Sharing a House with the Never-Ending Man: 15 Years at Studio Ghibli

Steve Alpert (Author)
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Description

This highly entertaining business memoir describes what it was like to work for Japan's premiere animation studio, Studio Ghibli, and its reigning genius Hayao Miyazaki. Steve Alpert, a Japanese-speaking American, was the "resident foreigner" in the offices of Ghibli and its parent Tokuma Shoten and played a central role when Miyazaki's films were starting to take off in international markets. Alpert describes hauling heavy film canisters of Princess Mononoke to Russia and California, experiencing a screaming Harvey Weinstein, dealing with Disney marketers, and then triumphantly attending glittering galas celebrating the Oscar-winning Spirited Away.

His one-of-a-kind portraits of Miyazaki and long-time producer Toshio Suzuki, and of sly, gruff, and brilliant businessman Yasuyoshi Tokuma, capture the hard work and artistry that have made Ghibli films synonymous with cinematic excellence. And as the lone gaijin in a demanding company run by some of the most famous and influential people in modern Japan, Steve Alpert tackles his own challenges of language and culture. No one else could have written this book.

Product Details

Price
$19.95  $18.35
Publisher
Stone Bridge Press
Publish Date
June 16, 2020
Pages
296
Dimensions
5.4 X 0.7 X 8.3 inches | 0.88 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9781611720570

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About the Author

Steve Alpert studied Japanese Literature at Columbia University under Donald Keene and Edward Seidensticker. He speaks Japanese and Chinese fluently, having lived in Tokyo, Kyoto, and Taipei for a combined total of over 35 years. Alpert worked in Tokyo as a vice president at a major bank, as president of an American TV animation company, and as head of international sales at Japan's premier animation studio, Studio Ghibli, cofounded by Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata . He has translated more than a dozen Japanese films and several short works of Japanese fiction. His book in Japanese about his experiences working at Studio Ghibli was published in 2015 by Iwanami Shoten. He lives near New Haven, CT.

Reviews

"It's a fabulous book. Informative and illuminating." --Neil Gaiman, author of American Gods, Sandman, and The Ocean at the End of the Lane "... an utterly priceless insider account, loaded with shouting matches, dastardly deals, moments of searing creative wisdom and fist-gnawing awkwardness. Ghibli, and anime, will never look the same again." --Jonathan Clements, author of Anime: A History "I've been waiting a long time for Steve Alpert's book. With humor and insight he describes his years working at Japan's premiere animation company--Studio Ghibli--where I always marveled at his ability to survive. Fans of Ghibli and its films, and its best-known founder and director, Hayao Miyazaki, will be delighted. And so, too, will anyone interested in Japanese society and business, the animation industry, and problems of intercultural communication." --Frederik L. Schodt, translator, with Beth Cary, of Hayao Miyazaki's autobiographical books, Starting Point and Turning Point