Sunday, January 24, 2010

You Amaze Me: Miyazaki

This Sunday I would like to share my amazement with Hayao Miyazaki's (or Studio Ghibli's) films. Not only are the breathtakingly beautiful, they have brilliant messages - frequently about our impact on the environment - that you don't find too often in films. He also focuses on pacifism and feminism (no "woe is me" damsels in distress, thankfully). The worlds he creates are simply wonderful...usually with elements of magic and flight...the kinds of things that leave you breathless, awed, and inspired. (Of course, they still manage to be adorable, too!)

(all from Google images)

If you haven't seen any of his films, I encourage you to do so. Ponyo is the latest released, I think Spirited Away is most popular, and my favorite so far was probably Princess Mononoke. Aside from those, I've also just seen Howl's Moving Castle, and Castle in the Sky. What can I say? They're all amazing. Which is your favorite?


  1. Thank you for reminding me how much I ADORE spirited away :) Brilliant! <3

  2. I seriously woke up this morning thinking about his movies and how much I loved them!

    I think Kiki's Delivery Service is one of my favs., with Howl's Moving Castle a very very close second. Haven't seen Ponyo yet though.

  3. Ooh I'll have to add Kiki's Delivery Service to my list :) I also want to see Valley of the Wind :)

  4. The only one I've ever seen is Kiki's Delivery Service, and that has remained one of my favorite movies of all time.
    I'd really like to see Howl's Moving Castle, too. I haven't read the book, but I've read another by the same author (Dogsbody) that I loved.

    And, AJ, please email me at so that we can work out your feature on my blog. :D

  5. Definitely see Valley of the Wind. It's easily my favorite Miyazaki.