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THE WIND RISES
Thur., Oct. 10 | 6:00 PM | DOL
Japan 2013 | Japanese with English subtitles | 126M
DIRECTOR: Hayao Miyazaki
SCREENWRITER: Hayao Miyazaki
PRODUCER: Toshio Suzuki
CAST: Hideaki Anno, Miori Takimoto, Hidetoshi Nishijima, Masahiko Nishimura, Jun Kunimura, Shinobu Otake, Mansai Nomura
A work of ethereal complexity and immense beauty, THE WIND RISES is to be maestro Hayao Miyazaki's swan song. This film is unique amongst the animator's work.
For the first time in his career, Miyazaki weaves a story that spans not days but decades. The protagonist of THE WIND RISES is inspired by two characters that existed in real life: Jiro Horikoshi, visionary designer of one of the most beautiful airplanes in history, the famed Zero fighter; and Tatsuo Hori, author of the novel bearing the film's title.
Miyazaki's Jiro, voiced by cult animation director Hideaki Anno (EVANGELION), lives a simple, rural life. In his fantasy world, up on the highest clouds in the sky, he regularly meets Caproni, an Italian aeronautical engineer who designs the most amazing flying machines. With Caproni's spirited guidance, Jiro studies hard and manages to enter Tokyo's university. His bright intelligence and dedication will lead him to become an elite engineer, and creator of the state-of-the-art fighter bomber put into service just as Japan was contemplating war with the US.
Perhaps Miyazaki's most mature film, THE WIND RISES elaborates on themes dear to his singular poetic, such as an interest in aviation and ecology. Jiro, in his stubborn idealism, seems to embody Miyazaki's own genius, and his world carries a disturbing resemblance to today's Japan, embodied in the message of hope and endurance of the film's tag line, "Ikineba," which in Japanese means "we have to live."