Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Miyazaki Hate

I had no idea.

Hayao Miyazaki's Kaze Tachinu, known in English as The Wind Rises, opened on July 20 in Japan. It is the first Miyazaki film based on the life of a historical figure – Horikoshi Jiro, who designed the Zero planes shortly before the onset of World War II. ...

“What Miyazaki offers is a layered look at how Horikoshi’s passion for flight was captured by capital and militarism, and the implications of this for thinking about the history of technology [in Japan],” ...

Prime Minister Abe Shinzo’s denial of Japanese war crimes in World War II and his aggressive policies on the disputed Diaoyu islands have sparked criticism in Asia. Miyazaki himself has expressed disapproval.

"One can only be appalled by the lack of historical sense and fixed convictions on the part of top political leaders," Miyazaki wrote in a July editorial put out by his studio’s magazine. "People who have not thought enough should not be messing around with our constitution."

Miyazaki also wrote that a “proper apology” should be given to Korean comfort women who serviced the Japanese army during World War II. ...

Such remarks have generated ire from right-wing Japanese conservatives, many of whom have taken to the internet to express their approval of Prime Minister Abe’s nationalistic policies. On the Yahoo Japan profile for Kaze Tachinu, over 2,000 comments are visible, and many netizens are lashing out at the film’s pacifist message, calling it overly “left-wing”. Others have labelled Miyazaki “anti-Japanese” and a “traitor.” ...

It's one thing to be the kindly old spinner of fantasy films, quite another when you become a peace-loving leftist traitor. Mr. Miyazaki has attracted the angry attention of the knuckle-draggers, and he'll never occupy the high perch in quite the same way ever again.

Oh well.

4 comments:

Christopher Sobieniak said...

Someone had to come out and say it. I'll give him credit for that. Been following up on this long enough to know Japan Rightist tend to keep these things quite too long.

Christopher Sobieniak said...

The whole Japanese nationalism is quite big lately due to it's prime minister's plans on building up the military and other stir-ups.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-08-09/japans-neighbours-fear-abes-nationalism/4876074

hamletprimeiro said...

Master Miyazaki is really one of a kind.

I wonder if some western animation director(with same importance of Miyazaki) would proclame political beliefs so vocally.

Brad Bird, may be.

Christopher Sobieniak said...

Brad Bird comes close.

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