By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly 2013 brought us outstanding anime, almost-unbelievable documentaries, and inspiring narratives. Here are my picks for the Top 10 Asian Pacific American films new to Seattle for this year.
By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly “The Garden Of Words” marks animator Makoto Shinkai’s fifth major work, and the only major criticism I can muster is that he doesn’t seem to like producing feature-length projects. Of the five, only two, “The Place Promised In Our Early Days” and “Children Who Chase Lost Voices,” run long […]
By Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly “Children Who Chase Lost Voices” marks the fourth major work from master Japanese animator Makoto Shinkai. It’s also, at just a touch under two hours, his longest-running project to date. It’s the first one to deal with fantasy, rather than science fiction. The movie begins with the same winning […]
Thirty-five-year-old Japanese animator Makoto Shinkai often gets called “the new Miyazaki.” Having learned this, you should forget it. Hayao Miyazaki represents the gold standard of Japanese anime to the West.