Last night Craig reminded me of a favorite Japanese director, a living one!, that I left off my list: Hayao Miyazaki. I had to add this note as Miyazaki has created some of the most amazing stories and images I’ve ever seen.
-I love his young female protagonists like Nausicaä, Kiki, Chihiro, Princess Mononoke…go girls go! I love the bad guys being women sometimes too!
-I love the willingness to go dark: boars riddled with worm-like demons, the head of forest spirit cut off, turning a young girl into a crone, etc.
-I love Totoro. I printed six film stills of when Totoro is waiting for the bus with the small leaf on his head holding an umbrella. I have them around to bump into now and then. Totoro is a spirit that guides me.