The Wind Rises and United States of Japan

As mentioned a few months ago, a fellow author of mine, Peter Tieryas Liu, will be releasing his new novel, “United States of Japan,” next year, and as he nears the end of the editing process, he rewarded himself recently by watching Hayao Miyazaki’s (supposed) final film, “The Wind Rises.” Today he took some time to share some thoughts about the film itself, as well as what Miyazaki’s films have meant to him.

I believe it’s safe to say that this is something we have in common. If you’ve happened to have read both of our debut works, then you may know how they are not at all similar, content-wise. However, if there’s one common source of inspiration that has helped Peter and I write the works of ours that are now out in the world, that honor would have to go to Miyazaki. Along with being an amazing filmmaker, he’s first and foremost an incredible storyteller; one that does not come around that often.

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The Wind Rises is like a gale of emotion, both haunting and enchanting, a meditative film that is all the more poignant considering it’s most likely Miyazaki’s last. It’s easily one of my favorite of his films, even though it lacks many of the fantasy elements which I’ve come to love in his work. I’ll take that a step further and say it’s one of my favorite films of the year. At the same time, I think it’s more powerful coming after the personal journey I’ve had with United States of Japan and all the editing I’ve been doing of late. Based in part on the life of Jiro Horikoshi who designed the Mitsubishi A5M fighter and its successor, the Zero, both of which were used by the Japanese Empire, it’s a compelling look at Japan’s past and a historical journey into the struggles that shaped the era. At the…

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