Author: Robert Dylan Fields

MOVIE REVIEW: Miyazaki’s Final Work Soars Above the Rest

ROBERT DYLAN FIELDS WRITES – One of the most pressing issues being debated in Japan today is the need to beef up the country’s military presence. Since the end of World War II, Japan has officially gone without an Army (a pacifist constitution being a condition of peace with the Allied forces). In truth, that hasn’t stopped the country from having a strong military through its well-trained and technologically advanced national guard, known as the Japan Self-Defense Force (JSDF). In light of China’s growing might, Japanese politicians have been debating how much stronger, if at all, the JSDF should be. Most, it seems, don’t see a lot of need, tracking with people on the street who’d rather see increased funding of education, healthcare, and other programs that help citizens live happier lives. Among those opposing further militarization is outspoken Academy Award-winning director Hayao Miyazaki, one of Japan’s most esteemed filmmakers. Best known for the animated marvel “Spirited Away,” Miyazaki and his Studio Ghibli have returned to deliver what he says will be his final animated film, “The Wind Rises.” Since his directorial debut in 1979 with “Lupin the Third: The Castle of Cagliostro,” Miyazaki’s gift for animation has captured the hearts and minds of men, women, and children. Whether telling heartwarming fairy tales like “My Neighbor Totoro,” or high-fantasy epics such as “Princess Mononoke,” Miyazaki’s vivid imagination never disappoints. But...

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MOVIE REVIEW: The Redeeming Value of a ‘Touch of Sin’

ROBERT DYLAN FIELDS WRITES – Globalization is a heated issue in China. Even as the country has synced with the rest of the world economically — lifting millions out of poverty in the process — some Chinese fear too much integration threatens the very foundation Chinese culture. As a populace that traditionally leans toward collectivism (as emphasized by the ethics of Confucianism) they fear this national characteristic is threatened by the hyper-individualistic mindset of the West. Sixth generation Chinese filmmaker Jia Zhangke reflects on this fear in his latest gritty crime drama, A Touch of Sin. This film tells...

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