Considering that the director grew up in Japan, it's probably a bit more complicated than that.
The headline is misleading - I thought this was a universal lens adapter to connect any lens to any body. This is a universal focus gear that fits on any lens. Still a cool product, but you might want to edit the headline to be clear this is a focus ring adapter specifically.
Everyone always cites The Bride, but it's important to remember that the Bride only becomes empowered after being repeatedly raped by the hospital orderly and other strangers, which is a HUGE misogynist trope in movies - that women can only actualize after they are raped.
My vote is that he's not trying to be, but his work is fairly misogynist much like a lot of Hollywood work is not trying to be racist but is fairly racist. Just my two cents.
I thought the original first teaser trailer with City of Stars was fairly Lynchian as it was. My wife almost didn't want to see the movie because she thought it felt creepy.
Depends on what the Academy is interested in. For me it's between the technical mastery and creativity in La La Land (the cinematography really is something else), and the subtle poetry of Moonlight, both are which are better than anything Arrival did.
I wanna know where they got their copy of La La Land to make this :)