The Wind Rises

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:

http://www.cinemanova.com.au/catalogue/meet-the-filmmaker/35769

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)

Synopsis:
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

Links:
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2013293/?ref_=fn_al_tt_2
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 :)

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  • Simon

    Thanks to all who attended tonight :) I hope everyone else enjoyed the film as much as I did. There was so much represented in it - political and economic issues, the balance of Jiro's professional goal, to make a beautiful plane, his relationship, and the national goal, to make effective fighters and bombers. There were a number of characteristic stylistic touches that I appreciated - from the numerous dream scenes to various visual effects (angles, the 'wobble' used for flying objects, etc.) I thought the film overall was well done and I hope it isn't actually Miyazaki's last, as I've heard suggested several times.

    February 21

  • Simon

    I am second row from the back, four seats from the end. There are a few seats free near here but they're filling fast.

    February 20

  • Simon

    We are going in shortly. will post seat location for those who haven't arrived yet, and meet in the same spot afterwards.

    February 20

  • Vanessa

    Hi Simon, I've been unwell today & unfortunately won't b able to make it which is disappointing. Apologies for the late notice. Vanessa

    February 20

    • Simon

      Hi Vanessa, sorry to hear you aren't feeling well and hope you get better soon. Hope to see you another time :) Simon.

      February 20

  • Simon

    Hi all,

    Time flies :) The meetup for "The Wind Rises" is this Thursday. For those of you who haven't purchased your tickets yet, the 6:50pm session still has some seats available, though these are selling fast. For those who bought them ages ago and haven't thought about this since it was first announced, here is your reminder. See you all there :)

    Simon.

    February 17

  • Erina

    Hi Simon,
    I'm attending the 6.50pm to 9.11pm session because the 6.30pm session has sold out.
    I'd like to meet the group before and/or after the 6.30pm session.
    Look forward to hearing from you,
    Erina

    February 11

    • Simon

      Hi Erina,

      Thanks for letting me know. If you want to meet the group, I'd suggest turning up to the meeting point before about 6:10pm, as much later than that and we'll probably be on our way in. After the film, I will head back to the meeting point with anyone who wants to stick around and chat and make sure at least I wait around 20 minutes or so, as I think there's you and at least one other who will be at the 6:50pm session. Regards,

      Simon.

      February 11

    • Erina

      Thanks Simon. I'll be at your meeting point "Black Orange" boutique at 6 pm. Hopefully I will meet the other person attending the 6.50pm session as well. After the 6.50pm film has ended I'll head back to the meeting point to catch up with you and the others.

      February 11

  • Simon

    Hi all,

    As expected and noted below, the 6:30pm session is now SOLD OUT. If you still want to come to this meetup, Nova has scheduled another session at 6:50pm, so you could still meet up with the group before and/or after. If you're doing this, could you please let me know and let me know whether you want to meet the group before or after or both.


    Thanks,

    Simon.

    February 9

  • Jo T.

    Hello everyone I just received this invitation
    and checked for the times etc
    and says that the 6:30 is Sold Out
    the only one available now is 6:50
    which one are you going to attend ?
    thank you ,Jo.

    February 9

    • Simon

      Hi Jo,

      The meetup is for the 6:30 session. That said, if you (or others) are interested in attending the 6:50 session, it should still be possible to meet with the group before/after the 6:30 session, as the session times are close enough together. Let me know if you want to do this :)

      Simon.

      February 9

  • Tess

    Thanks for the heads up Simon, I love animation and especially Miyazaki's stuff. I've bought my ticket and look forward to catching up. Cheers Tess

    1 · January 18, 2014

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