News for ... who? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11149861)

They're cartoons, and therefore for kids.
Quite a strange opinion IMHO

Re:News for ... who? (1)

nkh (750837) | more than 9 years ago | (#11149932)

In japanese culture, cartoons are for everyone. If cartoon are for kids, everthing drawn is for kids, so art is for kids (Dali, Picasso...) And remember the propaganda cartoons featuring Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck during the WW2.

Re:News for ... who? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11149939)

Wow. That's just stunningly retarded. You don't belong on this web site.

Re:News for ... who? (1)

Jucius Maximus (229128) | more than 9 years ago | (#11150042)

"They're cartoons, and therefore for kids. That's a pretty definite correlation. If he wants the Japanese movie industry to be taken seriously like the American one, try making films with *real* actors and scenes. Oh, no, that would require a budget. Take a look at the movie listings at your local picture house ... see any Japanese films? Nope ... or maybe just one. Compare and contrast to the vast number of American films that make it out there."

An obvious troll. It's either that or he's just an ignorant fool.

Re:News for ... who? (1)

BenjyD (316700) | more than 9 years ago | (#11150111)

Erm, ever heard of this program called the Simpsons? It's quite a popular cartoon I've heard.

Foreign Films (4, Interesting)

MightyMartian (840721) | more than 9 years ago | (#11150186)

> They're cartoons, and therefore for kids. That's a pretty definite correlation.
> If he wants the Japanese movie industry to be taken seriously like the
> American one, try making films with *real* actors and scenes. Oh, no, that
> would require a budget. Take a look at the movie listings at your local
> picture house ... see any Japanese films? Nope ... or maybe just one. Compare
> and contrast to the vast number of American films that make it out there.

Well, the US only has a relatively small fraction of the world's population, and believe it or not, these sorts of movies become huge successes making their producers and backers big bucks, even if some Yankee who's looking for the latest blow-em-up-real-good Hollywood splashganza doesn't even know they exist.

Miyazaki is an artist, and his animated films tell compelling stories in a manner that I doubt most Hollywood junkies could appreciate.

As to movie theatres in North America, they are pretty much dominated by the Hollywood system, and unless you live in a bigger community with theatres that can afford to run relatively unpopular films (foreign films, silent films and black and white films), the average movie-goer is sadly out of luck.

I've been watching a lot more older and foreign films lately. I watched Renoir's The Rules of the Game a month ago, borrowed it from my local library. What a brilliant film, but I doubt that most of my fellow Canadians and most Americans know it even exists. There's a whole ocean of great films out there, but the only way most North Americans ever know they exist is if Hollywood remakes it.

I'm not bashing American film making. I mean, Hollywood is perfectly capable of making great films still, but it's just very sad that someone like Miyazaki is condemned because he doesn't use live actors. What exactly does that mean nowadays in CGI filmmaking anyways. I mean, I consider movies like the Star Wars prequels to be basically cartoons. At some point in the not-so-distant future CGI will have evolved to the point that real-looking people on the silver screen will be completely constructed.

Whether it's animated, black and white, foreign and dubbed or subtitled into English, or a Hollywood film, I want a good story told well.

Re:Foreign Films (1)

tuxpixie (842242) | more than 9 years ago | (#11150431)

They're cartoons, and therefore for kids. That's a pretty definite correlation. > If he wants the Japanese movie industry to be taken seriously like the > American one, try making films with *real* actors and scenes. Oh, no, that > would require a budget. Take a look at the movie listings at your local > picture house ... see any Japanese films? Nope ... or maybe just one. Compare > and contrast to the vast number of American films that make it out there. ever caught a little thing called akira ? http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0094625/ [imdb.com] incidentally did anyone else think the cg in spiderman 2 was close to the worst yet?

Re:Foreign Films (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11150508)

yhbt

Re:News for ... who? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11149821)

In any case, it's definitely not "News for Seventeen-Year-Olds who don't know the difference between Mickey Mouse and violent historical fiction like Princess Mononoke."

Historical Fiction? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11150050)

Exactly what part of Princess Mononoke was historical?

Wow.... a cartoon... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11149727)

What wonderful FRONT PAGE material...

That's all well and good but (4, Funny)

Omicron32 (646469) | more than 9 years ago | (#11149732)

I'm not watching it if it's not digitally signed.

I'll skip it (1)

tepples (727027) | more than 9 years ago | (#11149793)

I probably won't watch it anyway, given that our arch-enemy in copyright lobbying [losingnemo.com] has the exclusive U.S. distribution rights for Miyazaki's movies. I've decided that Disney gets little to none of my money until 2024, when Mickey and Pooh finally enter the public domain in the United States.

Re:I'll skip it (2, Interesting)

MightyMartian (840721) | more than 9 years ago | (#11149936)

I despise Disney, but I'll still watch it. Miyazaki is just too good for minor things like principles to get in the way. I finally got to watch Spirited Away last year, and as far as I'm concerned, it blows Pixar away (and I think Pixar's pretty awesome , too).

Re:I'll skip it (1)

UWC (664779) | more than 9 years ago | (#11150032)

It's worth noting that Pixar similarly idolizes Ghibli films. Didn't Pixar's John Lasseter do the voice directing for Spirited Away's English dub?

Re:I'll skip it (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11150118)

Except that before 2024, they will have successfully lobbied to have their copyrights, trademarks, etc., extended again.

Will the Supremes allow such an installment plan? (1)

tepples (727027) | more than 9 years ago | (#11150415)

before 2024, they will have successfully lobbied to have their copyrights, trademarks, etc., extended again.

That's the point. If they extend the copyright, many of us will extend the boycott. Besides, the Supreme Court hinted in its opinion in Eldred v. Ashcroft that even though it would uphold a second successive copyright term extension (1976 and 1998), it's likely to find an unconstitutional "pattern of behavior" should Congress extend copyrights for a third time in a row.

Re:That's all well and good but (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11149811)

I don't know if the movie is, but the .torrent file is.

Re:That's all well and good but (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11149906)

The .torrent file is the movie, if don't know

Re:That's all well and good but (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11149819)

You better not be using that them Line X thing, that them's for fah'reners. Real 'mericans use Intarweb Explorer, yep.

Re:That's all well and good but (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11149876)

I'm only watching it if it's digitally signed.

Re:That's all well and good but (1)

Mad_Rain (674268) | more than 9 years ago | (#11150077)

In Korea, only old people worry about digital signatures...

Damn, that meme died out quickly. What about "In Soviet Russia, Memes repeat YOU!"

hot grits?

hello?

Re:That's all well and good but (1)

timster (32400) | more than 9 years ago | (#11150220)

Maybe "In Soviet Russia, unless you are digitally signed, no one trusts YOU!"

Uh, maybe not.

Wow, his "Lastest" Movie. (2, Funny)

Wandering Wombat (531833) | more than 9 years ago | (#11149749)

For reals this time!

Re:Wow, his "Lastest" Movie. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11149875)

Like "Final" Fantasy.

The biggest concern... (5, Interesting)

JossiRossi (840900) | more than 9 years ago | (#11149757)

I didn't see anything on it, but have they done any dubbing? I personally prefer subtitles, but they may try to pull a "Must appeal to a wider audience" when they pull it over to the states. Will the English speaking version suck? Who knows.

Re:The biggest concern... (1)

genner (694963) | more than 9 years ago | (#11149801)

The real question is will the fan sub be released on the net this week.

Americans... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11149895)

don't have the same tolerance to animated pornography that Japan does. In order for animated porno to be popular there, it has to be toned down.

Re:Americans... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11150178)

Miyazaki doesn't do porn. Most of his movies are children's movies with a few noteable exceptions (like Princess Mononokee). And those would probably be rated PG-13 at worst. People don't watch his movies for action or violence, but the beautifully illustrated story. His films are incredibly immersive and allow the audience to forget they are watching a movie in the same way that Stanley Kubricks film's did or the Lord of the Rings Trilogy did.

Re:The biggest concern... (3, Informative)

aardvarkjoe (156801) | more than 9 years ago | (#11149966)

I didn't see anything on it, but have they done any dubbing? I personally prefer subtitles, but they may try to pull a "Must appeal to a wider audience" when they pull it over to the states.
Howl will almost certainly be released in the same way that Miyazaki's other movies have been here in the states: the DVDs have both english and japanese audio tracks, and English subtitles as well. As for whether the dub will suck or not -- so far, most of the dubs have been very good. The only exception, in my opinion, was Castle in the Sky, which had a pretty poor dub.

Re:The biggest concern... (1)

nkh (750837) | more than 9 years ago | (#11149969)

It's not my concern: I refuse anything that has been dubbed (or as I like to call it, interpreted by someone else's brain and spoon-fed to me). And learning new languages is always a good thing for your brain.

Re:The biggest concern... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11150152)

Pardon me while I fake bowing to your pretentiousness.

Re:The biggest concern... (1)

UWC (664779) | more than 9 years ago | (#11150358)

I applaud your mastery of sarcasm. I wanted badly to post a similar reply, but could not muster the requisite composure to move beyond my open-mouthed amazement at such unabashed and completely laughable pretension. Its complete perfection (note the "or as I like to call it") makes it seem like an intentional troll, but the lack of AC status makes me fear that the comment is indeed genuine.

Re:The biggest concern... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11150596)

That's neat. I mean only takes the Japanese about 12 years of schooling (to read kanji) before they can read a newspaper. If a movie is good enough, I should spend the time, right? Lets see, I have movies in Japanese (learning), Spanish (know), German (know), French, English (know poorly--I learned it as an American ;) ), Italian, Chinese, Russian, and Arabic. Not going to be watching movies for a while I guess.

Re:The biggest concern... (1)

iabervon (1971) | more than 9 years ago | (#11150300)

Considering that it just openned in Japan, they probably haven't done any work on an English version yet. American distributors are annoyingly slow about signing anime, even Miyazaki's work, and it would be too much of a risk to actually do English voices without any particular plans to release it in an English version. On the other hand, I bet the English script will be relatively true to the original this time.

Re:The biggest concern... (4, Informative)

UWC (664779) | more than 9 years ago | (#11150407)

Disney has exclusive US distribution rights to all Ghibli work (note that the Miramax label, under which Princess Mononoke was released, is owned by Disney), so there shouldn't be a problem with signing. I think Spirited Away was in US theaters within a year of its Japanese release, wasn't it? I hope this sees a similarly speedy release. Spirited Away's critical success bodes well for a fairly wide release.

Re:The biggest concern... (1)

Elkboy (770849) | more than 9 years ago | (#11150448)

I doubt Studio Ghibli do any dubbing, since the film is already scheduled for release in the West and Disney surely have something big planned already.

However, I bought the Spirited Away DVD directly from Japan, and it had english subtitles. It might be the same for the Howl DVD.

Miyazaki's films always have a moral (5, Insightful)

BillsPetMonkey (654200) | more than 9 years ago | (#11149786)

The moral in Sen to Chihiro no kamikaukushi ("Spirited Away") is basically "Don't destroy the environment" and "Children should learn manners".

Sounds very simple, but how many Hollywood films teach kids this stuff? It's subtle. I wonder what the moral is for this one.

FUCK OFF (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11149837)

please.

Re:Miyazaki's films always have a moral (1)

0racle (667029) | more than 9 years ago | (#11149863)

I hate movies with a moral, I watch to be entertained, not talked down to with a tone that the director needs to educate me. If you want children to grow up with some morals, talk to their parents, not Hollywood.

Re:Miyazaki's films always have a moral (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11149926)

Ummm remember these are kids films - anime fan geekboys like yourself might think they're "reeeally kewl" but actually you're an incidental audience.

Oh, and I can tell you're not a parent.

Re:Miyazaki's films always have a moral (3, Interesting)

MightyMartian (840721) | more than 9 years ago | (#11150018)

> I hate movies with a moral, I watch to be entertained, not talked
> down to with a tone that the director needs to educate me. If you want
> children to grow up with some morals, talk to their parents, not
> Hollywood.

Good grief. Most children's stories throughout history, heck most stories in general, have morals to them. That's rather the point, to entertain and educate.

I agree that the idiocy of American cartoons, where there are 22 minutes of violence (without bloodshed, of course), 7 minutes of commercials many of which advocate violence, and then a 1 minute value lesson:

"Grimy the Psychotic Robot helped his arch-enemy Bullwipe the Satanic Frog of Doom, so we should always help people."

However, Spirited Away's lessons were subtle and did not come off as preachy. I think it's much better to have films such as this then to have them watching endless volumes of violence on TV and in theaters. Nothing wrong with violence, but let's face it, Hollywood doesn't do a good job of showing the other side of it.

Re:Miyazaki's films always have a moral (1)

pete-classic (75983) | more than 9 years ago | (#11150101)

Any work of fiction worth watching (or reading) has a point of some sort. If the author presents it subtly enough people will call it a "theme." If he makes it more plain they will call it a moral. If he crams it down the audience's throat he's being didactic or even condescending.

You can have a moral without moralizing.

-Peter

Re:Miyazaki's films always have a moral (1)

aardvarkjoe (156801) | more than 9 years ago | (#11149899)

The moral in Sen to Chihiro no kamikaukushi ("Spirited Away") is basically "Don't destroy the environment" and "Children should learn manners".

... I wonder what the moral is for this one.

If you'd seen any of his other movies, you'd know it's a pretty safe bet that "don't destroy the environment" is part of this one as well.

Re:Miyazaki's films always have a moral (2, Interesting)

Scrameustache (459504) | more than 9 years ago | (#11149908)

The moral in Sen to Chihiro no kamikaukushi ("Spirited Away") is basically "Don't destroy the environment" and "Children should learn manners".

Er, the moral is always "good little japanese girls work hard and don't complain".

Every, single, time.

He'll tack on additional morals, if need be, but "work hard" is the moral of everything I've seen with Miyazaki's name attached.

Re:Miyazaki's films always have a moral (1)

kaalamaadan (639250) | more than 9 years ago | (#11150336)

How true. However, I have not been astute enough to observe this in Miyazaki's movies.

But in the darker and famous Grave of the Fireflies [imdb.com] , the DVD special features contains an interview of the other Studio Ghibli director, Isao Takahata [imdb.com] mentions that the moral he wanted to convey was that you could survive in postwar Japan if you worked hard, but the boy-girl couple in the movie did not bother, and died. The movie-watching public took it just as an immensely touching story of sibling love.

Thank God for that. I do not appreciate the darker message.

Re:Miyazaki's films always have a moral (4, Interesting)

Lemmy Caution (8378) | more than 9 years ago | (#11150543)

That's not the "moral," that's the background of Japanese culture from which it's created. It may be shocking to you, but working hard and not complaining are actual values (for both genders) that are very much embodied in Japanese child-rearing.

From the Japanese perspective, the moral of American media is "slack off and whine a lot."

Re:Miyazaki's films always have a moral (1)

bonch (38532) | more than 9 years ago | (#11149986)

As I understood it, and according to those involved with the film, the movie's core message is about the transition from childhood to adulthood, and not losing your nature along the way.

No, that's barely scratching the surface. (4, Interesting)

DeadVulcan (182139) | more than 9 years ago | (#11150125)

The moral in Sen to Chihiro no kamikaukushi ("Spirited Away") is basically "Don't destroy the environment" and "Children should learn manners".

Chihiro, at the beginning of the film, seems somewhat spoiled and incessantly whiney.

By the end, she has had to set her own goals, make her own decisions, accept responsibility, and carry through on a long-term plan. All without the guidance of her parents. It's the process of growing up and leaving the nest. Sorry, but "children should learn manners" just doesn't cover all that.

Sorry, gotta say more (1)

DeadVulcan (182139) | more than 9 years ago | (#11150286)

By the end of the film, Chihiro has come to an understanding that the world doesn't revolve around her; everyone basically acts in self-interest, and therein is the value of true friends who will act on your behalf even if it's not in their interest.

She also learns independence. See, it would be one thing if Chihiro merely latched onto the Yubaba as a surrogate mother. But she doesn't. At the end of the film, she confronts even her, in order to free her parents. This is an astounding level of independence if you consider her character at the beginning of the film.

It's a level of maturity that many adults don't achieve. I can't say I'm sure that I have.

Environmental Manners (1)

fm6 (162816) | more than 9 years ago | (#11150141)

I got the manners part, but where was there a moral about the environment?

(Somehow I heard that Miyazaki came out of retirement to make Spirited Away after meeting a particularly spoiled child. But I suspect he'll never retire. Not that I want him to!)

You're right about Miyazaki always having a moral. But that might suggest to people who've never seen his work that he's preachy. Anything but. His stories are always simple, charming, and easy to enjoy.

Re:Environmental Manners (1)

mOdQuArK! (87332) | more than 9 years ago | (#11150416)

There were two main scenarios relating to the environment: the really huge, powerful, stinky slime monster she had to bathe (and released all kinds of human junk from), plus the boy/dragon she befriended (who used to be a river spirit before his river got filled in for development).

I think there were some incidental comments (by Yubaba?) about how humans don't treat the environment very kindly.

Re:Miyazaki's films always have a moral (1)

aiabx (36440) | more than 9 years ago | (#11150259)

What was the moral in Totoro? Travel by catbus when you visit your seriously ill mother? Don't plant seeds without doing a dance? If there is a moral there, it's so subtly hidden that I can't spot it; it just seemed like a charming children's adventure to me.
-aiabx

Re:Miyazaki's films always have a moral (1)

tuffy (10202) | more than 9 years ago | (#11150404)

What was the moral in Totoro? Travel by catbus when you visit your seriously ill mother? Don't plant seeds without doing a dance? If there is a moral there, it's so subtly hidden that I can't spot it; it just seemed like a charming children's adventure to me.

Totoro doesn't have a moral. It does have a theme about mystery in the natural world and their sick mother provides the conflict/plot. But it's not a lesson-teaching story like some sort of Aesop's fable ("a delivery of corn makes everything better", etc.).

The book was fantastic (1)

lrwx (800141) | more than 9 years ago | (#11149798)

I'm sure the movie will just as good.

Opens today? (4, Informative)

delirium_9 (26055) | more than 9 years ago | (#11149802)

You're kidding right? This thing has been out for a month. Before it came out there was a lot of hype but from the people I know who've seen it the movie wasn't very good.

But it did do well in the box office:
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/getarticle.pl5 ?nn20041124b1.htm [japantimes.co.jp]

Re:Opens today? (1)

FortKnox (169099) | more than 9 years ago | (#11149998)

You'd think that a guy so into anime he feels it belongs on the front page (I keep lobbying for an anime section so we can push it off the front page) would know his stuff when it comes to anime.

Really, though... is this really slashworthy (even if its on the front page)? I think its slashworthy for slashdot.co.jp or whatever. Maybe when its released in the US... but this? eh....

Re:Opens today? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11150116)

So basically, you're pissed off because something made the front page that you don't think is important.

Do you feel the same way about case mods? I don't think those are particularly important, myself. How about Microsoft patches? One could argue that those aren't really important to Slashdot, either, since most /. readers are already Linux afficionados.

Basically, you seem to have forgotten that you live in a society where people have interests and priorities that don't necessarily match your own. You give a little, you take a little. Better get used to it!

Anime (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11149805)

lol... anime fags

Funny, I thought it opened on Nov 20th... (5, Informative)

relayer (104429) | more than 9 years ago | (#11149827)

http://www.nausicaa.net/miyazaki/newspro/latest_ne ws.shtml#newsitemEEpEEFukyFuAXaDnpx

November 22, 2004 "Howl" Breaks Japanese Weekend Box Office Record
From Kyodo Press Flash24:
Toho announced :
'Howl' earned 1,400 million yen (~$13.5 million USD) at the box office in the first day of release and its next day (Nov 20, 21). This is the highest new record at a Japanese movie.

Re:Funny, I thought it opened on Nov 20th... (1)

Picass0 (147474) | more than 9 years ago | (#11149878)

Mod parent up.

Re:Funny, I thought it opened on Nov 20th... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11150205)

Off by one error! Off by one error!

Looking forward to it! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11149836)

Sure am looking forward to it. We know what a hit anime is in the US. I'll be flooding the theatre along with America's 15 other anime fans. Just like when we made "Princess Mononoke" the year's top box office smash.

Awesome, will DL (4, Funny)

OverlordQ (264228) | more than 9 years ago | (#11149854)

I'll just hop over to suprnova and . . oh wait . . . NoooooOoooo! ;)

Re:Awesome, will DL (1)

tepples (727027) | more than 9 years ago | (#11149928)

Liked Suprnova? Try Demonoid.

My question (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11149877)

How many minutes into the film before we see the first romantic tentacle scene?

It opened in November (2, Interesting)

Glog (303500) | more than 9 years ago | (#11149884)

I was in Japan in November and the movie was in theaters! How did you come up with "yesterday was the opening date"?

Editors... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11150012)

Do you know how long it takes for a submission to go through if you're not a personal friend of an editor?

Sneak preview in select cities (0)

tepples (727027) | more than 9 years ago | (#11150025)

I don't know about Japan, but in the United States, residents of select big cities may get a "sneak preview" before the nationwide release date. It costs money to replicate a feature film onto 35mm film media for projection, and it's cheaper to allocate reels when and where they're needed. Showing the movie for a brief period in big cities first lets "early adopters" in areas of high population density and high affluence see the movie without inconveniencing casual theater goers nationwide, as the studio can use fewer reels in big city theaters and more reels in small town theaters on the official opening weekend.

Trailers (4, Informative)

Andorion (526481) | more than 9 years ago | (#11149933)

Website [onlineghibli.com]

Quicktime 4 Trailer [onlineghibli.com]

XviD Teaser [onlineghibli.com]

~Berj

Re:Trailers (1)

Jucius Maximus (229128) | more than 9 years ago | (#11150023)

You have to spoof your referrer or actually visit the page to download those files.

DO NOT (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11149946)

and I repeat: do not under any circumstances declare war

Wow... (1)

fizban (58094) | more than 9 years ago | (#11149953)

You mean slashdot posts are *that* far behind???

TFA? (1)

mzwaterski (802371) | more than 9 years ago | (#11149976)

Did anyone bother to look at the links...the very first link includes: Feature Film: November 20, 2004 / 119 minutes

Seems to clue in to the fact that blamanj doesn't have a clue what he is talking about!

Anime for pedophiles? (1)

NessusRed (710227) | more than 9 years ago | (#11150098)

I just watched a piece on 60 minutes were an man in his 40's used anime to lure boys into his home and then molest them. The piece detailed this is not an uncommon occurence. The story led me and probably all viewers to conclude that men over 15 that watch cartoons are probably pedophiles. I know alot of Slashdotters watch anime. So my question is, is this true? Is anime a large portion of the pedophile community?

anime nerd (1, Flamebait)

biryokumaru (822262) | more than 9 years ago | (#11150105)

as a friendless loser, i watch a lot of anime, and i must say i find studio ghibli films to be somewhat lacking. i mean, the art is okay (a lot of anime has really good art, flcl for example), but the application of the story lines is sub par.

everyone seems to like'em, but personally ive been pretty dissappointed by everything they've done.

Same girl? (2, Funny)

Woogiemonger (628172) | more than 9 years ago | (#11150115)

Is this Sophie going to be the same girl that appears in his other movies? (Nausicaa, Spirited Away, Kiki's Delivery Service, etc.)

Hurrah (1)

kaalamaadan (639250) | more than 9 years ago | (#11150221)

Yay. That's the best news I have heard in a while. There's some home left in the world.

A Moving Castle? (1)

nxtr (813179) | more than 9 years ago | (#11150309)

Like a medieval RV?

Am Looking forward to it. (1)

tuxpixie (842242) | more than 9 years ago | (#11150332)

although fuck knows when it'l hit the uk. suppose i'd better start looking for a torrent

Similarities... (1)

gandell (827178) | more than 9 years ago | (#11150450)

I find it strange that he used the EXACT same animation technique for the "floating woman comes towards camera" shot as he did in Spirited Away.

I assume similarities in style, but that shot was an EXACT replica of the shot in Spirited Away.

One thing I do like about this one is that it seems to feature older people. I'm sick of this "teenager goes on a journey, becomes a man" or "child goes on a journey, grows up" anime. I'd like to see some issues for older characters. Very interested in seeing this.

Spirited Away was overrated (1)

DSLAMngu (715456) | more than 9 years ago | (#11150511)

Did anyone else think Spirited Away was overrated?

Let's start with the box and the liners. Miyazaki praises himself for introducing a plot with no good or evil. Supposedly, this is some kind of revolutionary step in anime development, or at least that's how it's portrayed. It isn't.

Also, though most anime I've been introduced to has themes appealing to a broad range of age groups, Spirited Away is clearly made only for children. I sat there, searching for absolutely anything that would appeal to people over the age of twelve, but I found nothing besides some blood. A little girl grows up and falls in love with this dragon river spirit thing. Does love that young/cross-species even make any sense? Contrast this with most Disney and Pixar films, which not only contain fanciful settings and characters for the kids, but highly emotional and challenging moral situations that manage to appeal to adult audiences. I doubt whether any academic exegesis of this film (besides artistic/historical) will be worth writing, because of the appearent simplicity of the plot. Contrast this with the fantastic Princess Mononoke, and again, most Disney and Pixar films.

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