Lintu wrote:Anyone know if there are any scripts available in Japanese to practice with? I have Spirited Away and want to watch it in Japanese, but it would be great to have a transcript.
You can get what are called Film Comic. These use stills from the actual Studio Ghibli movies and contain the exact dialog from the film. What is more you can get both English versions and Japanese versions so you can compare the english translation. The Japanese version comes with furigana along side the kanji. Once again the Japanese version has word for word the script from the movie. I have Princess Mononoke, Howls Moving Castle, and Totoro. I'm pretty sure Ive seen Spirited Away in a bookstore. In each case the story is spread across 4 comics or so. They are around 600 yen each. I bought copies at Kinokunia (a major bookstore) in Japan. I think I found Princess Mononoke by just browsing through the shelves but the others I had to order. They should have the words FILM COMIC in English on the front cover and spine. You need to be careful cause their are other versions of these stories that don't follow the scripts.
Anyway the publisher is Tokuma Shoten. their phone number (sales) is 03(5403)4324 that is a Tokyo number of course. For what it is worth the ISBN numbers for Princess Mononoke are as follows
Publisher:Tokuma Shoten Year:2000
I have searched for japanese movie scripts for ages and aside for one uncompleted transcription of Mononoke Hime on line this is the best, or rather the only thing I've found.
Oh, I just found the following
'97 Nenkan Daihyou Shinario Shuu
(1997 Best Screenplay Collection)
Notes:Contains several movie scripts, including Mononoke Hime.
I think I'd go for the film comics however. Whatever , I'd be interested to hear if anyone else has any leads on scripts. They must be out there.
Sorry if this post is a bit long