howl's movie; no tintacks this time

minnow at minnow at
Mon Dec 6 13:10:05 EST 2004

I am very glad to be able to report that unlike the BBC, the Studio Ghibli
folk know how to do things properly and how to treat a Lady.

Sworn to secrecy in advance of the event, DWJ went this weekend to see
*Howl's Moving Castle* at a special screening put on for her at a cinema in
Bristol hired for the occasion by the studio, and dined afterwards with
Miyazaki and a number of other people from the production team, who had
flown from Japan for the occasion since they couldn't safely fly DWJ to
Tokyo and in any case are too polite to ask her to disrupt her life in such
a way.

She enjoyed it a great deal and she particularly recommends anyone who sees
it to watch out for the falling stars, which she says are "out of this
world, literally and figuratively".  Although it doesn't follow the plot of
the book exactly nor have quite the same characterisation, and includes
things that are definitely not in the original text, she didn't come away
feeling unhappy with what has been done with her work.

At the meal, she and Miyazaki talked with each other so much that the poor
girl interpreting for them didn't get a bite to eat, and DWJ was quite
worried for her (but she was able to hand over to another interpreter after
a while and did get some food in the end).  He seems to be a great fan of
the Dalemark books in particular, and his understanding of them and his
views about them impressed DWJ a lot.

I felt you'd all like to know that she hasn't been slighted this time.


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