Shin Gojira [Shin Godzilla] (2016)

Shin Gojira
Director: Hideaki AnnoShinji Higuchi
Writer: Hideaki Anno, Sean Whitley
Cast: Hiroki HasegawaYutaka TakenouchiSatomi IshiharaRen Osugi
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
Seen on: 4.5.2017
[Review by cornholio.]

The coast guard inspects an abandoned yacht just outside Tokyo when they are attacked by something. Viral footage of the incident quickly makes the rounds and reaches Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Rando Yaguchi (Hiroki Hasegawa). As the cabinet tries to figure out what exactly happened and what next steps are necessary, Yaguchi puts forward the theory that it looks like an animal attack. When he is proven right – there is an massive animal wreaking havoc and that makes its way onto land, where it evolves -, Yaguchi is tasked with figuring out this creature.

Shin Godzilla brings a couple of (to me) fresh ideas to the kaiju movie genre, but it still didn’t manage to win my kaiju-averse heart over.

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Kaze tachinu [The Wind Rises] (2013)

Kaze tachinu
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Writer: Hayao Miyazaki
Based on: his own manga which in turn is based on Tatsuo Hori‘s short story The Wind Has Risen about plane designer Jiro Horikoshi
Cast: [Japanese:] Hideaki Anno, Hidetoshi Nishijima, Miori Takimoto, Mansai Nomura; [English:] Joseph Gordon-Levitt, John Krasinski, Emily Blunt, Martin Short, Stanley Tucci, Mandy Patinkin, Mae Whitman, Werner Herzog, Jennifer Grey, William H. Macy, Darren Criss, Elijah Wood

Jiro (Hideaki Anno) loves airplanes. He would like to fly one, but unfortunately his eyesight is too bad to become a pilot. Instead he decides to become a plane designer, after designer Giovanni Battista Caproni (Mansai Nomura) speaks to him in a dream. Years later his dream is coming true, but World War 2 is also on the horizon, which poses the question whether it is ethical to design war planes.

I was really excited for a new Miyazaki film, despite the fact that Ponyo wasn’t all that good. I was hoping that the chiefly positive reviews were right. I’m sorry to say that I was really disappointed though. Maybe he really should have quit already.

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