Let's go and see the new Miyazaki film "The Wind Rises". Miyazaki is famous for films such as "Spirited Away", "My Neighbour Totoro", "Ponyo" and many other anime classics. This film ventures into territory that is quite controversial in Japan - the making of Japanese WWII fighter planes. This film has received an Oscar nomination for Best Animated Feature.
Please make an effort to decide on your RSVP and buy your tickets (preferably at the same time) as soon as possible due to the very high demand for this session.
*** UPDATE - 9th February: The 6:30pm session is now SOLD OUT. If you do not have your tickets to the 6:30pm session and still want to attend and see the 6:50pm session instead, let me know - it should still be possible to meet the group before and/or after. Please see notes below. ***
*** Please purchase your ticket(s) when you RSVP. This is very important as the original 6:30pm session is already SOLD OUT and the second one will probably also sell out. ***
I realise that I have opened this a long way ahead of the date (because of the need to book tickets in advance), so I will send out a reminder a few days before just in case anyone forgets.
Please only RSVP if you will attend; no shows will be recorded for future reference.
Date: Thursday, 20th February, 2014
Time: Meet at 6:00pm for the 6:30pm session. (Please don't be late as we need to enter shortly after the meeting time to get good seats.)
(You can also attend the 6:50pm session if you don't have tickets for 6:30pm - please let me know if you're doing this. However, the original meetup times remain unchanged and we still need to enter well before the session start time to get good seats.)
Place: Meet outside "Black Orange" in the arcade outside Cinema Nova. This is roughly opposite the box office.
Notes: Booking in advance is highly recommended. Tickets can be purchased in advance using the following link:
There is another link to this under "Asian Cinema" showing the release date as 27th February but you are not able to buy tickets via that link. This is a pre-release screening and is only available via the above URL or via "Filmmaker and Event Screenings" under "Events" on the Nova's website.
If you leave it until the day to purchase tickets, please note that all purchases at the box office are cash only. The only way to pay using a credit card is online, in advance. If you need to use a debit or credit card, the Westpac ATM in the arcade may be of assistance but you will be charged cash advance or other bank withdrawal fees unless you use a Westpac/St George savings account.
There are no seat allocations so we can purchase tickets individually.
Cinema Nova members receive a small discount (usually around $5) from the ticket price. This film is classed as a special feature and costs about $5 more than the regular ticket price, varying slightly depending on whether you're a student, Nova member, pensioner, etc.
Duration: 126 minutes
Rating: PG (Mild themes)
The great Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki's new film, which moves elliptically from early 20th century Japan through the earthquake of 1923 to the aftermath of World War II, was inspired by the life of Jiro Horikoshi, the man who designed the Zero fighter plane. Miyazaki's father worked in the aviation industry, and he shares his principled, contemplative hero's passionate love of engineering and longing for flight. It's at the heart of the film's story, its visionary imagery, and its poetic refrains and touchstones (the title is from a poem by Valry ("The wind is rising! We must try to live"). The Wind Rises is something wondrous - a pacifist film with a protagonist who understands that his country is headed for disaster but pursues his dream. It's also a great and astonishingly beautiful work - and quite a controversial one in Japan - about the fragility of humanity and the pursuit of love.
Cinema Nova will screen both the original Japanese language with English subtitles as well as the English-dubbed versions of The Wind Rises; however, this screening will be the Japanese language version with English subtitles.
Reviews: Rotten Tomatoes (81% critic, 92% user); Metacritic (84%)
Genres: Animation, Biography, Drama, History, Romance, War
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Writer: Hayao Miyazaki (comic)
Stars: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Emily Blunt, Mae Whitman
Rotten Tomatoes: http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the_wind_rises/
Post-film discussion: There are plenty of places to go for coffee on Lygon St afterwards if people are interested. No need to let me know if you want to do this now - I think the ad-hoc approach should work reasonably well here :)