21 Mar 2019 12:19 PM +00:00 UTC

Hayao Miyazaki Hates Lord of the Rings, Indiana Jones, and Hollywood Movies?

Hayao Miyazaki is an anime legend, there's no beating around the bush when it comes to that. He is responsible for some of the best anime movies ever made and is one of the reasons why Studio Ghibli is a household name for wheebs and kotakus alike. Sadly, fans in the West will be sad to know that Miyazaki isn't a fan of Hollywood movies and has attacked two huge franchises; Lord of the Rings and Indiana Jones.

Kotaku has pointed out how an interview from a few years back has resurfaced in a number of Japanese blogs, where Miyazaki unleashes his anger towards the two movies mentioned above. It's really sad to see, though the man is entitled to his opinion.

Here are some of the excerpts from this interview:

"If someone is the enemy, it's okay to kill endless numbers of them. Lord of the Ringsis like that. If it's the enemy, there's killing without separation between civilians and soldiers. That falls within collateral damage. How many people are being killed in attacks in Afghanistan? The Lord of the Rings is a movie that has no problem doing that [not separating civilians from enemies, apparently]. If you read the original work, you'll understand, but in reality, the ones who were being killed are Asians and Africans. Those who don't know that, yet say they love fantasy are idiots."
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"Even in the Indiana Jones movies, there is a white guy who, ‘bang,' shoots people, right? Japanese people who go along and enjoy with that are unbelievably embarrassing. You are the ones that, ‘bang,' get shot. Watching [those movies] without any self-awareness is unbelievable. There's no pride, no historical perspective. You don't know how you are viewed by a country like America."

So yeah, that's a lot of anger. Completely blaming America is a bit much though since Lord of the Rings was directed by a British Man and was shot in New Zealand. It's hard to call all of his criticisms valid but the guy isn't a Nazi at least.

What do you think of Hayao Miyazaki's opinions?

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