The Wind Rises

The Wind Rises  {Kaze tachinu}
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The Wind Rises
Kaze tachinu
Japan, 2013, 126 Minute Running Time
Topic: Animation
Program: Modern Masters
Language: Japanese English Sub-Titles

Veteran animator Hayao Miyazaki grew up fascinated by airplanes – his father owned a factory that produced rudders for biplanes – as can be seen in the whimsical flying contraptions that pop up in Castle in the Sky, Porco Rosso and Kiki’s Delivery Service.

It makes sense, then, that his first film in five years, and very possibly his swansong, should be inspired by the life of Jiro Horikoshi, a young man much like the filmmaker, who grew up to be a designer and engineer, and who is best known for the “Zero” fighter plane, a masterpiece of aerodynamics that became fodder for the Imperial war machine in WWII.

“Miyazaki’s 11th feature draws a sober, socially astute portrait of Japan between the two World Wars, marked by flights of incredible visual fancy, harrowing images of poverty and destruction, and touches of swooning romance […] Miyazaki is at the peak of his visual craftsmanship here, alternating lush, boldly colored rural vistas with epic, crowded urban canvases, soaring aerial perspectives and test flights both majestic and ill-fated. ‘Airplanes are beautiful dreams,’ notes a character in one of pic’s fantasy sequences. So, too, this movie about them.”
- Scott Foundas, Variety

DIRECTOR: Hayao Miyazaki
Producer: Toshio Suzuki
Editor: Takeshi Seyama
Screenwriter: Hayao Miyazaki
Music: Joe Hisaishi
Principal Cast: Hideaki Anno, Miori Takimoto, Hidetoshi Nishijima, Masahiko Nishimura, Jun Kunimura, Mirai Shida
Filmography: Ponyo (2008)
Howl's Moving Castle (2004)
Spirited Away (2001)
Princess Mononoke (1997)
Porco Rosso (1992)
Kiki's Delivery Service (1989)

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