Japan’s Animation Giant Steps Down Amid Controversy
Studio Ghibli co-founder Hayao Miyazaki, whose name has become synonymous with animated Japanese cinema after box office hits like Spirited Away, has announced that his new film The Wind Rises will be his last. A storm of controversy is brewing over the 72-year-old director’s exit. The Wind Rises, which tells the story of the man who designed the infamous World War II Zero fighter plane, has been criticized for being both militant and antiwar. Studio Ghibli’s usual North American distributor has distanced itself from the film; it will see a weeklong U.S. release without a Disney logo in sight.