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You wrote: ..."there is only so much supernatural content that you can consume before being worn out by their unrelateable issues." I couldn't agree more. One can only take so much Anime and cyberpunk before it begins to grow unconvincing.

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Yes, I haven’t seen this one but it WAS shown as part of a Ghibli retrospective here in Vancouver. For the absolute Japanese master of the family dynamic and also possibly the greatest filmmaker of all time, watch Ozu films.

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It may come to be that "MNtY" turns into one of their most-loved movies; if not by Ghibli aficionados, but the wider public. One thing I've noticed is that 'mundane' movies /TV shows are particularly cherished by people who have chaotic, stressful lives, who crave the representation of some form of 'normalcy' as a break from their struggles. The "excitement per minute" thing also resonates; so much modern culture/entertainment puts demands on your emotions in a spiraling arms-race that I believe people are profoundly... tired of it. There's only room for so many "Final Battles Of Good VS. Evil" in most people's souls, before overload sets in; + we may be past that point (at least in America; Japan is of course different, but seems to move faster and be more excessive in terms of 'top-down' culture). One thing is unclear here, however; is "MNtY" a new film, or an older one? If it's new, that may explain its absence from the museum.

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Classic Japanese cinema includes some of the most incredible slices of life put on film: Ozu, Naruse. Twenty-Four Eyes, The Naked Island.

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