Guillermo del Toro Schnippet

Everything, the way we see the world, I really believe this, is absolutely the way we see ourselves. The satisfactions, the hatreds, the fears, we feel for others, are all things that are incomplete in you. It has very little to do with others. Until you heal those things, then you can see people. I mean I love the idea of kintsugi…

… the Japanese notion that… you know, tea sets were very valuable and the great ones came from China. When the tea sets broke, they were sent to repair to China and they came back with really coarse repairs, trying to make the crack disappear, look like new. And Japanese started the art of repairing those cracks with gold. So, the crack itself was a beautiful thing that told the story of how that thing came to be, not trying to hide the cracks but make them part of the being of the thing. And that’s what we are. I think that we are made of broken porcelain and we should not be afraid of making the repair marks.

GALLOWAY: It’s a very interesting view: the flaws are part of the human being but also the work of art.

DEL TORO: It is the notion of wabi-sabi in Japan which is much more ample but it’s the perfection of imperfection, the humility of the beauty of imperfection. It’s very hard to explain wabi-sabi, but it’s this notion that it’s the chinks in the armor that make the armor beautiful, so to speak, or the aging of a piece of wood.

… and wabi-sabi says it’s in context that a humble thing can become beautiful. And I think that’s what I tried to do with the genre. You know, I take a genre that is really looked down upon. And in the more personal films, in the smaller films, I tried to attempt to …

Guillermo del Toro on Seeing a UFO, Hearing Ghosts and Shaping ‘Water’
by Stephen Galloway, The Hollywood Reporter, 8:00 AM PST 12/21/2017

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