Silence encompasses your soul in a peaceful childlike manner. The flaws of life seem as relevant as the perfect parts of life do. You feel overwhelmed by what you see and in turn feel – a different kind of connection that you might never have felt before while watching a movie. This is the kind of effect most of the Studio Ghibli movies might have on you.
As all the frequent watchers of Studio Ghibli movies might know, Studio Ghibli is a Japanese animation film studio. It is best known for its anime feature films. Almost all Studio Ghibli movies are like a breath of fresh air. They are simple yet complex at the same time.
My Neighbor Totoro
Directed by Hayao Miyazaki in 1988 the movie is about two sisters who move to the countryside with their father. The movie is about the adventures the two sisters have on befriending a forest spirit.
A beautifully animated movie, My Neighbor Totoro reminds one of their childhood. Therefore, the movie will not fail to bring a smile on anyone’s face and is a must watch.
The Tale of the Princess Kaguya
Isao Takahata directed the movie in 2013. The folktale ‘The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter’ forms the basis of this movie. A bamboo cutter and his wife find a tiny girl inside the stalk of a bamboo. The girl rapidly grows into a beautiful lady. However, there is a mystery about her that is yet to be uncovered.
The beautifully animated film employs traditional means of animation through watercolors. Furthermore, the movie showcases the restrictions imposed upon a girl to achieve a certain status in society. It shows how a girl is confined to certain norms of the society. Most of all the movies show the importance of individuality and uniqueness, love and affection and lasting friendships.
Hayao Miyazaki directed the movie in 1997. Prince Ashitaka is on a quest to find a cure for a deadly curse on him when he encounters an industrial colony which has waged a war against the forest. The forest gods including Mononoke Hime, raised by the wolf god try to protect the depleting forest. Ashitaka stuck between the two sides tries to pacify the war.
The movie is a deep reflection of the condition of the present day society. A socially apt film, it correctly portrays the misuse of forest resources by humans nowadays and the kind of effect it might have. Consequently, it is an eye opener.