DWJ dream movie
ferricide at hotmail.com
Mon Dec 30 19:03:36 EST 2002
it's funny because as a fan of anime, the stock answer when asked what your
dream book to anime film project would be, the stock answer would be "oh,
miyazaki as the director." i'm pleased about howl's (changes won't bug me --
i wasn't expecting a straight take) but it's actually not what i'd choose if
i had the decision.
my personal choice for a film project would be charmed life directed by
kunihiko ikuhara (i've mentioned this before, but i doubt anyone has the
foggiest clue what i'm talking about.)
so i thought i'd share...
kunihiko ikuhara is the director of shoujo kakumei utena (revolutionary girl
utena.) it's a series about a young girl (a high school freshman, which in
japan would be 15) who resolves to become a prince (meaning to posess the
noble characteristics of a prince -- gallant, bold, brave, etc) after being
saved from her sorrow at a young age. she enters a boarding school called
ohtori academy and becomes embroiled in a series of (fencing) duels with the
student council. it's an amazingly vivid and intelligent series, with
amazing melancholy moments but inventive and bizarre comedy often as well.
one of the main reasons i'd suggest him is because of the period-look of the
series (it's supposed to take place in contemporary japan, but it certainly
doesn't look it.) the character designs are by a man called shinya hasegawa
and they're amazing.
this is nanami touga, and she's a complete bitch. she looks like a good
gwendolyn, doesn't she?
the second image is much larger:
here's a URL for the official site for the film based on the utena TV
series, "the adolesence of utena" (or as the US release is incorrectly
titled, "revolutionary girl utena: the movie"). it's flash-heavy, but you
can get a look at the general aesthetic of the series.
at any rate, between the emotional subtlety and the finely-tuned comedy of
the series -- along with the general aesthetic being perfect for the
denizens of chrestomanci castle (although there's no one who's anything but
rail-thin in utena, so millie and roger and julia would present a problem..)
it would be wonderful. i have a feeling chrestomanci would end up looking
something like akio ohtori (although with a different skin tone.)
ah, well, i've babbled a lot and not really gotten anywhere. i think it
would be lovely, anyway. =)
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