Legendary director Hayao Miyazaki may be facing issues domestically because of his political views, but his latest opus Kaze Tachinu (“The Wind Rises”) is enjoying both box-office and critical success. And now the prestigious Venice Film Festival has announced that it will be screening in competition this coming August 28 to September 7.
Miyazaki previously competed at Venice in 2004 for Howl’s Moving Castle and has already received a lifetime achievement award in 2005 from them. His latest entry is a fictionalized biography of Jiro Horikoshi, the inventor of the Mitsubishi Zero fighter plane that was heavily used by the Japanese Imperial Army in World War II. It’s a clear departure from his usual beloved fare of spirits and fantastic creatures, but nonetheless it has been receiving good early reviews. It opened in Japan last July 20, earning $9.66 million to top the weekend box-office and will probably be one of the most successful films in Japan this year.
The Studio Ghibli founder has been receiving a beating from Japanese nationalist netizens this week after an article published in the studio’s Neppu magazine saw him criticizing Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s plans to amend Japan’s Pacifist Constitution, calling them “outrageous”. He also had strong comments about controversial issues like comfort women, territorial disputes with China and South Korea and Abe’s position regarding Japan’s wartime behavior. Still, this criticism doesn’t seem to affect Miyazaki’s popularity in the film and animation industry.
[ via Anime News Network ]
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