Anime master Miyazaki's new film sounds a warning for Japan
TOKYO (REUTERS) - Mr Hayao Miyazaki's new film is already a box office hit but its themes about the dangers of nationalism and war have set up the Oscar-winning animator for unprecedented criticism.
"The Wind Rises", which debuted at the top of the Japanese box office last month and has a competition slot at the upcoming Venice Film Festival, is based on the man who designed Japan's feared Zero fighter plane used in World War Two.
Commentators see it as a veiled warning that Japan may again be heading in a similar direction.
Mr Miyazaki, 72, emphasised that warning in a scathing essay in mid-July about proposals by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to revise Japan's pacifist constitution.