Review of The Story of Yanagawa’s Canals (1987)

Moving picture, 167 minutes

Takahata Isao (writer-director).

Canals in the city of Yanagawa and dams in the surrounding area of Fukuoka on Kyūshū.

2 hours and 3 quarters worth of documentary with some animated sequences. The Japanese DVD I saw it on claims it’s another Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984), which it is not. Repetitive, and I could have done without the generic festival footage, but the central theme of sustainability through local solutions growing over hundreds of years is effectively communicated.

animation Japanese production moving picture non-fiction