The Student Life department here at Clark College does a great job of putting on a variety of events for the Clark College community. This last Wednesday our Student Life put on a movie event featuring the Japanese film The Wind Rises by Hayao Miyazaki. This film is inspired by Jiro Horikoshi, the creator of the WWII Japanese zero fighter plane design and by the writings of a Tatsuo Hori. Jiro Horikoshi is the main character of the film.
Choosing to show a film from a different country is wonderful, because it allows the community to experience differences in culture. I was also really pleased, because Hayao Miyazaki is one of my favorite directors of all time! However, I was more intrigued by this choice due to how sad and heart wrenching this film is.
The student center was decorated with different cultural displays, and Student Life provided the best snacks ever; chocolate and strawberry pocky, as well as chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry mocha ice cream. Yum yum yum! All of the attendees seemed well prepared to relax and watch the movie, some of them even brought blankets! A smart move, although I don’t know if there were enough tissues to go around! For those who don’t know, Hayao Miyazaki is an animation director from Japan and this movie is not exception to his animation style. The animation throughout the movie is breathtaking, with the first scenes buzzing with action as the main character flies a whimsical plane into a battle. The rest of the movie theatrically depicts the hardships Japan has faced, including scenes that encompass the Great Kanto earthquake in 1923, the depression in Japan, the tuberculosis epidemic, and of course Japan’s descent into WWII, all through the eyes of the main character, Jiro Horikoshi.
Although this film is very serious, I think it is well worth the watch. It’s not just a animated film, or a Japanese cultural experience. It is a completely different way to learn and experience the pain and the history of another country, and for that I think this film is a must watch. Thanks, Student Life, for putting on a great event!