Guillermo del Toro Talks Japanese Influence


I admire and respect Guillermo del Toro as a content creator and visionary (not so much for his horror stuff because I am easily spooked =p). I have always known he has been influenced by Japanese media, culture, storytelling styles, and more. In this video, del Toro talks about how Mamoru Oshii (Ghost in the Shell, Patlabor, and The Sky Crawlers) has influenced his work.

(Taken from ANN) The questions asked during the interview were:

  • I heard that you know director Mamoru Oshii personally.
  • What kinds of his work ethics were you influenced by?
  • Do you think that Oshii’s work, that influences many animators within Japan, also influences others around the world?
  • Mamoru Oshii made this work in the 1980’s. Do you think he was ahead of his time?
  • There are people who say that you and Oshii’s works are focused on “social awareness.”
  • What are some Japanese anime and/or television shows you’ve been influenced by?
  • What are your thoughts after seeing the trailer for The Next Generation Patlabor: Shuto Kessen?

Both directors’ works have been very inspiring to me. Ghost in the Shell sparked my interest in robotics, existentialism, and the roles of technology in society. While del Toro just seems to have a vast amount of imagination and a great deal of dedication to his creations as seen from Pan’s Labyrinth and Pacific Rim. This video just spiked my level of fanboyism way up!

Source: Anime News Network

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