On Your Mark
Writer/Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Produced by: Studio Ghibli
Music: Chage & Aska
This beautiful animated short film was made as a music video for the Japanese band Chage and Aska. On Your Mark is the short story of an angel rescued by a couple of cops, but there are deliberate ambiguities and a complex narrative that mean we’re left to imagine what really happens.
Fans of Studio Ghibli will immediately be able to tell that it was written and directed by the masterful Hayao Miyazaki. Apparently it was done when he was making Princess Mononoke and suffering writer’s block!
I am an enormous fan of Miyazaki (enormous). Loved his most recent, and last, release The Wind Rises: it was poignant and beautiful as ever.