TIFF '14 Sunada is given rare access to the workings of Studio Ghibli as Miyazaki was completing 'The Wind Rises' and has come away with something exceptional. Instead of a biopic or history and with hardly any finished animation on display she has found the true spirit of creation, filmmaking and artistic pride. The emotion on display here both subtly and non is far more powerful than expected. A rare document.
The opportunity to gain so much access into Ghibli's behind-the-scenes production process is a delight. The viewer is plunged into the Takahata-Miyazaki 'Kaguya' vs 'Wind Rises' face off, as they both share their remarkably open reflections on their love/disillusionment with cinema. The documentary's fairly neutral and functional form compliments its subject. Been waiting to see his for a while...did not disappoint.
it's wonderful to see that there is more than just the Miyazaki. More than just the money and success. It's about the human connections and that's what makes his movies so beautiful. The fact that they are made inside the family, it's like they're raising a child and Miyazaki is that the oldest and wisest person.
(4.5) miyazaki is an artist whose spirit and philosophy i liked often more than his movies so i was absolutely thrilled when i saw that he's an even more interesting in real than i imagined. the kind of person you want to have a drink and long conversations with because they have an unique view of the world. and being allowed behind someone's creative process is always a huge thing for me.