I was huge fan of him ... but if I have to tell the truth this is not a good movie at all. Firstly story is not strong and it contains predictable final ..secondly character animation looks like a rotoscope without facial expression .and it becomes boring after a while... I was expecting extraordinary film from this talented person.His short films has more creativity than this feature film.
Perhaps if he'd killed it in a fit of pique I'd be more understanding, but he left it to bake in the sun while he built the raft that was never going to save him as the turtle struggled in the background. Abuse of animals is evil, and I guess I don't care if it's just a conceit in service of a larger metaphor about life, it puts me in a foul mood, so fuck it. Violence in nature docs I can handle, but that's not this.
A sensibility shared both with "Princess Mononoko" and the best stranded-in-a-island narratives. As usual with Studio Ghibli's productions, the visual narrative is quite awesome. There is an universality as much as a simplicity appeal that really moved me. And no, I will no say a word about the story: enjoy it unspoiled.
Pretty much the perfect film to watch after Thanksgiving, as I did, surrounded by an initially dubious but eventually won-over and teary-eyed extended family, for whom, I think, the sudden replacement of a red turtle with a female human worked better than it did for me. While I wasn't unmoved by the parable of fragile, fleeting intimacy that developed, I had expected wilder wonders.
The no dialogue choice was perfect. Drawing is beautiful, but my favourite aspect was the colouring, which is probably on the best I've seen in animation. The fantastic dimension didn't feel to anchor into something consistent, and I personally wished the tone was just a bit less light-hearted. There's an inner peace that comes with this film, though, that drew me into a very pleasant meditative state while watching.
beautiful and moving. I need to rewatch it tho, I was slightly intoxicated while watching. I was infuriated about the whole story that he (SPOILER) killed the turtle and it then turns into a woman who becomes his wifes. like I said, need to rewatch, but from a feminist perspective, I was just disgusted.. STILL stunningly beautiful.
If I want a meditation on the transience of life, then Ozu does this kind of thing better. If I want a meditation on the relationship between human beings and the environment, then Patricia Guzman's recent movies delve deeper, not to mention dozens of other filmmakers mining that territory. What makes this worth watching is the medium-specific take on those themes, how the animation gushes us in and out of life.