Japanese Automata also known in Japan as Karakuri Ningyo. So what is it? It’s basically creating robots without the electronics or computers. It’s like a doll that moves without electricity. All it needs is a push or a small motion and it will start to move. Don’t believe me, check out this short video on it. This very cool indeed and hopefully these type of art doesn’t fade away.
Check out this nice interpetation of the Pokemon characters as tradition Japanese art. Pretty neat. You can check out more HERE.
There is a certain look that the Japanese go for when it comes to their Scifi flicks. Take this for instance. Called Assault Girl. The way the movie looks. It is pretty washed out and gray. Does it remind you of something? It has the same blurry grayish look as Advent Children. Even the hairstyles look the same. They never seem to want to make it too real. In the west they go for realism, in Japan they go for something else. It does separate them though. When looking at it you can just tell from the style it came from Japan. Even if there was not actor, I would still be able to tell. Just take a look at the Assault Girls trailer (2009) and Casshern (2004). Tell me, do you see what I mean.
Assault Girls :
From the creators of “Howl’s Moving Castle” and “Spirited Away”, Hayao Miyazaki, comes a new tale called “Ponyo”. Released last year in Japan as “Ponyo On the Cliff By The Sea” which is Miyazaki’s version of the “The Little Mermaid”.
As the story goes, a girl fish is washed up ashore and a little boy named Sosuke helps and becomes attached to her. He happily names her Ponyo and Sosuke brings her to school in a bucket to show his friends. Meanwhile, Ponyo’s father (Fujimoto) is outraged and starts looking for her. He finds her and takes her back to the sea with Sosuke saddened. While back in the sea, Ponyo and her father are having fallout and escapes from the sea to land. In the process she uses her father’s magic to make herself into a human. This is where Sosuke and Ponyo’s adventure begins…
Being that this movie is published, not produced by Disney, there will be some translations lost or altered to fit the American audience. Hopefully, they don’t butcher it too much. When you look at the Japanese (above) and the American trailers you can total see a difference in tone. I’m hoping the American version will have the theme song (at least in melody form).
Ponyo will be out in U.S. theaters on August 14, 2009. Don’t forget to check out Miyazaki’s other works of art as well.
Studio Ghibli (Japanese)