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The Wind Rises

The Wind Rises
Drama, Animation | 2014 | PG-13. 2hr 6min
CAST: Hideaki Anno, Hidetoshi Nishijima, Miori Takimoto DIRECTOR: Hayao Miyazaki SATURDAYS WITH STUDIO GHIBLI

Jiro dreams of flying and designing beautiful airplanes, inspired by the famous Italian aeronautical designer Caproni. Nearsighted from a young age and unable to be a pilot, Jiro joins a major Japanese engineering company in 1927 and becomes one of the world's most innovative and accomplished airplane designers. The film chronicles much of his life, depicting key historical events, including the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923, the Great Depression, the tuberculosis epidemic and Japan's plunge into war. Jiro meets and falls in love with Nahoko, and grows and cherishes his friendship with his colleague Honjo.

Shown in Japanese with English subtitles.


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Reviews
This is not a cartoon for children, but a vision both beautiful and horrific of the promise and perils of art.
Pat Padua, DCist
The film is one of the most rapturously beautiful that Miyazaki has made, and all the more unsettling because of it.
Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader
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