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Billed as the swan song for animation master Hayao Miyazaki (since retracted, as the briefly retired filmmaker is currently at work on new film HOW DO YOU LIVE?), THE WIND RISES is a fictionalized biographical portrait of Jiro Horikoshi, a gifted Japanese engineer whose greatest achievement was designing the Zero fighter planes used by Japan to wage war in Asia and the Pacific during World War II — eventually including kamikaze flights. Amid the ruins of a demolished and burning Tokyo, with Japan on the cusp of surrender, the aged Horikoshi looks back over his life and work in flashbacks and dream sequences. With gentle but devastating irony, Miyazaki depicts how the passion, hard work and ingenuity of an individual can be co-opted and corrupted — whether by individual hubris or the demands of society — resulting in disaster, not unlike the Greek myth of Icarus flying too close to the sun. DIR/SCR Hayao Miyazaki; PROD Toshio Suzuki. Japan, 2013, color, 127 min. In Japanese with English subtitles. RATED PG-13

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127 Minutes
Animation, drama


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