The 2015 Japan Film Festival of San Francisco is adding 16 acclaimed films to its programming – including Best Animated Feature Oscar-nominee The Tale of Princess Kaguya and Studio Ghibli’s latest film, When Marnie Was There (Pictured).
Other films of special note include Hayao Miyazaki’s The Wind Rises, and The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness – a documentary following the three key filmmakers of Studio Ghibli as they work to finish production on The Wind Rises and The
Tale of Princess Kaguya.
For a complete list of the expanded slate, follow the jump. The 2015 Japan Film Festival of San Francisco runs from Friday, August 7th to Sunday, August 16th at New People Cinema in Japantown.
On this episode, the GeekScholars discuss The Wind Rises, the animated film from renowned filmmaker and artist, Hayao Miyazaki. The GeekScholars call The Wind Rises a “a romantic journey through aeronautical engineering,” as the film explores the fictionalized life of a Japanese airplane builder during World War II.
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Hayao Miyazaki has been called the Japanese Walt Disney; he is without doubt one of the greatest storytellers of all time. His recent announcement that he was retiring makes The Wind Rises his last film. The trailer (check it out after the jump) is wistful, even melancholy, and yet filled with hope. It seems a fitting finale for a creator whose films were always works of genius.
The Wind Rises opens in limited release on February 21, 2014 before expanding on February 28th.