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the simple life

"One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and if it were possible, to speak a few reasonable words." Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Monday, October 10, 2005

No cuts

This is probably the coolest thing any film producer ever did.

You might know Hayao Miyazaki, or at least his films - Howl's Moving Castle, Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke.

From the Guardian:

"In 1997 the director signed a distribution deal with Disney... His refusal to grant merchandising rights means that there is no chance of any Nausicaa happy meals or Spirited Away video games. Furthermore, Disney wields no creative control. There is a rumour that when Harvey Weinstein was charged with handling the US release of Princess Mononoke, Miyazaki sent him a samurai sword in the post. Attached to the blade was a stark message: "No cuts."

The director chortles. "Actually, my producer did that. Although I did go to New York to meet this man, this Harvey Weinstein, and I was bombarded with this aggressive attack, all these demands for cuts." He smiles. "I defeated him."

Harvey Weinstein is a fiercesome, powerful man. To send him a samurai sword with "No cuts" is just bloody brilliant.

I'm proud to be Asian.


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