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Hayao Miyazaki is the prominent director of many popular animated feature films. He is also the co-founder of Studio Ghibli, the award-winning Japanese animation studio and production company behind worldwide hits such as PRINCESS MONONOKE, HOWL'S MOVING CASTLE and SPIRITED AWAY.

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From the Master Himself 10. April 2014
Von Shayleen Daley - Veröffentlicht auf
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If you read Starting Point, his collection of essays and interviews from 1979-1996, you'll love Turning Point. It follows the same format, showing translated articles from various interviews/essays/notes/sketches. It really helps to expand the understanding of the various films he's made and worked on. You get to read in his own words what he thinks of them, his inspirations, and low points, what he considered the best and the worst. There are also parts where he talks simply about his opinion on the state of the world, his interpretation of nature, films, animation, the conditions necessary to raise a child just to name a few.

In short, if you want to have a more robust understanding of Miyazaki Hayao and where he's coming from, buy this book. After you read Starting Point of course. This is a continuation of that and it shows his growth as a person and animator. He's not perfect. He admits he has faults, that he's not the best person. But he's honest and true to his vision and someone I greatly respect for sticking to his beliefs.
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Not quite what I was hoping for from someone who enjoyed "Starting Point." 13. Mai 2014
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Really enjoyed this book but I had issues with so many interviews being similar. So you end up reading the same questions and same responses repeatedly. I also thought it was naive of Miyazaki to grossly generalize people on quite a few occasions in the interviews. In several parts he pretty much says Americans could never understand some aspect of cinema because their movies are all about blowing stuff up and that's what they all enjoy. I mean there are variations of this kind of thing where he takes American POP CULTURE (ACK!) and uses it to generalize 300 million people. He does throw around other generalizations about Japan, Europe etc as well. Anyhow, I did get a lot of what I was hoping for too. You get a sense of where he got certain ideas for movies and why he made certain decisions in directing a film a certain way. You can get some of these ideas about Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, and Howl's Moving Castle. Anyways, it was very much like the previous book, "Starting Point" but this one (Turning Point) was mostly interviews, some poems, and a few essays or they might've been speeches. No articles that I can remember. There were chunks of content that could've been left out without losing anything. As I said, content is repeated in a few places. Far worse in the first half of the book. Worth reading for people who want more insight into this masterful director with the understanding that there are a few awkward and unrelated comments to take with a grain of salt.

I still give it four stars because for good or bad, it's mostly what I wanted. And in the afterword, Miyazaki writes about how uncomfortable he was/is about the book. That he felt it misrepresented him or at least didn't identify fully with the book in some ways which is probably the nature of biographies. Views change and also generalizations fade when you're standing in front of someone shaking their hand. And besides, pretty much everyone is contrary at some point, and it's going to be especially obvious when interview after interview is documented like this.
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Good, but uneven 28. August 2014
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Having read and enjoyed "Starting Point," I eagerly looked forward to reading "Turning Point." The results were a bit more mixed compared to the last book. For one thing, it's too long - They could have cut 50 pages without losing anything. A great deal of insight is contained into the thinking and film making process behind Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away. Although a hundred pages are devoted to Howl's Moving Castle, disappointingly, there is very little content devoted to the actual film. At the end there is a bit devoted to Ponyo. It was very interesting and refreshing to read academic, intellectual discussions on subjects like the history of iron-towns and the forests (Princess Mononoke) or the philosophy of how to raise children (Spirited Away). The book is somewhat repetitive, and digresses at times into subjects that seem to have nothing to do with the films represented in the book. For example, at the end of the Spirited Away, there is a long chapter devoted to the history of an obscure Japanese village called Hienosoko. What this has to do with the themes of Spirited Away, I am not exactly sure. Chapters like this one bored me, quite frankly. Throughout the book, Miyazaki shares his thoughts on a wide range of subjects: the history of medieval Japan, child rearing, World War II, cinema, the nature of art, the environment, and the problem of Japan's low birth rate. He believes that children need to recapture their sense of curiosity, he espouses an old school return to nature approach and wants to make education less rigorous. Also parents need to back off and not expose their children to passive media or feel the need to take pictures all the time (Ghibli Museum). These are valid and interesting points. Sometimes he is totally off base though, especially when discussing live action movies. He slams American war movies, singling out Saving Private Ryan as being one of the worst because it promotes a "video game" aesthetic of film making. It's more like the other way around, video games (Medal of Honor) and other movies (Black Hawk Down, Enemy at the Gates) felt the need to copy SPR's style. Is Spielberg to be blamed because he innovated some visual techniques that everyone else including makers of video games, felt the need to emulate? He also dismisses Apocalypse Now as an example of American Vietnam War "not understanding things" cinema.

All in all, a great book for discussion on the themes of Mononoke and Spirited Away. Not so much on Howl's Moving Castle or Ponyo. The editors should have waited a few years, then they could have included The Wind Rises. That's only one movie though, so they can't devote an entire book to it. It would be called "Ending Point: 2014." What they should do is put out another edition of this book with an extra chapter, because I would really like to learn more about what he was thinking when he made The Wind Rises.
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How the genius works and what interests him the most 12. Mai 2014
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Now that we face Miyazaki's retirement from films, one can only wonder how he was at his peak the last 10 years of his career. Beginning with "Princess Mononoke", you can notice in every conversation in this book that Mr. Miyazaki was reaching new ground beyond what animation has been all over the world. Here you may find more conversations and interviews than articles, and you will perceive how Hayao Miyazaki has become a cultural force in Japan and all over the world. It's a must have for every film enthusiast who wants to understand the greatness and importance of Miyazaki's work. Also you may find interesting what Miyazaki really thinks of Disney animation.
so I know he will love this one 3. Januar 2015
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This was a gift for my husband. He isnt much of a reader, but he read the first Turning Point cover to cover, so I know he will love this one.
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