This is the first animated film to win the Berlin Film Festival's highest award, the Golden Bear. http://asia.cnn.com/2002/WORLD/asiap...eut/index.html It's the biggest grossing film ever in Japan - $220 million. This seems astonishing, given the population of Japan. I wonder if any other film has broken the $200 million mark in Japan. Perhaps LOTR soon will? Doubtful, given the ironclad grasp Miyazaki has on the zeitgeist of the Japanese public. Anyway, looks like another winner from Miyazaki. Wonder when it'll arrive in the US.