The Wind Rises

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2014 | 126 minutes | Rated PG-13

A fictionalized biography of Jiro Horikoshi, the chief engineer of many Japanese fighter planes deployed during World War II, The Wind Rises begins in his childhood, which is consumed by fantasies of flight. He yearns only to build the perfect airplane. As an adult, when he's finally given the chance to realize that dream, it's clear that his talents are to be used to build weapons of war. Yet he remains resolutely focused on his goal, to the exclusion of not merely his family but quite possibly the good in his soul. Miyazaki, like any great artist, knows a thing or two about his dreams being released into the world, potentially to be misused or misunderstood. For most of his career, he's been the chronicler of his people's imagination, youthful exuberance, and inexhaustible spirit, and if this indeed is his last work, he ends on an elder's wise note of caution, a warning that those great things are not the only things.

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Film Credits
Director
Hayao Miyazaki, Gary Rydstrom
Cast
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, John Krasinski, Emily Blunt, Martin Short, Stanley Tucci, Mandy Patinkin, Werner Herzog, William Macy, Mae Whitman, Jennifer Grey, Darren Criss, Elijah Wood, Ronan Farrow, Zach Callison, Eva Bella, Madeleine Yen, Edie Mirman, David Cowgill