Makoto Shinkai doesn’t want to have people see his movie – “Your Name” – because it is getting to big.
“It’s not healthy,” the boyish director told AFP. “I don’t think any more people should see it.
Every week it gets closer to being the biggest Japanese animated film of all time.
Perhaps he wants to be an alternative movie director and if it breaks records it wont become that. It will be consumed by the major culture and lose it’s alternativeness. Per AFP:
“And now there’s talk of Oscars. “I really hope it doesn’t win,” he added.
It would be funny if Shinkai wasn’t so in earnest about getting off the promotional circuit and back to work.
He just wants to get on with his next story about teched-up Japanese teens.
But the little animated film has become a runaway cultural juggernaut in Asia, and now it’s winning awards in the United States and Europe.
One in seven Japanese have already paid to see its brilliantly plotted supernatural love story about a boy and a girl who exchange bodies as a comet is about to hit the Earth.
Inevitably it has led to 43-year-old Shinkai being called the “new Miyazaki” — the natural successor to the now retired master animator Hayao Miyazaki, whose 2001 classic “Spirited Away” is still the most successful Japanese film ever.
But the comparison makes the diminutive Shinkai even more uncomfortable.
“Of course I’m happy when people mention his name and mine in the same breath. It’s like a dream. But I know they are overpraising ‘Your Name’ because I am absolutely not at Miyazaki’s level.
“Honestly, I really don’t want Miyazaki to see it because he will see all its flaws.