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Tomorrow the famed Studio Ghibli is to announce their next full length feature film. Following up Miyazaki's Ponyo, will it be Paku-san's (Takahata Isao) long longed for comeback film? Or perhaps will it be by their new director about whom producer Suzuki told some time ago (rumoured to be Yonebayashi Hiromasa)? Well, the latter might certainly be the case as two days ago Suzuki noted the director is 36 years old and that his animating skill is the best in Studio Ghibli. He didn't expect to be become a director, but nowadays though Miyazaki often sits next to him to encourage him. Either way, more news tomorrow at GhibliWorld.com, but for now it's a good excuse to spice up this Twitch-o-Meter with the animated flavor of five random works worth checking out.
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It's kind of ironic that the realization came by watching something as far from the concept of femininity as Kwak Kyung-Taek's 친구 - 우리들의 전설 (Friend - Our Legend) is, but maybe that's another proof of how much depth and meaning his first ever TV drama had. That is, in the midst of what you'd expect to be raging machismo and tidal waves of testosterone, what often stood out instead were the women - Busan's tough as nails women, with the charisma and panache of divas from the Golden Age, their often rugged exterior chiseled by time. Generalizations are always the most friendly of compeers when trying to make a point, but meet any woman (particularly of a few generations older than today's teenagers) from Busan, and you'll feel that unique color, mixing their often disarmingly pragmatic ways with the irresistible warmth and joie de vivre their exterior seldom reveals. »
2 items from 2009
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