The Wind Rises (2014)
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as Jirô Horikoshi
as Jirô Horikoshi (Japanese language version)
as Nahoko Satomi
as Naoko Satomi (Japanese language version)
as Honjô (Japanese language version)
as Kayo Horikoshi
as Kurokawa (Japanese language version)
as Mrs. Kurokawa
as Hattori (Japanese language version)
as Mitsubishi Employee
as Young Jirô
as Young Nahoko
as Castorp (Japanese language version)
as Flight Engineer
as Young Kayo
as Kurokawa's Wife (Japanese language version)
as Jirô's Mother
as Satomi (Japanese language version)
as Caproni (Japanese language version)
as Jirô's Mother (Japanese language version)
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The film is one of the most rapturously beautiful that Miyazaki has made, and all the more unsettling because of it.
At 73, Miyazaki's farewell is many things -- gorgeous, beckoning, compassionate. For better and worse, it soars above child's play.
When Jiro dreams, "Wind" soars; when he comes down to earth, the film can feel a bit stiff and murky. But then, that may be the point.
The Wind Rises has the sweep and majesty of a Technicolor Hollywood classic.
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Miyazaki's farewell is this lyrical, more adult and very personal project that, though technically splendid and paying an incredible attention to details, may be more appealing to himself as an artist than to most people, with also too many dream scenes that make it feel a bit repetitive.
A aeronautical engineer dreams of building the perfect plane. Slow and meandering, this film's central conflict is more technical than human, more a matter of engineering, an aspect into which the audience has no reference, than universal. While there are some sections in which we get fine interpersonal conflicts, the majority of the film involves Jiro conversing with his dream characters, and there's little to stand in the way of the love plot, thus little source for conflict. Many critics have written about the film's beauty, and I can't see what they're referring to. Many times I thought that the film didn't take advantage of all the creative liberties that animation could allow. Overall, when characters' central conflicts relate to their jobs, the audience must be able to participate in the suspense, and that's not the case with The Wind Rises.
'The Wind Rises'. I'm left feeling like I'm mourning something beautiful. The animation is uniquely magical, with its painted backgrounds, sense of motion and emotion. The sound design is to be noted. Miyazaki's words are pure poetry at times. The romance, up there with the best this year. "Hikoki-Gumo", the song that plays over the end credits, couldn't be any more perfect, sealing the melancholy of the prior 20 minutes right in. Minor pacing issues keep it from being flawless.
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