...film on inner realities and human connections. Mind-blowingly good.
This one has had me thinking about what are my favorite OVAs from Japan: the ones that are top notch visually and intellectually.
In no particular order I'd have to go with:
Princess Mononoke (though not everyone cares for this film)
Ghost in the Shell
Battle Angel Alita
Battle Angel is currently not available in any format, unless you want to buy a VHS copy off eBay. Apparently James Cameron has bought the rights to do a CGI version of the manga. Here's hoping it's more nuanced than Smurfs in Space was.
I also enjoyed Howell's Moving Castle and Metropolis, though both stumbled towards the end. The most hyped film that was a letdown was Grave of Fireflies. A Swedish friend and I watched that film expecting a moving tale about the horrors of war and its innocent victims. Instead we found a story in which a boy let's his sister die out of sheer misplaced pride. While the film's maker may have intended to convey a subtler message, emotionally it was lost beneath question of why didn't he just take the money offered by his family that his father had left for him?