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Kumo no yôni, kaze no yôni (1990)

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)


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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 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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21 March 1990 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Como as Nuvens, Como o Vento See more »

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Pierrot,NTV,Yomiko Advertising See more »
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The movie's pace was off-tempo
1 May 2011 | by neenahhhSee all my reviews

"Like the Clouds, Like the Wind" follows Ginga's story. She is an energetic and lively country girl who, one day, gets a shot at becoming one of the Emperor's wives.

While I was watching it, I wasn't really thinking about how I felt about the movie. I just thought that it was a normal Japanese film- filled with cute animations and whatnot. But after having watched the whole film and letting everything sink in, I realized that this is quite a heavy film. Sure, it's not as sad as other films or as full of angst and drama as television shows, but it is quite heavy for a film associated with Studio Ghibli. I know Hayao Miyazaki didn't make this film, but hey, when media categorizes film like these under: "Non-Ghibli Films involving Studio Ghibli People", people can't help but associate them together! Which brings me to this: People who decide to watch this because they think that this is another one of Studio Ghibli's magical works are going to be in for a real disappointment and should really just exit this IMDb page now.

I thought the animation was good for something done in the 90's. It reminded me of "Kiki's Delivery Service" and a bit of "Inuyasha". This movie also had lots of dry humor. Some were not entirely appropriate for children, though. Based from my own memory, I can remember about 1-2 sexual innuendos, 3-5 sexist jokes and lots of violence. It's not anything too harsh, though. The jokes can be overlooked and the violence wasn't gory at all. Just a few slashes and gunshots here and there.

The worst thing about this movie was the pacing. It killed the movie. I was interested during the start, where all the girls were being taught by a teacher on how to become fit for an Emperor's wife and all that jazz. But my interest suddenly dwindled when the "plot" surfaced. It seemed very messy and put together too fast. The climax just happened. There was no build-up or anything. It made the film boring and inconsistent.

Though the ending may not please everyone, I thought the ending was quite good. Not many films (animated, much less!) go towards that sort of route- the unhappy and open endings. I give the 4 stars for the first half of the movie and the ending. But besides those, I think that this is one Studio Ghibli-related movie that I won't be watching again any time soon.

Viewed on: May 1, 2011

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