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VERY BIG, SMART, WHIMSICAL, CHARMING, RADICALLY-WELL-PRODUCED MOVIE FOR ALL AGES (EXCEPT THE VERY YOUNG... some scary visuals)
on October 15, 2013
I've noticed that a great many Japanese plots stress morality lessons with their entertainment. (Once, America emphasized moral lessons in their films - the early 1900's - (Such were replaced by pure, often mindless Entertainment) And use their mythologies to dramatize them, along with offering life lessons learned by Japan
as a venerable, flexible yet centered culture. This film sure evidences all of the above.
Also TGAW offers, graphically beautiful, action-packed adventure with stunning effects. I collect Asian films
and art and have become a fan of their graphic institutions, from Manga, early watercolors, sculpture,architecture, product design and as here, motion pictures. (Much of which I acquired via Amazon, with more Asian arts than any online purveyor...)
A young boy is the hero, hassled by bullying school boys; a common, often-seen plot ploy (But he moves on to be most-often surrounded by adults, human and otherwise). 'TGYW' puts on a particularly Japanese spin. Look/listen for philosophical and spiritual injections amid monsters, morphing's (metaphors all), battle issues and family values, personal conviction/character/sacrifice. All presented in ways both children and adults can catch and think about together. TGYW's a particularly good see-together family film - but the action and bizarre scenes (not even a PG rating let alone R and up) Still, it can be appreciated from teens on. No one can be offend or confused by words or pictures.
I viewed the two-disk set which offers one of the best 'making of' rendition of the creative process I've seen, particularly exploring Japanese attitude of their artisans. It's an education, comparing Asian and Western Minds working, creating. Again, feasts for thought and discussion.
Akin to 'Yokai Wars'; here are some recommendations: (Amazon's usual 'insert' function was absent (?) at this writing...) :
THE LOST EMPIRE (Chinese, via 20th Century Fox), DREAMS (Akira Kurosawa, Japanese), WHY HAS BODHI-DHARMA LEFT FOR THE EAST? Chinese Classic), SPRING, SUMMER, FALL, WINTER, SPRING (Korean, classic). There are many more Asian films which can be enjoyed while opening Western Minds (just as Western movies have/can expand millions of minds in other countries... For better or worse) Last shot, two surprising films: THE TASTE OF TEA and DEATH NOTE (Japanese).
I viewed the two-disk TGYW set which offers one of the best 'making of' rendition of the creative process I've seen, particularly exploring Japanese attitude of their artisans. It's an education, comparing Asian and Western Minds working, creating, appreciating. Again, a feast for thought and discussion.