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Sowing the Wind

The BFI is running a Studio Ghibli season this month, and last night I attended a preview screening of their latest, The Wind Rises.

It's a fictionalised biography of aircraft designer Jiro Horikoshi (whose name I've just had to look up despite watching an entire film about him just over 12 hours ago), from bespectacled, aeroplane-obsessed kid to brilliant aeronautical engineer troubled by the sight of his creations going off to war. As the decades pass, Japan modernises, shown by increasingly crowded waters and speedy trains. We see Jiro's dreamed conversations with Italian designer Caproni, his visions of a graceful, gull-winged monoplane, and his visit to a darkly mechanised Germany, while we know that Japan is heading for the inevitable.

See it if you like anime, see it if you like looking at beautiful Japanese landscapes, but most of all see it if you love aircraft and believe in the film's message: Airplanes aren't for making money, or making war. Airplanes are beautiful dreams.
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My film-pundit friends say it's a lovely movie. I've only seen two Miyasaki films, but I loved them both.
I haven't seen them all, but the ones I have seen have all been objectively amazing, even though I didn't get on with them consistently.
Ah! I wish it were cheaper to get into the city. =:P Same with London Cocktail Week - so many fun events and nifty venues, but at £14 to get in and around, let alone the actual food and drink.. =:/

Needless to say, I do want to see The Wind Rises. It's not the "fantastical" Ghibli I prefer, but they can work such magic in even the most realistic settings, as embodied by Whisper of the Heart. (That spontaneous jam session is just beautiful)

BTW, the White Horse is holding their "Over the Hop" beer festival this weekend. Might you be heading that way?
Oh, you will like it, promise!

I'll be down in Dorset this weekend, unfortunately.