by Kathy Sun
Chef Chu (Sihung Lung) and his daughter Jia-chien (Jacqueline Chien-lien Wu) share an intimate moment.
Last summer, whilst in the middle of a foreign film binge, I promised Jenny that we would watch Ang Lee’s Eat Drink Man Woman together.
We never did. I decided to ‘preview’ of the film before our scheduled screening, only to unintentionally watch the entire film in one gulp.
Japanese manga artist and director Hayao Miyazaki (宮崎 駿) is known for his award winning anime films such as My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery Service, and Castle in the Sky. In particular, his 2001 film Spirited Away won Best Animated Feature at the 75th Academy Awards, and became the most successful movie in Japanese history. As a feminist, his films oft-times deconstruct gender roles with strong female protagonists, such as Kiki and Chihiro from the above-mentioned movies. While the 1997 film Princess Mononoke shares similar feminist qualities, it is in some ways very different from him other films.