Rated PG-13 · 126 minutes · 2014
In director Hayao Miyazaki’s enchanting and somber The Wind Rises, Jiro (a character based on one of the designers of WWII Japanese warplanes) shares his dreams with Caproni, an Italian airplane builder who intends to retire. As it turns out, The Wind Rises is allegedly the last animated feature from Miyazaki, the legendary animation director of such films as Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle and Ponyo. If this is indeed his final film, he’s going out on a high note. The film is a bittersweet mix of the joy of fulfilling dreams, and how innocent dreams can sometimes foster terrible destruction. Miyazaki avoids politics for the most part, but there’s an underlying sadness in Jiro and the movie. It’s a beautifully made, complex film, far more so than your average animated movie. The English-dubbed version features the voices of Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Emily Blunt and Martin Short.


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Official Site: thewindrisesmovie.tumblr.com
Director: Hayao Miyazaki and Gary Rydstrom
Producer: Toshio Suzuki, Koji Hoshino, Geoffrey Wexler and Frank Marshall
Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, John Krasinski, Emily Blunt, Martin Short, Stanley Tucci, Mandy Patinkin, Werner Herzog, William Macy, Mae Whitman, Jennifer Grey, Darren Criss, Elijah Wood, Ronan Farrow, Zach Callison, Eva Bella, Madeleine Yen, Edie Mirman and David Cowgill

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Portland Mercury Spirited Away This weekend, Portland gets the final film—and the greatest films—from Hayao Miyazaki. by Andrew Wright 02/26/2014
East Bay Express The Wind Rises The angry sky. by Kelly Vance 02/26/2014
Inlander Flimsy Farewell In his final film, anime master Hayao Miyazaki offers a convoluted story by Ed Symkus 02/27/2014
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