Blu-Ray Review: The Wind Rises (2013, Dir, Hayao Miyazaki)

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Since this is the last movie Hayao Miyazaki is making, he’s retiring from movie making, I was expecting the best, but what I got was something less than that. I mean the animation as always was spectacular but the story this time out is rooted firmly in the real world, so to speak. I tend to be more partial to his fantasy-laden plots. The Wind Rises centers on an actual person from history, Jiro Horikoshi, who designed this airplane for World War II. The tale, however, as I understand is fictional, showing how he became inspired by aeronautics and how he met his wife who then died of tuberculosis.

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Blu-Ray Review: Princess Mononoke (1997, Dir, Hayao Miyazaki)

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I’ve been a fan of Princess Mononoke (1997) ever since I first saw it. It’s hard to believe it’s taken this long for it to come to blu-ray. But here we are, so let’s begin.

Mononoke is an anime fantasy flick by renowned anime director Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle, Nausicaa In The Valley Of The Wind, etc) that focuses on the age old plight of mankind and mother nature, most times it’s a contentious relationship, has been lately, where Emishi Prince, Ashitaka (Billy Crudup), has the bad luck of being present when a “demon” attacks in the surrounding land near his village. This demon appears to me made up of writhing, black worms, but this is only a façade, a fatal one at that. The beast at it’s core is, or used to be, Nago, The Boar God, yes, a giant boar who has for all intents and purposes turned evil and striking out at anything human.

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