Category: Films

  • The Waterworld of Michael Dudok de Wit

    In this interview Director Michael Dudok de Wit talks about the use of the waterworld, water and aquatic creatures in his film The Red Turtle and his other works. De Correspondent originally conducted this interview and published it on their website on July 21, 2016. If you can read Dutch, please click here to read the interview […]

  • Michael Dudok De Wit Interview: The Importance of Acceptance

    The Red Turtle received the nomination for Animated Feature Film for Oscars 2017 and recently won an Annie Award. With the 89th Academy Awards coming up next week, I decided to translate another interview with director Michael Dudok de Wit, with another one coming up later on. In this interview Dudok de Wit talks about the […]

  • The Red Turtle Interview with Michael Dudok de Wit: “Loneliness Will Drive You Crazy”

    This interview with The Red Turtle director Michael Dudok de Wit was originally published on July, 2016 in the NRC. If you can read Dutch, please head over to to read the interview in its original language. In addition I also highly recommend watching the documentary “Het verlangen van Michael Dudok de Wit“. ‘Loneliness Will Drive You Crazy’ Michael […]

  • The Red Turtle Director: “It Had to Be an Auteur Film”

    I created Story Unlocker with an intention of translating Japanese interviews with Japanese creators, but I want to make an exception for the director of The Red Turtle, Michael Dudok de Wit. This Dutch news article was originally published at on May 11, 2016. The article provides an insight on the role of Studio Ghibli in the production process. It’s a […]

  • Hatsuno Sei x Ooya Hiroko Dialogue Part 3: What’s next for HaruChika?

    This is the third and last part of the dialogue between HaruChika author Hatsuno Sei and book reviewer Ooya Hiroko. The author talks about the use of social minorities in his works and the next developments in HaruChika. Translated from the article at on March 30, 2016. Longing for an utopia filled with heavy themes Ooya: HaruChika is a humor […]

  • Ono Fuyumi Dialogue Part 3: How to Make Horror Scary

    At last, the final part of the “The Inerasable” Opening Commemoration Dialogue with Ono Fuyumi and Nakamura Yoshihiro from the Daily Shincho. The two discuss the scary techniques used in the movie. Although the article doesn’t reveal big plot points, be warned for some light spoilers if you plan on watching the movie one day. The three mysteries which […]

  • Ono Fuyumi Dialogue Part 2: “Why do people watch horror?”

    This is the second part of “The Inerasable” Opening Commemoration Dialogue with Ono Fuyumi and Nakamura Yoshihiro. It was originally published on the Daily Shincho (February 4, 2016). Read the first part here. In this part they talk about why people watch horror. Ono Fuyumi x Nakamura Yoshihiro: “Why do people watch horror?” Nakamura: The lead actress Takeuchi […]

  • Ono Fuyumi Dialogue Part 1: Love for Horror

    A translation of the first out of three parts of “The Inerasable” Opening Commemoration Dialogue with Ono Fuyumi and Nakamura Yoshihiro originally published on the Daily Shincho (February 4, 2016). Ono Fuyumi talks about her “love for horror” – Addicted to the “Cursed Films” Series On the occasion of the release “The Inerasable” (Zange – Sunde wa […]

  • Ghibli Exhibition at Roppongi Hills

    Studio Ghibli’s movies have long fascinated me. Unfortunately it wasn’t possible to get tickets for the Ghibli Museum in Mitaka during our time in Tokyo.  Instead, we had the luck of visiting Japan while the Ghibli Exhibition in Roppongi Hills was going on. Not only the exhibition was well worth the price,  but the sight from the top of […]

  • HaruChika Movie Comments

    A translation of the comments on the upcoming HaruChika movie (2017) by main leads Satou Shouri and Hashimoto Kanna, original author Hatsuno Sei, director Ichii Masahide, and Kadokawa producer Imayasu Reiko. Satou Shouri (Sexy Zone) Kamijou Haruta’s actor How did you feel when you were cast in the main role of Kamijou Haruta? My heart danced […]