THE SCENE

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - COVER STORY -

The Wind Rises is Miyazaki’s least dream­like film; it is some­thing of a biopic af­ter all. But if we look back at Miyazaki’s body of work, there is a recurring blend of Euro­pean and East Asian cul­ture in many of his films that’s re­flected in dreamy set­tings that aren’t quite East and aren’t quite West. In 1989’s Kiki’s De­liv­ery Ser­vice, Miyazaki’s team based the town Kiki flies around on Stock­holm and other cities in­clud­ing San Fran­cisco. 1992’s Porco Rosso main char­ac­ter is an Ital­ian pi­lot, cursed to wan­der the earth in the form of an an­thro­po­mor­phic pig. Miyazaki trav­elled to Col­mar and Riquewihr in Al­sace, France, to study the ar­chi­tec­ture and the sur­round­ings to in­form the an­i­ma­tion for 2004’s Howl’s Mov­ing Cas­tle.

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