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.

References here: “The Fujimi Highland Is Fascinating” (2002/2004).

moving picture non-fiction animation Japanese production