Dark Windows

Masked killer gets bloody revenge in ‘Dark Windows’

It might come as a surprise to learn about the company behind Hello Kitty once it has branched out into the dramatic film industry. And early on in this short-lived project, Sanrio She produced one of her most notable films to date. Masami HataIn 1978 from the adaptation Takashi Yanas‘s Bell ringing (Shirin No Suzu) found its way to the United States in the early 1980s thanks to RCA/Columbia Pictures. The 47-minute film appears to be a garden-variety cartoon about pregnancy, based on promotional art. However, all viewers of this animated mystery can agree that looks are deceiving.

Bell ringing It begins in an enchanting grassland at the foot of a mountain somewhere in America. With winter coming to a close, a local herd of ewes gives birth to the next generation and raises them. This includes Chirin, which is expressed by Minori Matsushima In the Japanese version, the Barbara Goodson In English dubbing. Because of Shireen’s habit of wandering in unsafe parts of pastures, he wore a bell around his neck. In this way his anxious mother (Taiko NakanishiAnd Alexandra Kenworthy) You can always find it.

Bell ringingCheerful demeanor and scenic landscape fade as the sun goes down, and the most feared predator, the infamous wolf (siso katoAnd Bill Capese), preying on the herd. The ruthless hunter quickly finds a meal, but takes another life before disappearing into the night. Unharmed and unaware, Shirin crawls out from under his mother who was protecting him during the attack. Little by little he realizes what happened after Woe lays his eyes on him. Dazed and angry, Shireen then sets off in search of his mother’s killer.

Shireen decides that the only way to defeat woe is to has become his student. The wolf brushes Chirin aside until he sees something very strange in a world where every action is predetermined. Shireen tries to save a nest of flying eggs from a snake after his mother is killed, but his efforts are in vain. Woe then shares a cold, cruel lesson with Shireen: Some must die in order for others to live. He proceeds to question Aries why he wanted to be like him in the first place. Shireen says he doesn’t want to be helpless like the other sheep who stay put knowing full well that they will be foraging at some point. The wolf was finally convinced to take Shirin under his wing.

Characters become the thing they hate is a common idea in storytelling. Chirin is already active on his own mission, but like many others in a similar situation, he does not take into account the full weight of his actions. However, Sherine trains day and night with Woe in hopes of gaining strength and power. His body became more and more solid to match his new temperament. Chirin’s change is amazing considering the wonderful and peaceful pregnancy seen earlier. But what he ultimately lost in the process is something he may never get back.

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The wolf has also put himself in a precarious position; Every day he approaches death and he teaches Shirin his ways. Surely he could have avoided all that would come had he devoured the lamb as nature dictated. An easy explanation for why the wolf would instead channel Shireen is the fact that the animals live to promote their sex; It is acting on a biological desire. There are no other wolves in these parts after all. Another thing to think about is Will’s pathological curiosity. Being the top predator here, a creature like him wouldn’t have much to be afraid of. It descends easily twice its size, and prey is more than abundant. The life of a wolf is as simple as it can be expected. So Chirin’s strange suggestion might sound intriguing if Woe wants to turn things around and feel challenged.

The day comes when Shireen realizes his ambition to be just as powerful as the wolf, if not more so. Its sharp horns have reached inward, and its hooves are hard as stone. The demonic ram has only one final test to complete his transformation; He has to destroy his hometown. Shirin without hesitation slaughters a group of guard dogs before descending upon a flock of helpless sheep like the one he came from. He is ready to kill them all until the sight of a sheep screaming at its mother brings him to his senses.

Animators have always admitted to death in one form or another. classic Looney Tunes The dying appears only as a temporary setback, as you see the characters regularly walk away unharmed after falling off a cliff, coming into contact with explosives, or succumbing to the weight of a massive boulder. Meanwhile, more permanent images are found in the cinema. From the Disney classic to the many Don Bluth images, Western animators posed yesterday’s death, yes, but they often applied an almost mystical sheen to the action. There was also an assumption that things would improve once the trauma and pain were gone.

On the other hand, there is no silver lining that can perceive to death in Bell ringing. Chirin suffers loss at various times in the film. Although this story shares elements with Disney BambiIt goes the other way in terms of death. Bambi recovered in a healthy manner, while Shireen completely passed the mourning period in an attempt to avoid the inevitable. He thought becoming a predator like Woe would save him, but his quest for revenge didn’t leave him any more. Shireen spent a lot of time fighting the concept of death and never took the time to live his life.

Bell ringing It is cruel viewing at any age, especially today when attitudes and cultural norms regarding informing children have changed. The horrific visuals and psychological horror are amazing. This is a children’s story, though, so there’s supposed to be a lesson to be learned. Is this a reminder to maintain one’s social leg? Or is it a warning of revenge? Perhaps this is another novel, “Be careful what you wish for.” The goal here isn’t very straightforward, and adults will have a hard time cracking everything up for younger viewers. Despite the bleak conclusion, openness is what stings the most in a unique, bold, and beautiful film.


Horror Elsewhere It is a recurring column that highlights a variety of films from around the world, especially those not from the United States. Fears may not be universal, but one thing is for sure An understandable cry always and everywhere.

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