Saturday, March 28, 2009

Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea [崖の上のポニョ]

Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea [崖の上のポニョ] also known as Gake no Ue no Ponyo, is Ghibli Animation's newest movie written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki-sensei. The movie was released in Japan last July 19 ,2008 to 481 screens. However, production started since October of 2006. As far as I remember, the movie was the reason why Hayao Miyazaki-sensei could not direct Tales of the EarthSea. That's why Goro Miyazaki, Hayao's son, directed that particular film which caused them to fight. After the release of EarthSea, the two have settled the argument and are in good terms with each other.

The film is the second film by Ghibli which was made by water colors, the first being My Neighbor Totoro.

I have to admit that I have yet to watch the film, but judging from the good reception from audiences, I think this one would be a great movie! I also saw the trailer and it reminded me of My Neighbor Totoro, and being a kid.

I'm a great fan of Miyazaki-sensei's works, and of course, of Ghibli as a whole. I have high expectations from the movie. Judging from the art, the feeling is of that of a little kid. Even the art sets the mood for the story! It makes you think of magic and miracles, of fairytales and innosence.

The movie takes place in a rural part in Japan near a cliff. A mermaid/fish, Ponyo, decided that she wants to be a human being. Near the cliff, she is found by Souseke, a 5-year old kid, who lives near there.

Apparently, the character of Souseke was based on Goro Miyazaki when he was at that age. As a father, you can see how Miyazaki-sensei was really fond of his son. I can't wait to watch this! I promise to make a review of the film when I finish this. I'm sure I won't be disappointed.

Go here to download the torrent of the movie subbed by Momo. I'm sorry I couldn't find a link of momo's website. I've just heard of the group.

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