Sunday, August 28, 2005

Hayao Miyazaki likes Rosemary's books

Hayao Miyazaki is, I understand from the website of Diana Wynn Jones, one of Japan's foremost living fantasy film-makers. A correspondent writes "In the 1980s and 90s, his animations stormed the Japanese box-office, and his recent animé, Princess Mononoke, is currently the biggest-earning Japanese film ever. Miyazaki is a fan of such books as The Wizard of Earthsea; The Prisoner of Zenda; the novels of Rosemary Sutcliff; and a mix of classic SF. As a teenager, Miyazaki saw Legend of the White Snake (Hakujaden) (1958), the first colour Japanese feature cartoon. He was entranced by its heroine Pai-nyan, a snake spirit who becomes human. Ever after, Miyazaki's films have been noted for their strong, self-reliant heroines."

Maybe one day he will do an animation of Song for a Dark Queen!


Blogger lucia398 said...

Maybe he would have done justice to The Wizard of Earthsea! Somebody or other did a film of it and The Tombs of Atuan (with Danny Glover and Isabella Rosellini) around the same time as the first of the Lord of the Rings movies. With those actors and since there was an endorsement by LeGuin herself I rented it and was disgusted with it. It prettied up the whole story and the Atuan story was unrecognizable. Disgraceful.

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