Praised animation film director Hayao Miyazaki will release his first new film in five years on Saturday.
The new movie, “Kaze Tachinu” (“The Wind Has Risen”), is based on the lives of Jiro Horikoshi, the designer of Japan’s World War II-era Zero fighter plane, and mid-20th century writer Tatsuo Hori.
The 72-year old director said in an interview for Kyodo News that Horikoshi was one “of the most brilliant” Japanese in the early years of the Showa era (1926-1989).
The film title is actually inspired from a novel written by Hori in 1937 that accounts a woman’s struggle with tuberculosis.
“I’ve been producing animation movies for the sake of children, so I wondered if I should make a film about a man who developed weapons,” said Miyazaki, regarding his approach on Jiro Horikoshi’s biography.
“It was wrong from the beginning to go to war,” Miyazaki added. “But as the Japanese opted for war, it’s useless to blame Jiro for it. Basically, engineers are neutral. For instance, automobiles can help people but they can also hit them”, the multi- awarded director said.
Hayao Miyazaki is the recipient of many trophies for his work, among which the Golden Bear award at the Berlin Film Festival and the American Academy Award for Animated Feature Film.