This looks at least as fascinating as Spirited Away. Perhaps more so,at least for me, as it's an historical. It's playing here in NYC at the IFC on Avenue of the Americas.
"Of course we had certain archival materials to refer to, but the truth is that when I grew up, some of those sights still remained,” he said. “I remember that when the sun was setting, how that hit the town and how beautiful it was. I remember how dark certain parts of the town were, or the fact that they didn’t have fluorescent lights, but the more orange, warm glow of the lights at the time. I remember the way people were kind, instead of robotic.”
And Mr. Miyazaki did take some lessons from his father to heart for scene like this.
“What Hayao Miyazaki often taught me is to not draw from photographs,” he said. “Because all I would produce is mimicry. You have to draw from your mind.”However, one can wish that the people weren't so pink-white and round-eyed ... probably people who know Japan better than I do -- which is everyone -- can explain this.