Kiki’s Delivery Service

19 Feb ’10

I watched “Kiki’s Delivery Service” yesterday. A movie by the Manga master Hayao Miyazaki. It’s already an old one (released in 1989) but I have never seen it before. And I have to say I was a bit disappointed. The whole movie is a bit slow. I guess the target audience is not 35 year olds but more somewhere between 5 and 15.

And then there is something with the language. I watched it in Japanese, subtitled in Swedish. But it just doesn’t feel right in Japanese. The settings and time-frame is a bit off for that. I watched loads of those movies when I was younger, most of them dubbed in Dutch or German. Later on in life I could watch them on the French channels as well. So this one would for me make more sense in French. I have no idea how early or mid 1900 Japan looked like, but he is clearly depicting a European town. So Japanese just doesn’t fit for me. It’s like watching a hollywood movie dubbed in Turkish or so. It’s just weird.

But no more complaining, we’re off to the next one in Mr. Miyazaki’s repertoire. Maybe “Spirited Away”…

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