Regardless, very interesting interview.
Also, Ser Barristan: Game of Thrones Seasons 3 & 4 Interview - Barristan Selmy, Ian McElhinney
Supposedly Miyazaki's last film, it is somewhat of an oddity for Studio Ghibli in subject at least, in that it is a biography rather than a fantasy tale. It is the (apparently fairly factionalized) story of Jiro Horikoshi, a pioneering plane engineer/designer who dreamed of flight (dreams play a large role in the movie) and in pursuit of this dream created the prototype of what would be the prototype of the Japanese Zero fighter plane. A point that is sort of glossed over in the film (or at least glossed over in the English dubbed version that is in theaters now).
While that specific detail is sort of glossed over, the idea of artists creating beauty only for the government to use this creation for warfare, is touched on repeatedly throughout the movie. As is the artist's push for creation and perfection. Jiro will be obsessed with the curve of a mackerel bone from his lunch and how the shape relates to airplane wings and you'll find yourself being pulled along in the story agreeing with him. Flush riveting will become an exciting topic just as much as his courtship with the young woman who is the love of his life (other than flight).
It's a great movie, the animation is beautiful and the use of human voices to create sound effects (from plane propellers to earthquakes and fire) is at times astounding. Definitely worth seeing, but having said that, it is fairly "Japanese" not only in theme, but in timing, so it takes it's time in telling the story and is very slow.
Meaning that while good, it is not a movie for young kids, because they would quickly get bored with it. The showing we went to, had bored young kids (younger than 10 or so) fidgeting about (although in a nod to their parents, even while obviously bored, they weren't loud or obnoxious like other movies with bored kids I've been to).
When the inevitable re-listing of Studio Ghibli movies from best to worst comes out, The Wind Rises will be towards the top.
Calvin 20 years later? Bill Watterson, creator of comic strip Calvin and Hobbes, comes out of 2 decades of retirement for this poster for the film Stripped.
According to strippedfilm.com, "Stripped" is a comics documentary, a love-letter to comic strips. It brings together the world’s best cartoonists to talk about the art form they love, and what happens to it as newspapers die.
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