Miyazaki Lecture at Columbia University

Hayao Miyazaki, Columbia University, The Wind Rises, Susan Napier, Tufts University, anime, NYC, Japan

The Poetics of Technology, Nostalgia and Denial: The Legacy of Miyazaki’s Final Film

Thursday, April 9 at 6:00 p.m.

Room 403 Kent Hall, Columbia University

Admission: Free

Hayao Miyazaki, arguably the world’s greatest living animator, announced his retirement the same year that he released The Wind Rises in 2013. The film, while carrying on many Miyazaki traditions such as a compelling narrative, well-rounded characters, and stunning imagery, also departs from these traditions in important ways. The Wind Rises is a realistic historical narrative, rather than a fantasy; the film is set in 1930s Japan and traces the development of Japan’s greatest war plane, the Mitsubishi Zero. With its themes of war, technology and evanescence, The Wind Rises was controversial at its release, and left many critics uncertain of Miyazaki’s final filmic message.

Susan Napier, Professor of Japanese Studies Tufts University, will explore the complex legacy Miyazaki has left us in The Wind Rises and the controversies that still persist.

No registration is required. For more information, please visit Donald Keene Center’s website.