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 subject matter and perspective will be problematic for American audiences who may perceive it to be too nationalistic (which has already occurred in the film’s South Korean release). The movie also features adults smoking, which is taboo in American animation and even raised concern in Japan, even if it is historically accurate. The subject matter also makes the movie a tough sell for American audiences in general. Disney, the movie’s US distributor, has released the film in New York and Los Angeles for a one-week run to qualify it for the Best Animated Feature Academy Award, with an English dub to follow in a wider release in February 2014.
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