The Wind Rises, Japanese Boy…

A++ (I liked this one)

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      As always, I am grateful for the opportunity to see a Hayao Miyazaki film in theaters. Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea, Spirited Away, and now The Wind Rises.

    My first impression of the film, walking out of the theater was that Hayao Miyazaki’s latest had surpassed what had been my favorite film (Princess Mononoke). The animation was superb (duh), but the story itself was just so touching to me. It had a special sentimental quality that resonated throughout the animated biopic and kept me engaged. The story’s central character Jiro dream is to build “beautiful” planes–Airplanes that carry people, not bombs. Such a goal, however noble, does not seem likely to pan out. Japan is at war, like much of the World at this point in history, and so any new type of aircraft designers were put to work for the army. And so Jiro has to come to terms with having to design planes for the army, as well as falling in love with a young woman with tuberculosis. The story is Miyazaki’s heartfelt, moving “swan song” as his legendary career as a director comes to an end. That is unless he actually isn’t going to retire after all. More news on that as it becomes available…

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