Come and Get It: Food in the Films of Hayao Miyazaki

A Ghibli buffet.

A Ghibli buffet.

Food in many societies, including various Asian societies, is about more than mere sustenance, it is an expression of culture and an extension of identity, and a nonverbal way to convey love, respect, goodness, and even hope. The care with which food is selected, prepared, presented and consumed are just alternative forms of nurturing that start with the body, move through the mind and wind up in the spirit.

As inspired by the opening scene of Ang Lee’s breakthrough film Eat, Drink, Man, Woman (1994), video essayist HERROZZY has made the following supercut about the art of food as specifically seen in the films of Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli. The video follows the same structure as Lee’s scene, separating the images into five categories: mise en place, cooking, serving, offering, and – naturally – eating. It’s a veritable buffet for the senses and the soul, one that will leave you feeling full of happiness.

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