When and how did I watch this?
September 18th, 2015, on a friend’s Plex account.
Had I seen this film already?
What did I know about the movie before watching it?
Japanese animation, English dubbed by an ensemble cast. A few people had told me this is a top-quality film. The movie had a “family film” label on it.
What do I know about it now?
It instantly reminded me of Adventures of the Little Koala from my childhood. I was captivated by the animation and artwork early on, and as the film moved along it became even more spectacular. I was surprised with how much it resembled storylines from video games I played, along with how many people end up dying. Symbolism prevailed throughout, allowing accessibility for a wide age range. Longer than I expected (over two hours), which might lose a young viewer, or someone that’s holding a restless baby.
What are some themes in the film?
Greed, power, loyalty, fantasy/legend and reality, posterity (seems like most Asian films elevate this theme), destiny/fate
Did this affect me personally?
Yeah. It had a nostalgic element to it, though I’m certain I’ve never come across this one before.
Why is this ranked #229?
Being anime helps, along with being a prevalent film in Japan, and then in the U.S. thereafter. I read that it featured Mark Hamill as a voice, but that didn’t seem like a big deal to me — perhaps the film’s rating was bolstered by that. But credit is due: this is a powerful and well-drawn animated feature. I was impressed, and many others probably were.
Did my wife watch/like it?
She wasn’t able to stay awake, but it had nothing to do with the quality of the film. She said she’ll get to it later.
Would I watch it again?
Yes. I think this film deserves several re-viewings.
Would I recommend it to a friend?
Does it deserve to be on this list as one of the greatest films of all time?
It’s sort of a quiet entry, but it works well enough to be considered among the greats.