"Kimi no Na wa" or "Your Name" may not be given the nomination for Oscars but there is no doubt that the anime movie is one of the greatest. Makoto Shinkai's film is still not finished and is still setting records domestically and internationally. The film received numerous reviews and criticisms but not from the legendary Hayao Miyazaki whom Shinkai viewed in high regards.
The body-shifting movie has recently been hailed as the highest grossing anime film world wide exceeding Miyazaki's and Studio Ghibli's Academy Award winning "Spirited Away". However, the 76 year old director and animator remained silent though he is known by giving harsh comments when it comes to animation. For the first time, Studio Ghibli co-founder and former producer, Toshio Suzuki, shared some of Miyazaki's thoughts on Shinkai's latest film.
According to Anime News Network, the February 2 issue of Bungeishunjū's Weekly Bunshun magazine highlights an interview with Suzuki. As per Suzuki and Miyazaki, they have predicted that someone may use the same theme where a girl loses her way in a different world which they used in "Spirited Away". Suzuki even mentioned that he had a hunch that Shinkai is a fan of Miyazaki's works.
The former producer praised "Your Name" saying that it is well-made where all the characters, lines and music made the background in the spotlight. "The high fall sky that seems like it could be breathed in was especially impressive," Suzuki said. "The Case of Hana & Alice" director Shunji Iwai even compared the film with Rene Magritte's painting titled 'The Castle of the Pyrenees' saying that the film shows enduring persuasive power with audacity.
Contrary to the belief of others, Shinkai's film hurdled huge problems to reach the place where its stands today. The film's production and promotion budgets were kept really low which is actually lower than the average film budget in Japan as reported by The Hollywood Reporter. Shinkai's previous film "Garden of Words" only garnered 150 million yen which resulted to his "Kimi no Na wa" receiving less budget.
Meanwhile an English dubbed version of "Your Name" is currently in theaters in Japan that will end this coming Saturday. Shinkai's film will be hitting the US cinemas in both the subtitled and dubbed versions on April 17.
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