Pom Poko DVD
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Directed by Isao Takahata
Produced in 1994
Main Language - JAPANESE with English subtitles
Studio Ghibli has produced the three most successful motion pictures ever made in Japan—Princess Mononoke (1997), Spirited Away (2001), and Howl’s Moving Castle (2004). These were directed by Hayao Miyazaki, generally considered the greatest living Japanese film director. But Miyazaki’s films are not the only Ghibli releases to feature the most stunning animation since Walt Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937). Equally talented is Isao Takahata, who wrote and directed Pom Poko (Heisei Tanuki Gassen Pompoko) in 1994. The best of the Ghibli films are distinguished by progressive political beliefs—especially anti-war and environmental concerns.
Pom Poko tells of a group of Tanuki (racoon dogs—mischievous, lovable creatures with large testicles) who are faced with extinction because of the spread of ever-expanding Tokyo into their rural habitat. Man’s desecration of nature is an exterminatory policy. Using Tanuki transforming science, the racoon creatures become part human in order to disrupt the construction of a new suburb. They then transform themselves into wraith-like, faceless humans. This hallucinatory ghost parade of traditional Japanese monsters is the film’s most memorable set-piece. By film’s end, the Tanukis know they cannot win, but at least they have prolonged their survival.
Studio Ghibli films should not be watched in English-dubbed versions, but, rather, in Japanese, with English subtitles. Dubbing robs them of their authenticity.
A film from the renowned Studio Ghibli. Tanuki (raccoon-like animals) living in the forest near a government construction project are being threatened by the destruction of their habitat. Banding together and seeking help from other tribes of Tanuki, they live up to their traditionally mischievous reputation by changing their shape and trying to sabotage the construction effort. When this fails, they stage one last great illusion, hoping to alert city folk to the natural wonders being bulldozed to make room for yet another Tokyo suburb before it's too late.
Publisher: Optimum Releasing
Length: 114 mins
Cat No: OPTD0292
Format: DVD Colour
- Optional English or Japanese Soundtracks.