Almost caught up to the original schedule.
The Wind Rises / 風立ちぬ; Kaze Tachinu (2013) dir. Hayao Miyazaki
I really enjoyed watching this film with my friend Sarah yesterday. The film is fascinating, thought-provoking, and seemingly autobiographical of Miyazaki himself; even though the film is based on Jiro Horikoshi, an actual historical figure. Perhaps some of the most obvious similarities being that Miyazaki’s father was an aeronautical engineer in WWII, his mother suffered from tuberculosis, and the character at the end of his career-“artists have 10 years in the sun, we are no different” (although we all know that Miyazaki’s career has spanned well over 10 years).
The film struck me as more sentimental and personal to the writer compared to other films. It’s because of this that I can actually believe that his retirement plans are indeed serious and final.
There are so many more things I’m considering based on his heavy use as transportation (particularly trains and airplanes) as a device in his storytelling. I’ll probably think on that more and watch the movie again, before I post my thoughts online.
oh my god you’ve seen it before i have
this isn’t fair
now i have to wait for the damn blu ray until i can watch it in japanese
i had to leave japan a week before it was released in theatres in july ;;;;____;;;;
and regarding the film striking as more sentimental/personal, it’s probably related to the fact that it’s his first (and possibly last?) non-fantasy film
EDIT: Also this is the first time I saw the American promotional poster and I find it interesting they chose a still with the male protagonist in the picture with obvious romantic implications. I guess it’s a marketing thing. The Japanese poster just has the lady painting.
Going back to Renard in commemoration of doing these for 1 year.