Seeing and Believing 104: Makoto Shinkai’s Your Name and Terence Davies’ A Quiet Passion
Wade and Kevin’s heads are toward Eternity this week as they review Terence Davies’ latest film, the Emily Dickinson biopic A Quiet Passion. But first, they take a look at a Japanese animated film that’s been creating quite a buzz lately: Your Name. A lavish teenage romance and an austere literature-infused biopic—there’s something for everyone this week!
Listen to Seeing and Believing Episode 104:
Music interlude by Inspired and the Sleep, “So Great.” Used under Creative Commons license 3.0.
Theme music by Alexander Osborn and Lindsey Mysse. Used under Creative Commons license 3.0.
Hi Wayne and Kevin,
So glad to see you guys gushing over “Your Name.” My wife and I ended up watching the film knowing absolutely nothing about it. A friend of mine worked on the English localization and she wanted us to go see it with her. I didn’t even know that there was body switching! Needless to say my wife and I absolutely loved it. It takes the “Freaky Friday” plot and runs with it in a very unique and heartwarming way.
A point was brought up in the review regarding Western versus Eastern animation. While I do agree for the most part that Japanese animated film makers tend to be more free to explore different themes than ones in the US, there is still a huge glut of kids fare, most of which is based on television shows. Yet Japan does have its auteurs like Makoto Shinkai and the late Satoshi Kon. I guess the closest thing to people like that in the US are guys like Ralph Bakshi, but I don’t think he even found the mainstream success that a lot of Japanese animated film makers have. While there are some excellent animated films in the US, very rarely will you find one that doesn’t try to appeal to both kids and adults.
It’s interesting to see how two cultures can treat a medium so differently. A lot of Japan’s animation scene stems from their very different view of comics. And to get a better understanding of that I would recommend the books of Frederik L. Schodt, especially Dreamland Japan.
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