What's better than Walt Disney? Japanese Walt Disney, a.k.a. Hayao Miyazaki, the magically delicious director of My Neighbor Totoro and Spirited Away. Besides creating some of the greatest classics Japan has ever known, Miyazaki has become super popular in the last 10-15 years over here.
Miyazaki's newest film has become his most controversial, as people in Japan are calling it unpatriotic because of its strongly anti-war message. Called "The Wind Rises" in English, the movie is based on the life of the man who designed the Mitsubishi Zero, one of the most dangerous and devastating fighter planes in World War II, which you knew right away if you ever played Combat Flight Simulator 2: WWII Pacific Theatre as a kid, which I did so ha.
Here are five reasons we're dying to see The Wind Rises:
1. The trailer. The trailer alone is better than the entirety of The Wolverine.
2. It's the first-ever historical biopic Miyazaki's done. Up until this point, Hayao Miyazaki has mostly produced fantasy, albeit with a historical twist, like Castle in the Sky.
3. Ghibli films always explore controversial topics in new ways. For instance, Princess Mononoke explored the environment vs. industry without vilifying industry in the way that most movies on that topic do.
4. Miyazaki's films are always stunning and intimately beautiful. And from the trailer, The Wind Rises will be no different. We love the music and we love the abstractness, like the paper airplane turning into a fighter plane.
5. We love controversy! Have you ever seen All Quiet on the Western Front? Widely considered the best anti-war film ever, it was banned in many countries that were preparing to fight in World War II and showings of the film were disrupted by members of the Nazi party.