Hayao Miyazaki, Goro Miyazaki Appear in TV Documentary

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Documentary to cover conflict between the two as they created Kokuriko-Zaka Kara

The Japanese public broadcaster NHK will air a documentary about Studio Ghibli co-founder and director Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke) and his son, director Goro Miyazaki (Tales from Earthsea). The documentary, titled Futari (Two People), will air on NHK on August 9 at 7:30 p.m. in Japan.

The documentary will follow both Father and Son for 10 months as they worked on the recently released film Kokuriko-Zaka Kara. Hayao Miyazaki planned and co-wrote the film, and Goro Miyazaki directed the film. The documentary will discuss the conflict between the two men that arose when Goro directed Tales from Earthsea against Hayao's wishes. The documentary will explore how that conflict played a part in the two working together on Kokuriko-Zaka Kara, especially regarding the creation of the main character Umi. It will also examine the postponement of the film and the effect the March 11 Great Eastern Japan Earthquake (Higashi Nihon Daishinsai) disaster had on the film's production and Hayao and Goro's relationship.

Kokuriko-Zaka Kara opened in Japan on July 16. The film adapts Chizuru Takahashi and Tetsurō Sayama's original manga about the coming of age of a high school girl named Umi.

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