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Rated PG-13 · 126 minutes · 2013

Anime, Biography, Historical drama
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.
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Producer: Toshio Suzuki and Koji Hoshino
Cast: Hideaki Anno, Miori Takimoto, Hidetoshi Nishijima, Masahiko Nishimura, Stephen Alpert, Morio Kazama, Keiko Takeshita, Mirai Shida, Jun Kunimura, Shinobu Otake and Mansai Nomura

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Chicago Reader The Wind Rises: On a higher plane Hayao Miyazaki's The Wind Rises considers a man who saw the beauty in war. by Ben Sachs 02/19/2014
Portland Mercury Spirited Away This weekend, Portland gets the final film—and the greatest films—from Hayao Miyazaki. by Andrew Wright 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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East Bay Express The Wind Rises The angry sky. by Kelly Vance 02/26/2014

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