Can "The Wind Rises" blow over "Frozen" at the Oscars or will Miyazaki's last movie feel the chill of the Academy Awards? - Inside the Magic

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  1. Anime Nut

    Great review. I saw THE WIND RISES in its original Japanese audio with English subtitles. If you have the means, I strongly recommend seeing it this way. The film is 100% tied to Japanese culture and history (with a brief detour to Germany). It’s not Miyazaki’s best (SPIRITED AWAY) or my personal favorite (KIKI’S DELIVERY SERVICE), but THE WIND RISES is easily his most mature work. If you’ve ever cared about Miyazaki’s career, the final moments and closing credits will make you a sobbing mess. “Arigato.” It really is a perfect note for Miyazaki to go out on.

  2. Mikki

    I do ask, why did you bring your five year old nephew to this screening? Were you not aware of the PG-13 rating?

    Also worth noting, this film did stir up some controversy in Japan and parts of Asia affected by WWII.

    That said, it’s a beautiful film. You don’t necessarily have to be familiar with Miyazaki’s filmography or Ghibli’s previous releases to enjoy it. My boyfriend who has never seen a film from this studio enjoyed it quite immensely. I am already a Studio Ghibli fan and found it quite fitting to be the ‘last feature'(if we are to believe*) Miyazaki has directed.

    Like the author here, Wind Rises does seem to be lacking a certain something compared to other Miyazaki productions. I think it’s the ending for me. It’s not a clean ‘wrap up’ of a two hour biopic. I think because of this, Frozen will definitely get the win for the Oscars this Sunday… not to mention as Americans, our audience still associates animation as something for children.

  3. EricJ

    I remember when chummy fan-gushing over The Muppets reached such a point, they didn’t even BOTHER to nominate any other Best Songs, besides the one everyone felt clever-clever for joking about. (Which is too bad, as the song from Rio was actually sort of good.)

    We’re SERIOUSLY at that fan-winking point now with “Let It Go’er” Frozen fangirls. Excuse me if I seem a little harsh, in that I couldn’t -stand- the movie (oh, it was okay, but like Princess & Frog, it could’ve been a lot less of a disorganized chick-pandering mess if it had really tried, and I wonder how much of those saying “Best Disney movie in history!” actually saw Wreck-It Ralph in theaters), but on another board I joked that what Time Magazine referred to as “the Cult of Frozen” was acting, quote, “like Bronies with icicles”.
    There’s just NO danged stopping it this year, and if it was up against a -good- Ghibli, I’d be up in arms about it. But Wind Rises was also….okay/underwhelming, and seemed more like a lifetime-achievement ceremony for Miyazaki than an actual film in the sense that Spirited Away was “the one that ‘should’ have won”. (And Howl’s Moving Castle wasn’t.)

  4. Eric B. Freeman

    Well, if Disney can’t lincese non-Disney animated films to their parks like I commented before in a Seven Dwarfs Mine Train ride article, then alright, never mind. They always like to stick with attractions based on their own animated films and characters since they’re so popular and loved by people of all ages (like kids, teens and adults too).

    And speaking of which, what you please tell me what is your favorite attractions based Disney animated films?

  5. lars

    I hope Miyazaki’s last movie feel the chill of the Academy Awards,wind rises was certainly not anywhere near his best,plus the last time he was nominated he didn’t show up to collect the oscar.

  6. chris

    i am a fan of princess mono and am most likely gonna see this movie also but whats funny is Disney has this hole other Disney line of cartoon movies that are released in japan that most people in the states don’t know about and they are all almost fantastic movies and would suggest if you don’t see this one watch one of his other movies r even howls moving castle which i don’t think was made by him but it gives you a good idea of how different the American movies are from the Japanese movies

  7. SD

    “Miyazaki has directed eight feature films, including the Oscar-winning “Spirited Away” (2001), as well as “My Neighbor Totoro” (1988), “Howl’s Moving Castle” (2004) and “Ponyo” (2008), among others.”

    He has actually directed at least eleven feature films: (1) The Castle of Cagliostro, (2) Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, (3) Castle in the Sky, (4) My Neighbor Totoro, (5) Kiki’s Delivery Service, (6) Porco Rosso, (7) Princess Mononoke, (8) Spirited Away, (9) Howl’s Moving Castle, (10) Ponyo, and (11) The Wind Rises.

  8. Ryan R

    I really don’t think it’s fair to have foreign films nominated for this category. Now I get it, there were not a lot of good animated films this year, the only ones I liked were Frozen and Despicable Me 2, but still I don’t think that it would be fair because you know that there is a good chance that this movie might blow over Frozen, even it really deserved this Oscar.

    1. FairTrade

      Sorry to say, but America isn’t the only country to produce Oscar worthy pieces. The Oscars highlights the best motion pictures of the year from around the world. I’m not sure I understand what you even mean by calling it unfair to nominate foreign films. It would be unfair to society if others (including Miyazaki) went unrecognized just because their films weren’t made in America. His story telling and mastery of animation has inspired so many people.

  9. EricJ

    If it’s animated, and released in the US, it qualifies. What, you’re worried that it was taking attention away from Frozen?

  10. If I cared what the Academy thought, I would be upset if The Wind Rises lost to a relatively banal film like Frozen.

    What I can see a lot of casual fans missing is that The Wind Rises is not simply a biopic of Jiro Horikoshi nor is it merely Hayao Miyazaki’s last film. Subtextually, it is also an autobiography and reflection on his own career. While movies like Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke get the most acclaim, Miyazaki’s heart is in airplanes and technical drawing. His family company made parts for airplanes including the Zero fighter featured in this film, bringing things full-circle. To date, I feel that his most personal film has been Porco Rosso – a relatively lighthearted romp about pilots, one of whom is a pig (Miyazaki always caricatures himself as a pig) – but I think The Wind Rises succeeds it.

    Through the historical lens of this aircraft designer, working in a medium (aircraft design) he loves, Miyazaki is reflacting on his own life and career as an artist, his creative impulse, how he has endured in a commercial environment that makes demands on his artistic production, and how his life has affected and been affected by those around him. Horikoshi is portrayed as a bespectacled, chain-smoking, passionately-driven workaholic… just like Miyazaki himself. No it doesn’t have the same “magic” as Miyazaki’s more commercial films, but it’s not supposed to. That’s not what it’s about. It’s about HIM.

    Miyazaki did gloss over WWII, no doubt because there is such a strong critique of war in his films. It was doubtless something he himself had to wrestle with, and I think it goes without saying that the war is standing in here as a metaphor for the world outside of Miyazaki’s own doorstep, whether the animation market, the changing world, or whatever. As for whether Horikoshi should or should not or would or wouldn’t have felt any moral anxieties over what he was doing… Well… I think you have to be careful not to transcribe your American biases onto the film. Japanese people supported the Japanese war effort, just like American people supported the American war effort. Americans were the enemy, so why would they feel any misgivings about creating instruments that would kill the enemy? Maybe Horikoshi did, but I certainly haven’t seen many American films that question the justness of what the Allies did in WWII either.

    What I did find really interesting was the extended portion on the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923… Definitely some echos of post-tsunami Japan in that sequence.

    Will it win the Oscar? Well, who cares? But with any kind of luck, Academy members will be able to recognize The Wind Rises for what it is and maybe factor in that it is Miyazaki’s swan song. Or maybe they’ll just give it to a garbled up mess like Frozen because it was mildly entertaining with some okay songs but a lot of people bought tickets for it.

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