Reviews of Modest Heroes (2018) and related work

Modest Heroes (2018Moving picture)

Seen in 2019.

An anthology, billed as volume 1.

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“The Modest Heroes of Studio Ponoc” (2019Moving picture, 21 minutes)

Seen in 2019.

Producer Nishimura Yoshiaki talks about the collection at length. English-language dub actor Maggie Q is cut in briefly, talking about her role as the mother in “Life Ain’t Gonna Lose” (2018).

A minimal talking-head production, yet there are some interesting details in here about the transition from Ghibli and the artistic collaboration between producer and directors. Nishimura relates how, sitting in a chain coffee shop, he pitched an invisible man to Yamashita for “Invisible” (2018) with the argument that the would-be director had probably forgotten the face of the person who’d just served him his beverage. Though Nishimura doesn’t mention it, this is, in itself, carrying on a Ghibli tradition. Miyazaki always used to demand fully detailed characters in backgrounds for a very similar reason: It’s a sign of respect for all people.

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