Closing Time (1962)

In this time of pandemic, department stores are barely breathing. But they have been slipping into eternal retail business nightmare for decades. Their customer base has been eroded, their competition, online or otherwise, are gaining momentum and their stores simply look old and unattractive. Their business targets were upper-middle class who didn’t mind spending a little bit more if they were greeted with sophisticated service and well-groomed staff. If there were such thing as upper-middle class. If there were such thing as well-groomed staff. Today, the upper-middle class has simply become upper-class (or, disappeared into middle class or lower) and …

Ghibli on Screen: Roundtable (Part 4)

In this series, Yu Kawa Shizuka and Ryunosuke Goji discuss the meaning of watching Ghibli works on screen in the age of streaming. Here is the fourth and last part. MI : In the U. S., HBO-Max has started the service of streaming Ghibli works. Interestingly, on the day before the HBO-Max announcement, Gkids, the Ghibli’s theatrical distributor, made an announcement saying there would be no plan for streaming of the Ghibli works. Gkids presents the Ghibli Festival every year in the U. S. to promote theatrical presentation of the Ghibli works. This position may have to do with its …

Ghibli on Screen: Roundtable (Part 3)

In this series, Yu Kawa Shizuka and Ryunosuke Goji discuss the meaning of watching Ghibli works on screen in the age of streaming. Here is the third part. MI : Let me detour the discussion a little bit. In 2016, Makoto Shinkai’s “Your Name. (君の名は。, 2016)” was a sensational box-office hit. I read that many fans actually saw this movie multiple times in theaters. I guess the fans must have felt the theatrical experience was a very important part of the appreciation. In recent years, theatrical releases of anime feature movies such as “Weathering with You (天気の子, 2019)” are making …