2 Many people may have either heard of Hayao Miyazaki, a well-known Japanese animator, or seen his internationally praised films. His films, such as My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke, and Howl’s Moving Castle, have attracted the interest of people of all ages around the world.1
3 *may與might 均表示 現在或未來的可能性 1/9Many people may have heard of Hayao Miyazaki ….1為什麼不是 Many people might hear of Hayao Miyazaki?*may與might 均表示 現在或未來的可能性He may/might come to the party tonight, but I’m not sure.*may/might have p.p. 才能表示 之前的可能情形He may/might have come to the party last night, but I didn’t see him.*must + VR vs. must+ have + Vp.p. You must say something stupid. vs. You must have said something stupid.
4 …When moviegoers steep themselves in Miyazaki’s films, they easily note three marked characteristics.steep (v.) 浸泡使...沉浸在...immerse... in...明顯的noticeablenoteddistinctivestriking
5 2/9First, the main characters are often tough females who always face difficulties bravely and try to overcome them. Take Satsuki, the twelve-year-old main character in My Neighbor Totoro, for example. She has to take care of her younger sister and do piles of housework because their father is busy working while their mother is being treated in a hospital.2= when
6 3/9…Actually, Satsuki’s childhood is similar to Miyazaki’s (childhood). When Miyazaki was about six, his mother was treated for a lung infection, and this continued until his teenage years. Consequently, Miyazaki had to care for his two younger brothers, just as Satsuki does in the film.which
7 = give rise to = contribute to Second, flying is a major theme in many of Miyazaki’s works. Miyazaki’s father worked in aviation, and this led to Miyazaki’s interest in flying. When Miyazaki was a child, he would spend hours drawing planes.4/93which= result in = bring about = cause= give rise to = contribute to?????
8 …After he started to create his own works, flying naturally became a repeated theme in his animated films. Various flying vehicles, such as a witch’s broom and military vessels, have appeared in his films.5/9
9 Third, Miyazaki’s films consist of characters that are very different from the characters in typical Hollywood animations. The characters he created reflect reality. They are neither totally good nor absolutely wicked, which is true to life.As the stories in his films progress, villains reveal certain positive sides, as well as violence, evil, and hate.46/9[those1. consist of 包含了; 由…所組成2. comprise以上為主動用法 (和中文語感不同)3. be composed of 由...組成4. be made up of5. be comprised of]??; this?寫實的realistic???
11 AB7/9…Good is mixed with bad, and the tension between the two gives richness and complexity to Miyazaki’s stories. If his characters were similar to the characters in Hollywood animations, his works might not be so unique.thoseWhat is the truth?Characters created by Miyazaki are way different from those in Hollywood animations.
12 With these special characteristics, Miyazaki’s films have not only hit it big in Japan, but also impressed audiences and critics alike from the four corners of the earth. In 2002, the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature went to Spirited Away, the first Japanese animated film that won an Oscar.58/9世界各地around the world?[被頒給was awarded to]=which won (?)=to win (o)=to have won (o)?
13 …In spite of those achievements, Miyazaki has remained true to his own ideals and beliefs, which are expressed in each of his productions. Without a doubt, with the wonderful worlds he creates in his movies, this imaginative animator as well as his brilliant films will always fill people with awe.9/9雖然有/不論... + NDespiteRegardless of??sthsb
14 Despite (having) those achievement Although he has those achievement Miyazaki has those achievement. Nevertheless, he has remained true to his…Despite (having) those achievement In spite of those achievement, Miyazaki has remained true to his…Although he has those achievementDespiteIn spite of(Even) withN./ Ving, S+V.+Although/ Even if / (Even) thoughDespite the fact thatIn spite of the fact thatWhile+S+ V, S+V.Despite (prep.) (adv.) (conj.)NeverthelessNonethelessS1.++S2.
16 In spite of those achievement, Miyazaki has remained true to his… =Notwithstanding (having) those achievement, Miyazaki has remained…=Notwithstanding he has those achievement, Miyazaki has remained…=Miyazaki has those achievement; notwithstanding, he has remained true…Despite (prep.) (adv.) (conj.)
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18 …In spite of those achievements, Miyazaki has remained true to his own ideals and beliefs, which are expressed in each of his productions. Without a doubt, with the wonderful worlds he creates in his movies, this imaginative animator as well as his brilliant films will always fill people with awe.9/9sthsb
19 A Comprehension Check ( ) 1. Hayao Miyazaki ______. Choose the correct answer to each question or statement.( ) 1. Hayao Miyazaki ______.is an imaginative animator(B) had an easy childhood(C) suffered from a lung infection(D) works in aviationA
20 B ( ) 2. Which of the following is true about Miyazaki’s films? (A) They are popular only in Japan and are not welcomed in Hollywood.(B) One of his films was the first Japanese animation that won an Oscar.(C) Each of the female characters in his films has the ability to fly.(D) The villains in his films all end up becoming good guys.B
21 B ( ) 3. The reading is mainly about ______. (A) the first international award that Miyazaki won(B) the special characteristics in Miyazaki’s films(C) how Miyazaki has realized his dream of becoming an animator(D) how Miyazaki fills moviegoers in awe and wonderB
22 D ( ) 4. From the reading, we can infer that ______. (A) Miyazaki has won many Academy Awards since his first film(B) Miyazaki will certainly make 3-D animated features in the future(C) Miyazaki’s films are so close to reality that many of them lack any imagination(D) Miyazaki’s father had a job in aviation, and this has had a great influence on his works.D