|KESSEN NO OZORA-E (1943)|
Hayao Miyazaki, whose THE WIND RISES (2013) gathered various praises and criticisms over last few months, made a particularly harsh remark about the coming Zero fighter movie, EI-EN NO ZERO (2013) due open this winter. Based on the bestseller novel of the same title by Naoki Hyakuta, the story is about the brother and sister who investigate their grandfather's past as a Zero fighter Kamikaze pilot. Miyazaki criticized it is "packed with inaccuracies" and "filled with the same old sentiment". To me, this morbid obsession with this particular type of warplane, - Zero fighter -, by both of these men is more puzzling. I can see that its history and its technologies might interest some, but is it necessary to invite such a public debate - or an argument, rather - on this issue? I think it is more worthwhile to look at how people were drawn into this myth of Japanese aviation superiority, through propaganda films, for example.