arts • 10 Aug, 2017
Studio Ghibli Comes To Hanoi
Local Filmmakers Take An Anime Trip Through Their Childhood
The most inspiring journeys are within. And so in this clip from ‘The Ghibli Adventure’ director Quynh Phong and his team reconnect with their childhoods by taking some anime characters on a tour of their hometown.
The award-winning Japanese filmhouse, Studio Ghibli, was founded way back in ‘85, and has been headed up (almost) ever since by two directors, Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata. The name, chosen by Miyazaki, refers to a desert wind that reflected the breeze the anime crew intended to blow through Japanese cinema. For an insight into their obsessiveness we strongly recommend you watch ‘The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness’ in which irascible old Hayao Miyazaki attempts to retire.
Anyway, ‘The Ghibli Adventure’ blows the same enchanting air across Hanoi. The city’s crowded, bustling streets become idyllic and peaceful as the characters scurry past the Temple of Literature, cross Hoan Kiem Lake, and wait patiently at a bus stop. Of course, the Studio’s trademark music helps (songs which even inspired a mixtape earlier this year).
Watch Studio Ghibli take a trip to Hanoi here.
Words by David Kaye