Gutted to read about this today. Grave of the Fireflies and Princess Kaguya are some of my all time favorites.
Hello Lori... i haven't seen the movies you mention, but while studing, and also further ahead in my life, i've seen a few of similar qualitie or style. In general , i LOVE drama... but i can see as these titles fall in a whole different category, of excruciating pain...
I think, just like in other art categories, this kind of expressions, are ways to share emotions.. that maybe if we are not always willing to see... do exist. The fact that someone puts so much energy into sharing them (it takes WAY more effort to produce a movie like grave of fireflies or killing fields than just writing a poem) means how much that person (or group of people) needed to share that emotion or situation... i guess it's necessary that this stories are told... (I'm thinking about the blind sunflowers - the book - i read and i felt bad... not just.. a bit sad... i had pain in my body... but, how else would i be aware of the horrible situations that took place during the spanish civil war? - of course, there's History books, and news.. but poetry gets in touch with us , in a more core level... it prepares us by opening our senses with beautiful words, or images, before touching the wound) ... it's also arguable that... why would i need to know about that??... do i need that pain?? but i guess that being in touch with other people emotions (good and bad, of course...) makes you a richer person. Hollywood moves fail to share some emotions some times (even the "drama" movies) because everything is well packed and processed. These other type of movies are more... open hearted? raw?
I understand how are unwatchable... (for a second time...) but... don't you think that with that initial viewing itself, they left you profoundly moved?
and... every thing we "eat" makes us who we are... forcing us to share those emotions with others (and i say force, because probably it's not our first intention to spend some time feeling bad... we all have enough with our own lives...) probably makes you a more aware person, more prepared to empathise with others, more ready to fight for other people causes...
and sometimes also, those movies touch your own pain... your own fight... and feeling backed up by someone else, who lived the same (maybe as someone in your family or yourself) is a HUGE back up also!
Here's a question I've been thinking about a lot in all the tributes that are floating around- where does Grave of the Fireflies really fit in?
Personal preferences and sensibilities/taste aside, it is a deeply difficult movie. There are movies that I've seen, which I regard as being really impressive, but beyond the initial viewing I find unwatchable.
The Killing Fields is one- a movie I saw in college and comfortably compartmentalized it as something I didn't need to watch again. Night and Fog being another. Movies that are undeniably powerful and significant, but simply so brutal and painful to watch that I just can't categorize anywhere. Grave of the Fireflies falls under that umbrella and I'm just curious to hear what other people think.
Yeah, what a loss. My daughter and I watched most of the Ghibli catalog over and over when she was small, My Neighbors The Yamadas and Pom Poko among them. Nothing but respect for this man.