MCM Buzz Announce The Wind Rises Competition Winners!

The Wind RisesWith the release of Hayao Miyazaki’s farewell film, The Wind Rises, now behind us and the film attracting more and more acclaim with each  person who views it (check out our review here), MCM Buzz is proud to announce the winners to our recent competition.

As part of the competition we asked entrants to submit to us their tribute to the legendary Miyazaki to celebrate the fact that this movie marks his last feature film project. Particpants were able to submit their entries in whatever format they wished, be it simple text or a picture, the only limit was that of their imagination.

The end results were staggering and featured so many great entries that the judges had a tough time selecting the winner and in the end having narrowed it to down to a final six , the judges settled on one lucky person to win the prize of a Studio Ghibli Blu-Ray collection.

That winning entry came from Paolo Raimondo and was selected by the judges as they felt that despite the other great entries, his story of a father and son bonding and benefiting from Miyazaki’s works resonated with some of the themes of family that featured in the director’s works.

The winning entry and other members of the final six choices can be seen below and thank you to all those who entered. Most importantly though from all here at MCM Buzz thank you Miyazaki-San for all of your time, dedication and passion and we hope you enjoy a well earned retirement.

Winning Entry-Paolo Raimondo

To Miyazaki-San,

As I write this letter of appreciation, this fan is 35 year old man who has a 6 year old son.
I remember the first time I ever saw Castle in the Sky. I was 9 or 10 and had found the film showing on TV. Now, for a young boy being used to Disney movies, talking bears, puppets and  princesses, being force fed musicals and worlds where right is always going to win. The world inhabited by Patsu, Sheeta and the Dola pirate gang was more magical and engaging to my wide eyes than anything I’d seen since Star Wars or Indiana Jones.  The spellbinding adventure of two star crossed kids in a race against the sinister Muska to find the floating Castle of Laputa is still, almost 3 decades later, a fabulous film. One that stands up as not just a great anime, but a genuine great film that I consider to be as crucial to my movie childhood as anything starring Harrison Ford or Michael J Fox during the 80’s.To me, the name Hayao Miyazaki is as synonymous with good entertainment, story telling and magic as anything by George Lucas or Steven Spielberg.

That movie, Laputa, is the whole reason I sought out anime in the first place. Is wholly responsible for my fascination with manga and Japanese culture.
And now, it begins again. I mentioned earlier that I have a 6 year old son. He has become as spellbound by the anime produced at Studio Ghibli as I ever was. Castle in the Sky, Ponyo, My Neighbour Totoro, Porco Rosso and Spirited Away have him hooked and enthralled. Laughing and clapping his hands at every turn in the adventures of Sosuke and Lupin III.

What I haven’t mentioned so far is that my little boy is Autistic. He is non-verbal. He makes little eye contact and communicates in a way that only his mother and I can discern. He’s a fun loving kid, and an active and always demanding little boy. Hyper-sensitive and incredibly emotional. The reason I am telling you this is that my son requests to watch your movies as much as, or more than, the likes of Toy Story or Wall-e. Pixar have been likened to an American Studio Ghibli. But, there is only one Studio Ghibli. There is only one Hayao Miyazaki. And now that you have more than earned your retirement, this father and son duo would like you to know that you have touched our hearts, our lives and have given us entertainment like nothing else. You have brought magic, fun, drama and fantastic worlds and characters to myself and my son, to two generations of Raimondo boys.
 You have no idea how important that is to us.
I am a fan. My son is a fan. And that’s praise enough.

So, thank you Miyazaki-San. Put your feet up.

Paolo & Luca Raimondo
Father & son.

Special Mentions (The remaining members of the final six)

Antony Lee

” “Princess Mononoke?” A seven year old boy snorts dersively as he reads the name in the TV Guide, “That sounds like it’s for girls!”. For some reason, however, that same seven year old found himself turning in to FilmFour to watch it, unaware that his life was about to encounter one of its greatest influences to date – Hayao Miyazaki.

Even at this tender age, it didn’t take long for me to become immersed as a master in his craft spun his tale. Growing up on the hand-drawn Disney films, the art style of this Studio Ghibli piece stood out in comparison, and a tale which wasn’t simplified for a younger audience kept me gripped until the last.

 As the end credits rolled, I remember scampering from the room begging my mum to find more films like it. Before long, I had devoured titles like “Castle in the Sky”, “My Neighbour Totoro” and “Kiki’s Delivery Service” and formed a lifelong attachment to the works of Miyazaki.

Now, at the age of 20, I can still pinpoint this exact moment, as I cast aside my preconceptions to watch Princess Mononoke, as a pivotal one in my life. Now studying Creative Writing at University, I know I wouldn’t be here had it not been for the experience of watching Miyazaki’s stories come to life. He taught me that a good story can reach out to all audiences. regardless of age. He taught me that a good story can make magic real, and bring new worlds to life.

Many people tell me that animated movies are for children. Without fail, I point them to any one of Miyazaki’s works in response.

Knowing that The Wind Rises is the last Miyazaki film I’ve seen for the first time should make me feel sad. I tell myself that I should feel a sense of loss at his retirement. But I don’t. Every time I watch one of his films, I still feel that detached sense of awe and amazement. As that famous blue Ghibli logo appears on my screen, the years roll back and that same seven year old is seated in front of the TV, delightedly anticipating the story about to be told. All I feel at the news of Miyazaki’s retirement is gratitude.

Thank you, Hayao Miyazaki, for delighting myself and so many others over the years.”

Daniel Hall


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