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Wednesday, 31st July 2013
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Hayao Miyazaki divides opinion with his latest film

Fans of Japanese anime will no doubt be pleased to hear that renowned film director Hayao Miyazaki has finished a feature length film entitled Kaze Tachinu, or The Wind is Rising.

The production will be particularly welcome to his fans, as it is the first time he has completed a feature length production in five years.

Despite receiving mixed reviews - some critics felt the film was anti-Japanese - Miyazaki plans to take the production to the Venice International Film Festival where it will be up for the Golden Lion trophy.

The film is a fictional biography of the creator of the Mitsubishi A6M Zero World War II fighter plane, Jiro Horikoshi.

Speaking in an interview for Kyodo News, the 72-year-old director said: "I've been producing animation movies for the sake of children, so I wondered if I should make a film about a man who developed weapons."

Written by  Susan Ballion

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