Have Your Say: Which Live-Action Remake By Studio Ghibli Would You Anticipate Most?

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Have Your Say: Which Live-Action Remake By Studio Ghibli Would You Anticipate Most?
This week we got a really good peek at a Japanese live-action short made by Studio Ghibli, featuring what looks a lot like one of the God-Warriors from "Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind" flattening a big city. You can see that video here (link).

Studio Ghibli is of course best known for its feature animations, especially those made by the "founding fathers" Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata. So far the studio has managed to keep the bar for quality almost insanely high on all of its output. To see the people over there dabble in making live-action is puzzling yet quite exciting as well, and judging by what we've seen of the short their effort is nothing to be ashamed of. Then again, we haven't seen any plotting or acting yet so it might be a bit early to do any judging at all.

Nevertheless, given that this short has designs in it coming from one of Miyazaki's most beloved and protected feature films, this does raise a question: what if Studio Ghibli would remake one of their own masterpieces as a live-action film?
Sure, in most cases it would be a completely futile exercise. Why remake films that are very close to perfection and have a very successful run of their own already?

But as a "What-if?" the question is quite funny. Would we want to see a live-action Totoro or Kiki? Go for broke with Nausicaä herself or a story taking place on Laputa? The epic conflicts of Princess Mononoke or the heartbreaking intimacy of Grave of the Fireflies?


So which live-action remake would you anticipate most? HAVE YOUR SAY!!!
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Ard VijnJuly 31, 2012 9:50 AM

PORCO ROSSO 3D!!!
(...ducks and runs...)

hiroaki.jJuly 31, 2012 9:59 AM

Princess Mononoke or Porco Rosso. Nausicaa IF it were being designed as a trilogy to be more faithful to the manga.

Ard VijnJuly 31, 2012 10:39 AM

Oof, for Heaven's sake don't tell Peter Jackson!
Then again...

hiroaki.jJuly 31, 2012 11:35 AM

Haha. I do love the original film, but that comic is staggeringly epic. Miyazaki's art and layout are so good too, I wish he had time to do more manga work.

jaybshinsenJuly 31, 2012 11:35 AM

I can only personally see Princess mononoke being done. Grave of the fireflies already has a live action if i am not mistaken.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0491652/ think this is the one.

If someone did direct Princess Mononoke honestly I wish it would be Mika Ninagawa of Sakura, Helter skelter fame.

Ard VijnJuly 31, 2012 8:17 PM

The truth: I think the NAUSICAÄ manga is the best thing Miyazaki has ever done. It totally blew my mind, even more than his films did.

Ben UmsteadJuly 31, 2012 8:32 PM

The incredible thing about the folks at Ghibli -- and Miyazaki in particular -- are their world-building abilities. A film like Nausicaa feels more authentic, immediate and vital than most places seen in live-action films. And that is why it is really odd for me to agree with most of you and say a trilogy of live-action films based off of the manga. I will almost, almost agree with Ard and say the Nausicaa manga is probably Miyazaki's greatest work.

krakarAugust 1, 2012 1:56 AM

I would rather not see Totoro or Kiki done live action, they are so intimate that if they didn't get the tone just right, it would be bloody painful...on the other hand of course, if they did magically manage to make the Catbus come alive...awesome. Laputa and Mononoke seems like the best candidates for converting to me. To see that railway scaffolding tremble and break under the abuse of grandma pirate and her gang. Or the floating island cracking and falling away while the brave boy scrambles and holds on. It would take a hell of a team of geniuses to make that work live. What would impress me most of all though, would be Mononoke. Just to see the Ainu or Emishi cultures come alive would be worth it, but imagine seeing the spirit of the forest and all those weird little head-turning sprites...

hiroaki.jAugust 1, 2012 8:37 AM

I'd agree actually, it certainly felt like his most personal work in many ways. Part of why I really enjoy Mononoke so much is that it seems so tonally close to the manga of Nausicaa even if the stories are ultimately different.


I think I have a VHS copy of "Warriors of the Wind" floating around, I should go back and watch how butchered that is. Haha,

AllOfUsAreLostAugust 1, 2012 12:49 PM

That "Warriors of the Wind" VHS is quite a rare-un' now. I've got one myself, a copy went for about £25 not too long ago, not bad!
Funny how something so abhorrently ruined becomes collectable.