The Japanese have never seized to amaze me. Their culture, their tradition, manga and anime, kabuki, tea ceremony etc.
So I posted a photo of Hayao Miyazaki on my Facebook profile, because I really admire him and some of my favourite movies of all time are his creations. If there’s anyone who hasn’t watched his Spirited Away do so immediately.
Shortly after I posted the photo a friend of mine commented, roughly translated to English he said something like this: “Brilliant! He was definitely my favourite up until a couple of months ago.” (From this point he continued writing in a new comment to add to the suspense.) “That is, until I watched ‘5 Centimeters Per Second’.”
To this I responded “I should watch it too then!”, but I admit I was sceptic, I didn’t expect to be blown away. After all, mister Miyazaki had shown me so much already.
And then I watched the movie.
Wow is all I can say right now. Perhaps I’m too romantic or something, but it really did blow me away. I can hardly say that it rocked Miyazaki from his throne, but the movie really was something special. A too rarely told story that must have happened a million times. Directed by Makoto Shinkai, to whom I must bow down. I never thought that an animated movie could ever fascinate me with directing (not that I underestimate the directors it’s just a thing I had in my head).
I’m not really a movie expert so I won’t go into any more details, I recommend the movie to anyone and everyone and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!