Famous animator Hayao Miyazaki says he’s not the biggest fan of the Lord of the Rings and other Hollywood franchises for a reason his many fans around the world will be surprised to hear at first. However, you’ll most likely understand why this Oscar-winning filmmaker feels the way he does.
Farout Magazine reports that Miyazaki, at the time, was reflecting on the destructive messages he often found in Hollywood films. According to him, these films tend to push a narrative that believes wrongdoing can only be punished by bloodshed, and that the killing of countless lives of innocent individuals is permissible as long as it brings retaliation. to wrongdoers.
“Americans shoot things and they blow things up and so on, so as you’d expect, they make movies like that,” Miyazaki said at the time. “If someone is the enemy, it’s okay to kill an infinite number of them. the Lord of the Rings is like that.
Continuing, Miyazaki said, “The Lord of the Rings is a movie that has no problem doing that [not separating civilians from enemies, apparently]. If you read the original work you will understand, but in reality those who were killed were Asians and Africans. Those who don’t know it, but say they love fantasy are fools.
Hayao Miyazaki ponders violence in iconic Hollywood movies
Adding to his belief that Hollywood films often romanticize the horrors that come with the “collateral damage” of war for its audiences, Miyazaki notes the beloved IndianaJones The franchise is also another movie that he started to dislike to some degree for similar reasons.
“Even in the IndianaJones movies, there’s a white guy who, “bang”, shoots people, right? Japanese people accepting and appreciating this are incredibly embarrassing,” Miyazaki allegedly said in a resurfaced interview. “It’s you who, ‘bang’, you get shot. Watching [those movies] without any self-awareness is amazing. There is no pride, no historical perspective.
Although his lyrics are relatively new, Hayao Miyazaki’s morals and values have always rang true. Concrete example, the Grave of the Fireflies and Princess Mononoketwo of many Studio Ghibli films that not only refrained from poking fun at any culture or nationality, but also made a point of shedding unbiased light on the true complexities of war.
The critically acclaimed title The wind picks up also exposes Miyazaki’s feelings. In the 2013 film, Miyazaki focused on highlighting the collateral damage that actually accompanies war. He did this by showing the tragedy of Jiro Horikoshi, the film’s protagonist, who saw his innovative creations intended to improve Japanese society become weapons of mass destruction.
What else, The wind picks up avoided blaming a single country for the cataclysm that was World War II, because that would have, as Hayao Miyazaki said, put innocent people, who had little to do with the start of the war, in the same group as the malevolent rulers who wanted to see bloodshed, however catastrophic.
As he enters the making of his final film based on the 1937 novel How do you live?The ever-esteemed Hayao Miyazaki is sure to stand by his beliefs once again so that audiences can leave theaters with hearts filled with pride rather than minds filled with violence.