Movie Watch 2015: Taifu no Noruda

Next is Yojiro Arai’s Taifu no Noruda. Arai previously worked at Studio Ghibli before moving to Studio Colorido to work on animation shorts. Although I don’t know his work well, and don’t recognize any of Studio Colorido’s works, I’m still looking forward to watching this. Rather, I’m looking forward to *attempting* to watch this film.

The reason why I say *attempt* is in part because this film is only being released for a limited time in Japan. I had previously wanted to see Giovanni’s Island, but was unable to because it was only shown at certain film festivals; although it did win a number of awards. However, Taifu no Noruda is being released out to the wider public in theaters in Japan, so hopefully I’ll be able to find it soon.

That said, both films that I mentioned in this segment really speak to my interest in animated movies that tell something about Japanese life or history. While Giovanni’s Island focused more on the WWII, post-WWII period and Soviet invasion of the Sakhalin Islands and how this affected the “common Japanese.”

Taifu no Noruda seems like it’s more of a “slice of life” film that just happens to be set at a time when a typhoon strikes Japan. Since typhoons are so much a part of life in Japan, like how hurricanes are a part of living in mid-Atlantic US, I am interested in seeing how the characters react to it.

According to Anime News Network: “The film takes place on a certain isolated island, at a certain middle
school, on the eve of the culture festival. A boy quits baseball after
playing his whole life, and has a fight with his best friend. Then they
suddenly meet a mysterious, red-eyed girl named Noruda, and a huge
typhoon hits the middle school.”


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