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Source: http://uk.movies.yahoo.com/wind-rises-first-10-billion-yen-since-2008-171100736.html

As I mentioned in my earlier posts, Hiyao Miyazaki is retiring. But,  his fans do have this one last thing to hold onto, his final film with Studio Ghibli ‘The Wind Rises’. The economy took great hold of this movie too, as the animated movie was a box office hit in his release. So far it has made over 10 billion yen, the equivalent to 101 million US dollars,  in the theaters. It has been met with generally positive reception, critics claiming it to be an uplifting, enjoyable movie.

Miyazaki’s final film has, so far, topped the 10 billion yen mark, which is the first Japanese film in its native country to do so since 2008’s ‘Ponyo’ — a film also directed and written by the maestro himself. The only other film to have passed this milestone in that time is Pixar’s ‘Toy Story 3’.

There is probably a lot of buzz around the movie because it is indeed his final film. However I have seen Miyazaki’s other films and they have all been fantastic, so I will probably have to see it myself once it comes out on DVD. If you haven’t heard of The Wind Rises or if you don’t know about it’s plot, here’s a little bit from it’s wikipedia page found here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wind_Rises

The Wind Rises takes two main sources as its loose inspiration: a Japanese short story from the 1930s also called Kaze Tachinu, and the life of Jiro Horikoshi, the World War II-era aircraft designer. Horikoshi worked on the feared Mitsubishi A6M Zero fighter used by the Japanese air force in the assault on Pearl Harbor, but, rather than glorifying war, The Wind Rises marks a return to Miyazaki’s long-held love affair with flight. In an interview with the Asahi Shimbun, the celebrated animator talks about Horikoshi’s “extraordinary genius” and his desire to “snatch back” the designer’s legacy from patriotic Zero enthusiasts. Japan went to war out of “foolish arrogance,” he says, but the Zero “represented one of the few things that we Japanese could be proud of.”

There you have it. While a historical movie might not be everyone’s taste, you can guarantee this movie will have a lasting effect on Miyazaki’s long legacy.

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