Miyazaki’s My Neighbor Totoro is an enchanting masterpiece!

My Neighbor Totoro (1988) was the third film produced under the now legendary Studio Ghibli Studio. The film, directed by co-founder Hayao Miyazaki, follows two young sisters and their interaction with friendly wood spirits in postwar rural Japan. The two sisters, Satsuki and her young sister Mei, have to both deal with moving to a new house…

Bit Review: Kikujiro (1999)

Kikujiro is a japanese film in which Takeshi Kitano wrote and directed himself in. The film follows a young boy (Masao Sugiyama played by Yusuke Sekiguchi) who goes on a quest to find his mother. Takeshi Kitano who plays, Kikujiro Takeda, is forced by his wife to accompany him. A simple plot it initially seems,…

Bit Composer Analysis: Joe Hisaishi

Joe Hisaishi, whose birth name is Mamoru Fujisawa, is a Japanese film composer who is acclaimed worldwide for his scores. He was a frequent collaborator with Hayao Miyazaki and Takeshi Kitano, in which he is most popularly known for. Hisaishi has a deep appreciation for music, and like many composers he is influenced by classical…