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The Wind Rises (Original Title: Kaze Tachinu)
dir. Hayao Miyazaki
Release 7/20/13 (JP), 2/21/14 (Limited US), 2/28/14 (Wide US)
The Wind Rises is the latest and so far final film from legendary anime director Hayao Miyazaki. It is a fictionalized biography of Jiro Horikoshi, the designer of the Zero fighter plane used by the Empire of Japan during WWII. The story of a creative being touched by inspiration and seeing his creations mistreated mirrors Miyazaki's own career and serves as a fitting footnote to a long illustrious career.
We start with Jiro's childhood, where he dreams of becoming a pilot, but his nearsightedness makes this dream an impossibility. Falling asleep after poring over an English aeronautical magazine, Jiro is visited in a dream by the Italian aircraft designer Caproni, who tells him that designing aircraft in infinitely more rewarding than flying it. The movie goes on to follow Jiro at school, taking a job at Mitsubishi, and finding love in a woman named Naoko, culminating in the creation of the prototype of the A5M, the predecessor to the Zero.
Despite being about the designer of a WWII fighter plane, very little attention is given to the war itself, fitting Miyazaki's notoriety as a pacifist. Japan's technology being behind the rest of the world drives most of the characters as they struggle to design a plane that can stand up to the ones being built around the world. The layman's audience may not know much about fuselages and flush rivets, but the jargon of aircraft design is merely second to the inspiration behind such design.
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