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7.7
/10
2,351 Ratings

The Wind Rises

Kaze tachinu

Directed by Hayao Miyazaki
Japan, 2013
Animation, Biography, Drama

Synopsis

A look at the life of Jiro Horikoshi, the man who designed Japanese fighter planes during World War II.

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The Wind Rises Directed by Hayao Miyazaki
If you want to know why good old-fashioned hand-drawn animation is aesthetically superior to its digital counterpart, look no further than here: the painstaking work required to produce Miyazaki’s breathtaking 2-D images lends the film a human touch—and consequently a sense of warmth—that the digital behemoths of Hollywood cannot match. Everything about THE WIND RISES feels handcrafted and deeply satisfying—like a good craft beer.
May 29, 2015
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I’ve seen few movies that know themselves as well as this one, and none that were confident enough to survive such awareness with such grace. Like its protagonist, Jiro Horikoshi, inventor of the Zero plane, the movie is smart enough to understand its own tragic implications and honest enough about its commitment to beauty to continue regardless. Everything that makes The Wind Rises uncomfortable is a result of this honesty.
May 22, 2014
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While it’s very unlike Spirited Away in most respects, it’s similarly fascinating and baffling, with wild narrative lurches and seeming non sequiturs. It’s Miyazaki’s most atypical cartoon, yet it might be his most personal self-representation, a portrait of the artist as a myopic dreamer.
May 09, 2014
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