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Review: “The Wind Rises” – Miyazaki’s Solemn Tribute to Invention

by Todd "GWOtaku" DuBoison March 3, 2014
Reasonable people can disagree about whether Hayao Miyazaki’s retirement from directing feature films will stick, but I think it is impossible to walk away from The Wind Rises without a lasting impression that it was created and directed as though it were this auteur’s final project. This film of exquisite beauty is ostensibly a biopic […]

PR: “The Wind Rises” Wins Truly Moving Picture Award

by Ed Liuon February 26, 2014
THE WIND RISES COMPLETES MIYAZAKI LEGACY, WINS TRULY MOVING PICTURE AWARD Hayao Miyazaki’s final animated feature film honored by Heartland Truly Moving Pictures (INDIANAPOLIS) – Studio Ghibli’s “The Wind Rises” has been recognized with the Truly Moving Picture Award by nonprofit arts organization Heartland Truly Moving Pictures. “’The Wind Rises’ is another extraordinary film from […]

Animation Dominates Japan 2013 Box Office Charts

by Ed Liuon January 13, 2014
The Hollywood Reporter notes that the 2013 annual box office results in Japan are dominated by animation, with 7 out of the top 10 grossing films of the year being animated, and one prominently featuring a CGI character in a live-action movie. Hayao Miyazaki’s Kaze Tachinu (The Wind Rises) was the #1 top grossing film […]


NY Times on the Uncertain Reception for Hayao Miyazaki’s “The Wind Rises”

by Ed Liuon November 11, 2013
The New York Times has looked at the potential trouble spots in the US release of Hayao Miyazaki’s latest film The Wind Rises, based on the life of Jiro Horikoshi, the designer of the Japanese Zero fighter. While right-wing elements in Japan have criticized the film for being too pacifistic, the concern is that the […]

Studio Ghibli Announces Hayao Miyazaki’s Retirement From Feature Films

by Todd "GWOtaku" DuBoison September 1, 2013
During a press conference at the Venice International Film Festival on Sunday, Studio Ghibli President Koji Hoshino announced that director Hayao Miyazaki will retire from directing feature films. The news comes in the wake of the release of Miyazaki’s latest film The Wind Rises (Kaze Tachinu) in Japan, a fictionalized biography of the Zero Fighter […]

Hayao Miyazaki Faces Nationalist Backlash for Anti-War Messages in “Kaze Tachinu”

by Ed Liuon August 14, 2013
The South China Morning Post reports that renowned animation director Hayao Miyazaki has drawn criticism from right-wing and nationalist Japanese factions for perceived anti-war messages in Kaze Tachinu, his latest film about the life of Horikoshi Jiro, creator of the Japanese Zero fighter. Despite its subject and setting during World War II, the movie portrays […]

Review: “My Neighbor Totoro” Blu-ray – Best. Neighbor. Ever.

by Weathermanon May 30, 2013
Some movies are huge, gaudy spectacles of sound and fury that signify nothing more than our ability as humans to be entertained by empty flashes of lights.  Some movies completely eschew the idea of anything visual and become an exercise in watching boring people talk to each other till you’re sick of it.  The best […]