The Japanese town of Yanagawa so captivated Hideo Miyazaki on his first visit that he decided to use it as the background for one of his stories. However, he entrusted Isao Takahata with directing the project. The producer of Nausicaä was so impressed with the efforts of the locals to protect the canals that run through the town that he would convert the entire film into a documentary about their peculiar history.
Director: Isao Takahata. AKA 柳川の運河の物語 / The Story of Yanagawa’s Canals
Writer: Isao Takahata.
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Note: 2 versions available for this documentary, the first one is Japanese audio w/English subs, the second one is English narration with English subs only for the non-narrated parts (interviews and Japanese on-screen texts).