You know that feeling of when you walk out of the theater, and the images of what you’ve just witnessed are still burned into your eyelids. Fragmented moments of color and action and sound that seems to fade against the backdrop as you make your way to the car. And that airy atmosphere in your head is still present as is that weightlessness in your chest as you are amazed you can stand, let alone walk after traveling to another place, another universe for the last two hours. Blanketed by the theater’s darkness and entranced by the screen, the brightening of the lights and the quickness of the credits is sobering. But a good movie will last with you to your car. An even better movie will stick with you all the way home. The best will never be forgotten. This is Spirited Away.
I walked back to my dorm room in a daze, gazing up at the first quarter moon being shrouded by clouds, my eyes still absorbed in the imagery of the bathhouse and the boiler room and the train. My ears were still numb to the college life around me, plugged up by the enchanting music that guided me through Chihiro’s journey. This movie is wonderful. It is the quintessential childrens and animation film. It is packed to the brim in creativity from story to art. The score is astonishingly beautiful. Despite differences, it reminds me of The Legend of Zelda; Breath of the Wild soundtrack just because of its simple elegance. While there is the use of CGI that shows the film’s age, it is used sparingly and uniquely for when the camera is speeding forward. I can still appreciate it for what it was intended to be. I can’t speak of how astonishingly and immensely creative this film is. Several times during the picture, I nearly cried out in gratitude and slight sadness thinking, “If only everything had half the creativity and talent as this!” I’ve only seen one other Studio Ghibli film, Howl’s Moving Castle when I was very young and remember nothing but the feeling of fear. But given this experience, I would want to return to that film soon.
- NIHONGA -
Yukiko Chikamoto Exhibition
Nihonga is a Japanese style of painting generally using crushed mineral pigments mixed with natural liquid adhesive and applied with Sumi ink outlines on top of traditional Japanese paper Washi.
Yukiko Chikamoto portrayed the traditional beauty of style found in NIHONGA through her own modern sensibility.
Her Exhibition Opening Night will be held on 18th, start at 7pm.
Free and Open to public.
I am like the fish in the aquarium, thinking in a different language, adapting to a life that’s not my natural habitat. I am the people in the other cars, each with his or her own story, but passing too quickly to be noticed or understood.