neither dream-shattering nor overly sentimental, this film is very sensitive to portraying miyazaki for what he is - genius, yet incredibly humble, if not self-aware and also incredibly insecure. you really feel like you know him by the end of the film - not in a wikipedia type of way, but as an acquaintance and maybe even as a friend.
TIFF '14 Sunada is given rare access to the workings of Studio Ghibli as Miyazaki was completing 'The Wind Rises' and has come away with something exceptional. Instead of a biopic or history and with hardly any finished animation on display she has found the true spirit of creation, filmmaking and artistic pride. The emotion on display here both subtly and non is far more powerful than expected. A rare document.
The opportunity to gain so much access into Ghibli's behind-the-scenes production process is a delight. The viewer is plunged into the Takahata-Miyazaki 'Kaguya' vs 'Wind Rises' face off, as they both share their remarkably open reflections on their love/disillusionment with cinema. The documentary's fairly neutral and functional form compliments its subject. Been waiting to see his for a while...did not disappoint.
it's wonderful to see that there is more than just the Miyazaki. More than just the money and success. It's about the human connections and that's what makes his movies so beautiful. The fact that they are made inside the family, it's like they're raising a child and Miyazaki is that the oldest and wisest person.