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Like the Clouds, Like the Wind (1990)

Kumo no yôni, kaze no yôni (original title)
Country girl Ginga leaves her home in hope of becoming one of the Emperor's Wives.


Hisayuki Toriumi


Ken'ichi Sakemi (novel), Akira Miyazaki (screenplay)




Credited cast:
Ryoko Sano Ryoko Sano ... Ginga
Atsuko Takahata Atsuko Takahata ... Tamyuun
Ikuko Tani Ikuko Tani ... Queen Mother Kotu
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Yôko Asagami ... Ino
Yô Inoue Yô Inoue ... Kouyou
Kôichi Kitamura Kôichi Kitamura ... Mano
Akiji Kobayashi ... Konton (voice)
Yûji Mitsuya ... Kikkyou
Tadashi Nakamura Tadashi Nakamura ... Narrator
Mento Tamura Mento Tamura ... Kakuuto


Country girl Ginga leaves her home in hope of becoming one of the Emperor's Wives.

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Not A Ghibli Film
6 May 2004 | by dbborroughsSee all my reviews

First off - this film was not made by Studio Ghibli even though some sources list as such. The film has creative people in common with Ghibli so the film looks and feels like it might be part of the work of that studio.

This is the story of Ginga who rises from commoner to the first wife of the Emperor. She's a strong willed young woman, perhaps thirteen or fourteen, who stands out among all of the women brought to the palace to compete for the first spot. Add to it court intrigue and a rebellion and you have a potent mix.... ...or would if it didn't sort of wander into too many places for a 78 minute movie. The problem is that there is too much going on with too many characters that get the short end of the stick. I also question a couple of turns in the plot that seem intentionally bleak. For me there was a sense that it was about something in the minds of those who made it but it didn't reach the screen.

The film looks good, although its not quite as lush as the Ghibli films its confused with.

I give it five out of ten but that's probably a bit too generous for a rather bland film with some really great moments.

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21 March 1990 (Japan) See more »

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Como as Nuvens, Como o Vento See more »

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