The Box Office Mojo website reports that Hayao Miyazaki‘s final film, The Wind Rises opened in limited release this weekend in 21 theaters with an estimated US$306,000. Those box office receipts gave the film a per-screen average of US$14,571, the second highest among all films in the United States this weekend (after Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me‘s US$15,000 average on two screens).
A man from Japan’s Gunma Prefecture is facing legal action on the grounds of copyright infringement after uploading Studio Ghibli’s 2013 animated film Kaze Tachinu (The Wind Rises in the West) to a public website in July and November last year, the Yomiuri Online reports. When questioned, the accused individual remarked that he uploaded the film “to be popular”, proving once again that crime, especially the dumb kind, does not pay.
Studio Ghibli announced on September 1 that Hayao Miyazaki is retiring. The director will hold a press conference on Friday to further explain the reasons for his retirement.
In case you hadn’t heard, there’s a new Studio Ghibli movie, The Wind Rises (Kaze Tachinu in Japanese), and it’s stirring up quite a buzz! However, not all the press has been particularly positive–or even about the movie in general. A few weeks ago, we mentioned that there was quite a bit of cigarette-smoking in the movie. While smokers, nostalgic for by-gone eras when they could happily puff the day away, might be pleased with all the tobacco in the film, certain people were not. Specifically the Japan Society for Tobacco Control!
It looks like Japanese public opinion is still divided on Ghibli’s new anime film, The Wind Rises (Kaze Tachinu), but commercially, the movie definitely seems to be bringing in the dollars (or yen in this case), with more than 2.2 million moviegoers seeing the film and the gross surpassing a whopping 2.8 billion yen (about US$28 million) in the first nine days of its release.
But now, people who have seen the movie are commenting that they’ve been fascinated by a certain unexpected aspect of the movie — something that involves smoke, but not airplane fumes, as you may guess from the fact that the movie is based on the life story of aircraft engineer Jiro Horikoshi. What people are actually talking about is the surprising number of scenes in which characters are seen smoking cigarettes, puffing away like there’s no tomorrow.
While the official release date of Ghibli’s new feature anime film, The Wind Rises (Kaze Tachinu), is still a few short days away, numerous preview screenings have already taken place across Japan. We too, went to a screening earlier this month and offered you our impressions after seeing the movie, and now, with all the reviews from luckier members off the public trickling in, it seems that not everyone is happy with Ghibli’s new creation, especially the younger audience.
“The wind is rising! … We must attempt to live! (Le vent se lève ! … Il faut tenter de vivre!” — Paul Valéry, Le Cimetière marin
Fans of Japanese anime will know by now that the release of a new Studio Ghibli movie is surrounded by a fair amount of hype. Their newest film, The Wind Rises (Kaze Tachinu), scheduled for release in Japan on July 20, is certainly no exception, especially since it’s the first Ghibli movie in five years to be directed by the studio’s co-founder, Hayao Miyazaki. Now that preview screenings of the movie have started, we were anxious to get our hands on a ticket. Fortunately, that’s exactly what we were able to do, so we thought we’d share our experience with you.